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whitfield quest question

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by northern pellet hog, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. northern pellet hog

    northern pellet hog New Member

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    I have a quest with oval pellet chute that last year would occassionally the fire pot would ash up and fire goes out and overfills with pellets. this summer i pull the entire stove apart and clean everthing I even got the exhaust off and clean right to the damper and also took a bottle brush and compressed air to it. Now when I start the stove i have to have the damper closed completely and it is troublesome to get going and if i do get it to run will run for a short period of time at 1/3third pellet feed and i can watch the fire go out as the pellets are burning faster than it supplies the pellet. I have replace the bushing on the auger shaft cleaned the auger tube timed the auger and the intervals have not changed in which it runs the auger. I have changed pellets tried lots of different combinations. it sees now it is getting to much air to combust as the sparks really fly and the pellets really dance with the damper closed. one last note is the fire lasts longer with the fan on low than high. It only has the two speeds.

    any insight would be appreciated

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  2. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Is that damper actually closing all the way, we have seen stoves on here that the owner thinks the damper is closing all the way and they have no control over the fire only to discover that it isn't in the slide or isn't going in all of the way (gets blocked) or the control arm isn't actually always operating the slide.
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  3. northern pellet hog

    northern pellet hog New Member

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    I will double check for sure but I do see difference when operating which could be not enough travel in it. The other thing that i wonder is when I cleaned the stove and had the housing off where the damper is located the damper itself is smaller than the area it is located in. I am not talking about a couple of pieces of paper but say a knife blade would fit the gap around it. I will double check the damper itself as i feel drag on it during adjustment but maybe that resistance is the cable itself. I will say I did forget to hook up the cable during reassemble so I will have to make sure it did not fall off. I did check to make sure it is not drawing air in around the door. The flame and burn seem right almost too good with it closed. I will get back with results. Thanks
  4. leoschu

    leoschu New Member

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    I have a Quest doing a similar thing. I haven't looked inside yet but I'm wondering if you've discovered the source of your problem. Maybe your fix will point me in the right direction. Thanks.
  5. northern pellet hog

    northern pellet hog New Member

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    I did find the problem with my stove i think thanks to smokeys info I found that the cable for the damper has a retainer and i gues when i had it all apart i must had tweaked it just a little as i loosened it off and pulled panel off and made sure damper was completely closed and resecured everthing from the damper back. just got a chance to do this as it was in my shop as have been to busy. It has not run for almost a day so I think i am there.

    any question let me know as i now a little bit about them now as I have had it all apart.
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  6. northern pellet hog

    northern pellet hog New Member

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    thanks for the info it looks like the retained for the cable itself was preventing full closure

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