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wierdest thing that I have ever burnt in my pellet stove

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by smirnov3, Jan 7, 2008.

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  1. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    Last night, I found that a bag of walnuts I had was infested with moth larvae.

    I stomped the bag a couple of times to crush the nuts (these were without the shell), then tossed them in my hopper.

    they burnt without a hitch, but I think I just voided my warranty.
    :)

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  2. pegdot

    pegdot New Member

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    A screw....I think. That's what I'm doing in the house in the middle of the day when it's beautiful out and I should be working. Came inside for a late lunch break only to discover that the stove had gone out. No pellets dropping. So, I emptied the hopper and noticed that the screw that holds the adjustment plate in there was missing in action. Uh oh! I ran the stove in diagnostic mode until both augers were empty. No screw. Blew both augers out. No screw. Cleaned all the ash and ran a magnet through them. No screw. Ran the magnet through the pellets I'd removed from the hopper. No screw. Gave up, replaced the screw with a new one, put some pellets in the hopper and fired it up. Seems to be working fine now but where the heck is that screw?!?!? And why do I have the feeling it will show up in the middle of the night? :down:


    Anton, we've got to get you some help lad! lol Is there nothing you won't burn? :wow:
  3. debbiels1979

    debbiels1979 New Member

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    Last winter I was dumping a bag of pellets in the stove and my neices sat their can of orange soda on the stove and inturn knocked it into the stove. I had to clean the hopper out and take out and throw all of the pellets away. Luckily, the hopper was near full and the pellets soaked up the orange soda before it did any damage!
  4. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    my poor baby!!!!!

    gawd that poor stove looks like hell!!!!!

    by the way , if you are burning newspaper, i'd keep a real colse eye on your flue , its gonna be a mess shortly.
  5. BrotherBart

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    The word enord keeps coming to mind.
  6. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    we had a company contact us to try testing some of the fuel they were wanting to market, was a mix of wood and ground corn and nut shells and peanut hulls. burned ok , but made a mess with the ash , biggest problem though they were extruding with a 3/8 die , stuff flat out wouldnt feed smoothly due to the diameter, i advised them that they would not be able to market the fuel unless they went to a 1/4 inch die on the extruder, they said they tried it but the pellets wouldnt hold shape at that diameter, only other shot they had was to make them very short. didnt hear back from them and i havent seen any sign of them around the industry , i dunno if they gave up or what. ended up mixing most of their sample with regular pellets and running them , just during the day as it was grind/clunk/grind running them , too loud to sleep through, but they heated quite well.

    also , (due to my position of "head pathologist" so to speak), ive seen returned units with clogged augers with everything from chainsaw spoil to chopped up sticks , to olive pits, soybeans, even hazelnuts in them had one that had corn in the hopper , (still on the cob), thing that amazes me is folks will buy a pellet stove then immediately try to see what they can burn other than pellets in them. not a practice i condone or recommend
  7. wilbilt

    wilbilt New Member

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    Now, there's an idea...LOL
  8. pegdot

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    Well, I have about 20 lbs. of stale dry roasted peanuts, in the shell, that I'm willing to donate to this experiment. Probably too large to run through the auger, unless you shell them, but given the price of peanuts....not a practical fuel alternative. LOL Naw, I'll just feed them to the squirrls. :)

    BTW, I remembered where I'd dumped the last batch of ash from the stove so I went and searched there for the screw. No screw. The mystery deepens...... :-/
  9. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    Maybe the stove was missing the screw when you bought it?

    You should go back to the dealer and demand your loose screw

    :)
  10. pegdot

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    Good idea! However, I have more loose screws than any dealer could fix. ;-P

    The screw was there. I've adjusted that panel a couple of times but apparently the last time I adjusted it I didn't get it tight enough. Still haven't found it but the stove seems to be working fine so....I'm going to give up worrying about it.
  11. Czech

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    Dog food. Lentels. Beans of various variety. Shelled peanuts. Cat food. Wild rice. Black oiler sunflower seeds. All of which burned, none of which burned clean or were cost effective. I wonder what a fifty pound bag of wild rice would cost? Disclaimer: I am a trained pellet stove stunt person, do not try this at home.....
  12. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    i never said the old girl wasnt TOUGH!! i just hate to see her in that way all rusted up and such.you gotta remember , i probably built that stove (or at least had a hand in it) kinda like seeing one of your kids with a skinned knee and you dont have a bandaid handy.but then i kinda grin thinking , dayum but she's still kickin it out! and they say timex's are tough!!!
  13. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    Oh yeah?

    Well, did you feed any of these through from the hopper?

    didn't think so.
    :)

    (for the record, the only reason I tossed the walnuts into the hopper was because they were soft enough for my Auger to chew through, if a peice was too big (like the pellets I am burning)
  14. skippy4no2

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    I've already mixed in a few boxes of stale cereal into my Harman Advance. Cherrios and Rice Krispies. Kids keep leaving the boxes open.
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    We're living in strange times. :lol:
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    jtp10181 Minister of Fire

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    I wonder when they are going to add the fuel type "Stale Cereal" to the Mt Vernon AE wall control?
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