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You will never believe what I found in a bag of pellets today

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by iceman, Dec 12, 2006.

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  1. iceman

    iceman Minister of Fire

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    can you believe its a pice of rubber i wonder how bad thid would have screwed up my pellet stove!!!

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    Jeeze iceman, sure glad you were looking while filling. I imagine that would have really messed up my stove. What brand of pellets was this in?
  3. iceman

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    well i looked in my stove(hopper) and there it was couldn't believe but the last bag i poured in was NE wood pellet the bag before that was future fuel
    butit was right at the top so i believe it was ne wood pellet
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    Rubber burns up pretty easily, I would be more concerned if it were Titanium
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    what if it got caught in the auger?
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    Knowing nothing about pellet stoves, are they that fragile? Perhaps you guys should make some kind of filter on the intake somehow...

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    Iceman, good thing you caught that.

    I wonder if anyone else has found foreign objects in their pellets?
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    lol lolololololol
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    eh...1-1/4" would likely go right thru the auger. I can tell you what stops them tho......matchbox cars, 1/2" shock absorber bolts, sheetrock screws, nail.
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    Nice ruler!
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    i was hoping you wouldn't pick up on that but she did it not me
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    harry i may be mistaken but is it you that recommends a 45 at termination of horizontal for pellet stove? to help draft
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    Would make hell of a clinker, though.

    The only thing I would worry about with rubber / plastic getting into the hopper is that it would melt, and if the stove wasn't running 24/7, then it could re-solidify & stick up the auger.
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    hanging on a thumbtack on the corkboard above my computer is a set of keys that cycled through my stove and were found in the firepot. they were definately not my keys and had apparantly been inside a bag of pellets , i saw them sitting in there when i was cleaning out the unit , which had run out of pellets and shut down earlier. the keys did not harm the unit in any way that i can tell and it has run just fine for the 2 years since i found them there were 5 total keys , 2 were silver colored (steel i guess, and 3 brass master lock keys) the master lock keys were all melted together but i could still tell what they were , and the little wire loop was intact as well all were still on the ring.
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    holy toledo do you have an englander or harman? those are the only 2 i know of that have bottom feeders because i don't think a top feeder could get those through
    i was worried because if that stuff melted in my stove it could have cost me a fortune unless "harryback" was going to help me out!!!! Like a Good Neighbor Squire is there!!!!!
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    its an englander, 25-pdvc cast iron floating auger, cast feeder, it was still luck that it didnt catch but it still would likely not done any real damage
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    here is another one, i had a pair of customers call in within days of each other , both with jammed augers (top) neither emptied the hopper before they called, caller 1 i asked if he had checked in his hopper to see if the upper auger was cycling thinking jam first, he said no , i asked him to empty the hopper, he did and found (get this) a golf ball with a red stripe around it (range ball) was jammed in the auger right at the entrance. we got him cleared , and tested the systme , thermal override saved the motor and being the top auger it runs intermittantly so it does not build torque up enough to strip a gear or anything , so he is ok and hangs up laughing about it. i get a call a couple days later , same problem , i check for jam and yep , another range ball, i get curious so i pull my notes to see where last guy lived, same town , turns out the home depot that they got their pellets from stored them outside under a roof , located right next to a driving range. apparantly sombody was getting a little quick with the hands at the top. i myself wonder to this day how neither one noticed a 1.68 inch hole in the bag where the ball had penetrated it.
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    It wouldn't be the end of the world by a long shot. Jam the auger and worst case burn up the motor worst case I would think. Been there done that and survived ok. A small nail would give you much more grief than that for sure. Try getting one of those out when its thoroughly wedged in the tunnel.
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    yep, i have wanted to shoot the d*** thing and toss it in a recycle bin, was actually a breckwell that a guy up the street owned. he came over and got me after he had given up on it , he told me what was jammed in it and i went to the fridge and grabbed the rest of the six pack , knew it would take a few beers more than the one i was holding:)
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    Not as much to help draft but to minimize deposits on your sidewalls
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    nah.....That piece of rubber would burn up as soon as it passed out of the auger, most likely you wouldnt know it was ever there.
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