Ash question

Dabug Posted By Dabug, Jul 12, 2019 at 5:38 PM

  1. Dabug

    Dabug
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    Oct 21, 2018
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    Been plenty of yrs ago running a harman multi burner never gave ash a second thought. Past winter heating source was oakdale wood insert that needed weekly cleaning. Wife not happy with firewood which made hubby life miserable. Harman accentra 52i tc has replace wood stove so here comes my question. Is ash from cheaper pellets really a issue or is it just because people dont want empty ash pan often? Harman states it'll burn any pellets with no problem. Seeing prices range from $215 to $285, for saving of $70 per ton I could deal with more ash. Correct me is I'm wrong.
     
  2. jerrieric

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    I couldn't tell you because I always burn cheap pellets. But even with the cheapest pellets I only have to empty the ash pan every 4 or 5 days in my Revalli. Not worth it to me to spend $70 or more per ton just to empty the Ash pan less often. And I get plenty of heat out of the cheapies.
     
  3. Havilcek stole the ball

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    I've got a Harman P68. When I buy pellets I account for heat output and price but not really ash. Some pellets do involve more emptying and cleaning than others but it does not seem to affect the operation of the stove unless I am behind on the cleaning. It is nice to get a low ash pellet like the Douglas fir but I find they cost way too much.
     
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  4. Dataman

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    I never noticed difference between 3 different pellet types. Well except for getting some bags with wet inside from Distributor. My Harmon XXV burned those too after couple days to dry out (open bag). Ash about the same. Empty weekly or so. I dump it in the forest under some lucky pine tree.
     
  5. Overfireinthehole

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    If anything can burn it, a Harman can, but your not just talking about ash in the pan. You burn enough of a dirty burning pellet, you might have to pull it out and clean the flu more than once a year. Price isn’t necessarily the best indicator of pellet quality though. Try a bag of this and that and whatever leaves the smallest amount of ash and lasts the longest or puts out the most heat is your winner.
     
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  6. fmsm

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    I buy the Douglas Firs and have so little ash that I empty my pan on my Accentra once a year. I do not enjoy cleaning the stove as often as needed with cheap pellets, my weekly clean is now every 2-3 weeks and my monthly is 6-8 weeks.
     
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