Englander 55-SHP22 ash pile up

BackDoc

New Member
Jan 5, 2018
54
Maryland
I have an older Englander that I bought last season for next to nothing. I bought it untested. The guy said the top auger became noisy and there was no way to lube it. Got it for $250. Did some research on this forum and had some help from Ssycho on getting it going. Took my time and pulled it apart and cleaned everything. The top auger was new but whoever installed it had put it in wrong and the grease fitting was at 12 o'clock and you couldn't lube it. I loosened the collar and turned it to the left and lubed her up and it runs great. I plugged the two large holes in the burn pot and have been running it at 2/9 with great results. The bottom numbers are factory set. I now wake up in the morning to what you see in the photo. Lots of ash build up. The flame isn't lazy it is just that I took the photo with the door open so you can see the pile up. Any suggestions?
IMG_3137.jpg
 

ericofmaine

Member
Feb 8, 2012
133
Southern Maine
My 25-PDV will do the same thing if I leave it unattended. I just scoop it out once or twice a day with a metal 2" putty knife and throw the clinkers off to the side.

Eric
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ssyko

Ssyko

Minister of Fire
Nov 6, 2017
2,233
Lorraine NY
Yep what Eric said. From what ive run across so far this year pellets are all a little dirtyer than in the past. So keep an i on it and scrape as needed and may have to adjust your cleaning schedule also.
 

jerrieric

Feeling the Heat
Jul 7, 2008
288
Windham Me
I had a 55 SHP for five or more years it worked great. Then the pellets started building in the firr pot and I could never get it fixed. I replaced both blowers did everything I could. I worked with Englander but they couldn't figure it out either. They kept saying it wasn't the board well if it wasn't the board it was either the auger was going bad and it was not syncing up with the board or the board was bad. I got tired of playing with it. I never replaced the board and just gave it away. Never heard from the person I gave it to. If the stoves are worth their grain and saw no matter what pellets you put in it they should burn fine they may just be a little more ass. My current stove I put eight tons through and the pot is always clear after 5 days when I clean it. So is the glass so I'm pretty content right now. This is my fourth and last pellet stove I hope.
 

BackDoc

New Member
Jan 5, 2018
54
Maryland
Thanks, that is what I have been doing. I have a piece of metal with a 90 on the end and I just scoop forward and keep on burning. I burn Lignetics Gold. For what I have invested in it I am more than happy. Thanks for the advice.
 

MountainDweller

New Member
Oct 21, 2018
17
Upstate NY
Good evening,

I usually attribute ash production to the pellets themselves in terms of quantity, but that chunky looking ash pile looks like it isn’t getting hot enough either due to over feeding or low air.

Is the glass getting prematurely dirty with soot? This might not be as pronounced with the good pellets but a bag of cheapies might give you a better indication.

I’d be inclined to check for obstructions in the intake/exhaust path as a first step.


Best,

Nathan
 

BackDoc

New Member
Jan 5, 2018
54
Maryland
Nathan,
Thank. The intake/exhaust is clean and free. The glass gets dirty after about 3 days. I am burning Lignetics Gold as I have found any pellets that are abnormally long (most every other pellet I tried) will block the feed chute. I don't think it is over feeding because I am running on setting 2 for pellet feed. Then only thing I noticed is that the Lig Gold pellets seem to have a little more loose saw dust in them.
 

doghouse

Feeling the Heat
Dec 9, 2008
454
maine
  • Like
Reactions: BackDoc

lsucet

Minister of Fire
May 14, 2015
1,515
San Ysidro, New Mexico
Did you check the numbers on the board. 6-5-1 or whatever is according to the model? They have other settings too that are in letters, A B C D or it can be numbers also 1-2-3-4. check those and be sure you have the right settings for your model year.
 

lsucet

Minister of Fire
May 14, 2015
1,515
San Ysidro, New Mexico
Yes, Ssyko walked me through those numbers on another forum.
Did you adjust the plate inside the hopper? The one on top of auger.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BackDoc

BackDoc

New Member
Jan 5, 2018
54
Maryland
Yes, I got a little motivated yesterday and cleaned it really well and plugged another air hole and blocked the air holes on the front end of the ash plate. It is really cranking well on 2/8 and the ash pile is reduced significantly. I have read about everyone using plugs for the air holes, I just use aluminum foil and it works great.
 

doghouse

Feeling the Heat
Dec 9, 2008
454
maine
Hillman chrome plated steel hole plugs. Lowes or HD.
 

doghouse

Feeling the Heat
Dec 9, 2008
454
maine
How long do they last?