GREAT way to get all pellets out of hopper!

tonyiiiafl

Member
Nov 23, 2016
37
Cape Cod, MA
I own a Harman Accentra insert. I always had pellets that would drain fine from the middle of the hopper, but the sides would get jammed up a bit and not flow down due to paraffin buildup. I solved my issue. Once hopper was emptied, I took some 240 sand paper and cleaned the hopper throughly. Then some 409 or Puple Power spray cleaner to wipe it down. Next, I applied 2 layers of premium car wax or Carnuba wax. Buffing it down with a micro fiber cloth. Now the hopper flows to about 95% empty! The pellets have no drag as they trickle down and don’t get stuck. About every month when I shut down for a full cleaning, I wipe with the cleaner and apply another coat of wax. This gets me another 2 or so hours of burn time on the single load of pellets.

Hope this helps someone!

Cheers!

Tony
 
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Paulinator

New Member
Nov 27, 2017
34
SW WA
I own a Harman Accentra insert. I always had pellets that would drain fine from the middle of the hopper, but the sides would get jammed up a bit and not flow down due to paraffin buildup. I solved my issue. Once hopper was emptied, I took some 240 sand paper and cleaned the hopper throughly. Then some 409 or Puple Power spray cleaner to wipe it down. Next, I applied 2 layers of premium car wax or Carnuba wax. Buffing it down with a micro fiber cloth. Now the hopper flows to about 95% empty! The pellets have no drag as they trickle down and don’t get stuck. About every month when I shut down for a full cleaning, I wipe with the cleaner and apply another coat of wax. This gets me another 2 or so hours of burn time on the single load of pellets.

Hope this helps someone!

Cheers!

Tony
Thank you for sharing, I have that same problem. I'll have to give it a try. :)
 

kenora

Member
Nov 20, 2007
155
Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Had the same trouble with my pelpro 130 ... I didn't bother with the sanding...just waxed her down with carnuba wax.. now 99% of the 120 lbs gets to the auger... great tip..

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Former Farmer

Feeling the Heat
Apr 12, 2008
475
NE Wisconsin
Furniture polish also works unless you have a lot of fines in your pellets.
 

tlc1976

Feeling the Heat
Oct 7, 2012
350
Northwest Lower Michigan
I've never had this problem with buildup on the hopper walls or sticking pellets. It will empty 100% on its own, even a couple months ago when I forgot to put in a bag before going to work. Does a certain pellet do this more than others, softwood maybe?
 

tiger

Feeling the Heat
Feb 3, 2014
313
Seabrook, MD (DC suburbs)
Not sure I understand the sandpaper part -- but I like the rest of it, and might try it. I think I have some Blue Coral in the garage almost as old as I am...
 

jp99

Burning Hunk
Jan 7, 2015
140
Ohio
That's a good solution. I wonder if another method might be to wipe the hopper down with powdered graphite every so often?
 

mikkeeh

Feeling the Heat
Dec 7, 2011
415
NE Ohio
I had a similar problem with my p43. The inside of the hopper was coated with......something. Almost seemed like a non slip spray on finish. It would leave 4-5 pounds of pellets in the hopper. I sanded it down , and put on several coats of paste wax. Worked well. Harman seemed to have no idea what the coating was or how it got there...but sanding and waking was their suggested fix.