I've posted a few messages in this forum wondering what the heck could be wrong with my Pellet stove that's only a couple weeks old, It's been making a whole bunch of ash since we purchased it. On recommendations from this site, Englander, and friends, we've tried five different types of expensive pellets, adjusted the trim settings multiply ways, added 6 more feet of vertical flue, cleaned and re-cleaned the heck out of the thing even though it was new and to no avail it burned the same every single time. Well with the temps getting around 20 tonight I decided to once again clean the heck out of the three week old stove and flue. Well, when I was cleaning the inside of the stove with a brush I noticed a 1/4 inch hole in the right side of the interior wall. I was kind of shocked and wondered if maybe it was just cosmetic, so I got a piece of copper wire and I could fish that thing around as far and long as I wanted to. Looks like a welder may have accidentally burned this hole, I've skunked up plenty of metal in my limited welding experience, but that's what it looks like to me. Could this be what is causing so much ash and non-efficient burn in my stove?