How smokey is your wood pellet stove when it starts up with the auto ignitor? What model stove? See

How smokey is your wood pellet stove when it starts up with the auto ignitor? What model stove?

  • Almost no smoke out of the vent pipe until the fire starts

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Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,501
Salem NH
Hello

I was wondering how much smoke you have on startup when using the Auto Ignitor startup?

I have seen a Harmon PF100 and they through out alot of smoke on startup.

Do you have any smokey pictures you can post please?

Here is a good video of smoke at startup
 
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imacman

Guest
Some smoke. Englander 10-cpm

EDIT: Just looked at the video....WOW...that's a lot of smoke. I have to really look hard to see the smoke from the pipe on my stove.....maybe 1/8 the amount I see in the video.
 

livefreeordie

Member
Nov 21, 2010
205
Rochester, NH
Not enough to black out the neighborhood but a fair amount. It depends on the pellets and how fast they start, my stove chow start slow which makes more smoke; my greene teams start fast so less smoke.
 

livefreeordie

Member
Nov 21, 2010
205
Rochester, NH
Just watched your vid, my smoke is always blue, never black
 

fidiro

New Member
Feb 24, 2010
283
Central NJ
I get moderate.

Now a story of the heavy smoke situation. Everytime my stove runs out of pellets and shuts itself off I have to then have to fill hopper and reset stove for it to start again, but for it to ignite I first have to stop and start a second time so that it sends pellets up the auger and into the burn pot. Instead of restarting a second time I just fill the burn pot by hand and turn it on once. S0, the last time I did this I filled the hopper way too much and I knew it, and I'm surprised the fire dept didn't show up because of so much smoke.
 

St_Earl

Minister of Fire
Sep 9, 2011
1,337
millinocket, maine
very little.
the firepot remains visible through the glass and then poof, flame on.
heatilator ps50. the firepot has lots of big holes.
plenty of air for combustion.
 

343amc

Feeling the Heat
Nov 23, 2005
375
West Michigan
Light to moderate smoke from mine for the first few minutes, bluish smoke, never black.
 
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DexterDay

Guest
Quad and Fahrenheit both start pretty quick. About as soon as you see smoke in the firebox, the flame boosts into action.

Quad when dirty (after 1 ton without doing deep clean and 2 weeks no regular cleaning or pot scraping) will smoke like a HOG. Cant see the firepot its so thick. Only did this once last year towards the end of season. Not good. Smoke poured out the front of the house. (Direct vent).
 

jdempsey

Feeling the Heat
Aug 21, 2011
263
kentucky
johnnycomelately said:
what's really funny is in Don's video, with all that smoke, you can hear the fire trucks responding in the background! LMFAO!
Yeah. That was classic.
 

Xena

Minister of Fire
Nov 30, 2005
2,494
South Shore MA
I've noticed with my stove it depends on which pellets I'm burning.
Sometimes it smokes up like yours. Sometimes a fraction of that.
Once the pellets ignite there's zero smoke so I was never worried.
 

woodburning 2EZ

New Member
Nov 16, 2010
25
Canada
That is a lot of smoke... 2units I have Osburn and Enerzone on t/stat...startup is quick with very little smoke ..as soon as the pellets begin to smoke within split seconds i have combustion and no smoke. both burn pots have a good volume of air holes
 

twojrts

Feeling the Heat
Jan 17, 2010
291
Bear. DE
Ya'll got me curious!! I never checked to see how much smoke I get at start up. Bet I will now!
 

checkthisout

Feeling the Heat
Dec 23, 2010
364
NW
Depends on the type of pellet, how full the burn pot is and how far the damper is opened.

I had mine get so smokey one day that it completely smoked out the front yard and then lit explosively pushing smoke out of the airwash vents in the door.

Typically it just has light smoke for a minute or two and then starts.
 

aburress1223

Member
Jan 10, 2011
108
Virginia
moderate to heavy. Whitfield Profile 30
 

jtakeman

Minister of Fire
Dec 30, 2008
13,497
Northwestern CT.
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My 3 stoves were all different.

Quad smoked a little until it was dirty(burnpot holes plugged) and then it would smoke like a steam engine! Quad was insane when dirty, Used to fill with smoke and then explode on ignition when dirty. Scared the beans out of the Mrs.

BigE smoke a bit every time, Even when clean. But not bad.

Omega, Hardly smokes at all. Just a light haze until ingintion. Never see smoke clouds like I did with the other 2. Selfcleaning burner keeps the burnpot clean.

Like some say, Some pellets were worse than others. Inferno's even made the Qmega smoke and it seemed to take longer to get ignition. Mini explosion once they did ignite!

Keep the burnpot holes clean and it reduces the smoke and mini explosions! There's a video on youtube! I got to find it. If your stove is doing that! Clean the burnpot!!! hehe
 

76brian

Feeling the Heat
Nov 5, 2011
394
Ottawa, Canada
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Mine pretty much looks like the vid. I've watched it in the stove too, as soon as there is flame, the smoke in the stove just goes WOOSH and disappears.
 

exoilburner

Feeling the Heat
Dec 23, 2008
425
NW Washington State
Mine is very smokey. A couple of times my neighbors thought my house was on fire. The stove shop service tech worked on it quite a while to get it to ignite efficiently but it still smokes a lot. Never use the igniter anymore. I manually light it and run it 24-7. Manual lighting is just as fast or faster than auto lighting it. And very little smoke when igniting it manually.
 

dmaclaren

Member
Dec 8, 2010
216
Seacoast, NH
PF100 on a cold start.

My neighbor came over as he thought my house was on fire.
 

Don2222

Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
8,501
Salem NH
Hello

Here is the poll question chart so far with 35 participants!

Very interesting. Let's keep it going!

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hoverfly

Minister of Fire
Jun 26, 2008
550
Southern NH
I would say moderate with the my Mini, though a bit more with hard wood pellets than the soft wood.
 

Charlie500e

New Member
Nov 28, 2011
53
Rockland County, NY
Moderate blue smoke for like 10-15 seconds...clears right out after ignition. St. Croix Hastings
 

JoeS

Feeling the Heat
Jan 25, 2008
484
Maryland
Not nearly as bad since the new burn-pot was installed.
 

dmaclaren

Member
Dec 8, 2010
216
Seacoast, NH
exoilburner said:
Mine is very smokey. A couple of times my neighbors thought my house was on fire. The stove shop service tech worked on it quite a while to get it to ignite efficiently but it still smokes a lot. Never use the igniter anymore. I manually light it and run it 24-7. Manual lighting is just as fast or faster than auto lighting it.
I posted the same, neighbor thought house was on fire. This is when I can find any leaks in my windows around the house.
 
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