Newbie with Harman p35i operation questions

Tortue Posted By Tortue, Apr 13, 2019 at 8:34 PM

  1. Tortue

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    Just installed a new p35i last weekend.
    4' liner 15' up a brick chimney.
    Local code required outside air.
    900 sq. ft. living space.
    Other than being a bit loud (blowers), it's great.
    I do have a few questions however.
    I have been unable to move the pellets anywhere near the edge of the burn pot.
    The fuel is efficiently burned within 2-3 inches of the auger plane, well short of the pot edge
    I've tried setting everything set to maximum, feed, temp, fans. I've tried stove temp and room temp.
    I'm burning 100% Douglas Fir.
    The flame is bright, hot and clean. No soot, smoke or creosote. Remarkably, very little ash at all.
    It's only been in the 40's the past few days and I'm tempted to assume it's not cold enough to put an effective demand on the stove.
    Once the house is toasty (about 45mins), a very low maintenance burn keeps it plenty warm.

    From what I've read, everyone is aiming for a burn edge about an inch way from the forward burn pot edge.
    Is there a problem if the burn never reaches the the magic 1" mark?
     
  2. Paulinator

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    Don't worry about the ash lip, especially with quality Douglas fir pellets. They burn very clean depending on the brand. Set your stove, enjoy the heat, clean it weekly, it'll work great. My .02
     
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  3. Tortue

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    Aha!!
    I thought that might be the case.
    Guess we're blessed in the pacific northwest.
     
  4. alternativeheat

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    Yes you are, at least in terms of getting those quality pellets at a good price ( maybe for some salmon and steelhead fishing too ). I could never get DF to leave enough ash to even form a decent ash line much less out to the edge of the burn pot. But in the mid winter with lesser pellets I do find it there now and then without forcing it to happen. Burning a P61a. The P35i works similarly. That should heat your area nicely, don't worry about the ash line and just enjoy the heat !

    Maintenance burns can get pretty low sometimes fwiw. And yes the heat is nice but sometimes it's just nice to not hear the danged blower going, especially with older ears that have a hard enough time discerning various sounds or peoples voices. Hardwood floors and sheet rock ceilings really bounce the noise around too. And the blower doesn't help preventing further ear damage either. I think of my old coal stove now and then, it was silent heat.
     
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  5. Tonyray

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    Burning my harman over 5 yrs now and never hit the 1" mark and never tried to. My stove is fine and yours will burn fine also.just make sure to clean it regularly and it will sing.
     
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