Pacific Energy Vista (general questions)

Rlaluna

New Member
Jan 31, 2019
3
New York
hi everyone,

I have a P.E. Vista 30 and I’m having issues with my temperature controlled blower which it came with.

Basically my stove can be full burn for hours and the blower would turn off. Meaning the thermostat control wasn’t recognizing the amount of heat. Does any one have experience with this issue that can offer some advice?

Thanks
 

mcdougy

Feeling the Heat
Apr 15, 2014
465
ontario
At one point I thought the fan was acting up on my stove earlier this season. After some thought and checking out that my switches were operating properly, it dawned on me that maybe I had too much ash in the firebox insulating the thermocouple. That was exactly the problem. Try emptying your ashes out and see if the fan starts operating normal?
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,152
South Puget Sound, WA
Also, make sure that the thermostatic snap switch is in firm contact with the stove body.
 
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Rlaluna

New Member
Jan 31, 2019
3
New York
At one point I thought the fan was acting up on my stove earlier this season. After some thought and checking out that my switches were operating properly, it dawned on me that maybe I had too much ash in the firebox insulating the thermocouple. That was exactly the problem. Try emptying your ashes out and see if the fan starts operating normal?
So it definitely works better when it’s freshly vacuumed out. However after half a day, and turning the coals to ensure there is no ash insulating the thermocouple, the fan is very intermittent. It’s also a pain to try and turn the coals when I have a full firebox, and the constant opening cuts my burn efficiency down.

I may disable the thermocouple, and have a manual fan switch.
 

Rlaluna

New Member
Jan 31, 2019
3
New York
So it definitely works better when it’s freshly vacuumed out. However after half a day, and turning the coals to ensure there is no ash insulating the thermocouple, the fan is very intermittent. It’s also a pain to try and turn the coals when I have a full firebox, and the constant opening cuts my burn efficiency down.

I may disable the thermocouple, and have a manual fan switch.
And just to ask one follow up - in your experience has your fire bricks deteriorated on a seasonal basis? How long are the supposed to last? I’m already on my 2nd set in 12 months and there are a few bricks that are starting to crack/breakdown.
 

mcdougy

Feeling the Heat
Apr 15, 2014
465
ontario
And just to ask one follow up - in your experience has your fire bricks deteriorated on a seasonal basis? How long are the supposed to last? I’m already on my 2nd set in 12 months and there are a few bricks that are starting to crack/breakdown.


I would go with what begreen said.....sounds like your thermocouple is to far away from the firebox .....some people do disconnect them all together. My firebrick are on there second season ...I do have a cracked one, I believe it was from pushing a piece of wood in with too much force. I had my stove checked out by the dealer before the season started and the chimney swept. They did not mention any concerns about the brick. The sweep produced enough ash to cover the bottom of a drinking glass. Now I know at least that I'm doing things correct and have good firewood. Piece of mind is everything when you have a fire inside your home on purpose.......
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
22,086
central pa
And just to ask one follow up - in your experience has your fire bricks deteriorated on a seasonal basis? How long are the supposed to last? I’m already on my 2nd set in 12 months and there are a few bricks that are starting to crack/breakdown.
I dont know much about your stove but in general firebrick usually last atleast 5 years. Most of the ones in my regency are 10 yrs old with the stove being moved 3x.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,152
South Puget Sound, WA
And just to ask one follow up - in your experience has your fire bricks deteriorated on a seasonal basis? How long are the supposed to last? I’m already on my 2nd set in 12 months and there are a few bricks that are starting to crack/breakdown.
Our firebricks in the T6 are now 10 years old with a lot of life left in them. One is cracked in the rear and I am the one that did that by jamming in a large piece of wood too hard a couple years ago.

Something is wrong if they are deteriorating this quickly. Are they getting scraped and banged into a lot?