Quadra Fire 1100i not feeding pellets when hopper is full

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RockyMtnGuy

New Member
Feb 25, 2021
3
Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Hey all, finally got an inherited Quadra Fire up and running and dialed in. It works great when I have only a small amount of pellets in the hopper.

If I fill it up even a little, it stops feeding pellets. Can the hopper being full really be the issue?? I’m using Lignetics brand pellets. I did buy a bag of Heat’rs to see if they make any difference, but haven’t run out the ones in it yet. Anyone see this issue
 

RockyMtnGuy

New Member
Feb 25, 2021
3
Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Auger motor may be weak, not enough power to turn with the weight of all the pellets in the hopper.

No, it’s definitely turning. I’ve had the side panel off and can see it working. It will sometimes be fine for a couple hours after loading up, sometimes it does it right away. It got stuck yesterday and it was barely 1/4 full. I looked at the pellets and there doesn’t appear to be any excessively long ones or anything.

The feed opening is adjusted more towards the narrow side, but if I open it anymore, it dumps too many pellets and the fire gets out of hand.
 
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SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Feb 7, 2010
5,273
S.E. Michigan
Like Sysko said, feed motor is kacking out. Replace it.
 
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Burning Hunk
Oct 31, 2017
194
Au Sable Forks, NY
Is there a set screw were the motor and spring assembly attach if it is loose it could turn when few pellets dragging on it and slip when a lot of pellets?

From manual: Page 16
16. FEED SYSTEM
The feed system pulls pellets up the feed tube from the hopper,
using a hollow auger spring, and drops them down the feed
chute into the firepot. The feed rate is adjustable; for complete
instructions read the fuel feed system in the cleaning and
maintenance section of this manual. NOTE: The feed motor
will not operate when the front door of the insert is open. If
you are having fuel problems, check the following:
A. Check the ramp in the firepot to see that it is free of fuel or
other materials.
B. Check the set screw on the end of the motor shaft to see that
it is tight and not slipping.

C. Check the electrical power to the motor.
D. Check the vacuum switch hose connections.
 

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Burning Hunk
Oct 31, 2017
194
Au Sable Forks, NY
Here is your tech manual if you don't already have it:
 

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Burning Hunk
Oct 31, 2017
194
Au Sable Forks, NY
Not the best picture it is a snapshot off a vhs tape but inside that black hole is a set screw.
 

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SidecarFlip

Minister of Fire
Feb 7, 2010
5,273
S.E. Michigan
I keep wondering why they use an open helix instead of a conventional solid center helix (auger) like everyone else uses. I'd think a solid center helix (auger) would feed better and be less prone to jamming plus it would require less power to elevate the fuel.

Think if I had one (Quad), I'd refit a solid center auger from another manufacturer myself.

Just don't like the design and it requires you to purchase a part that is unique to the unit too so, they can charge more (for less in my view).