Quadrafire Mount Vernon AE ignitor issues

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Winteriscoming1143

New Member
Aug 22, 2017
3
Massachusetts
Last winter the pellet stove burned out 3 ignitors on me and after the third one I just lit it manually for the last bit of winter. Any idea why it keeps burning them out and what the recommended fix is? This one was made in Sept 2006. The ignitor seems to stay on longer than necessary. I also have it set to burn corn because that's the only way I can get it to feed the pellets at the right speed. I use what I believe should be higher quality hardwood pellets and when I don't have it set to corn it feeds the pellets far faster than they can burn until eventually the firepot is overflowing and they get backed up in the chute until the auger jams. Lastly if it isn't too much trouble, part numbers forbwhayever if need to replace along with the proper ignitor part number would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
 

heat seeker

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2011
3,211
Northern CT
It sounds like whatever controls the power to your ignitor is stuck on, be it a relay or triac. If the ignitor is on all the time, it will burn out quickly. You need to find out which it is, and if it's bad/stuck/shorted.

As for your pellet feed - a couple of possibilities. You might have the wrong speed auger motor installed. You might not have enough airflow through the stove, which would cause a lower burn rate. Do you have any black residue on the glass or in the stove?
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
3,523
Eastern Ontario
Make and model of stove would be very help full
Welcome to the forum
Oops missed it its in the header ;em
 

Winteriscoming1143

New Member
Aug 22, 2017
3
Massachusetts
It sounds like whatever controls the power to your ignitor is stuck on, be it a relay or triac. If the ignitor is on all the time, it will burn out quickly. You need to find out which it is, and if it's bad/stuck/shorted.

As for your pellet feed - a couple of possibilities. You might have the wrong speed auger motor installed. You might not have enough airflow through the stove, which would cause a lower burn rate. Do you have any black residue on the glass or in the stove?


The ignitor doesn't stay stuck on all the time, I think it's staying on longer because i have it set on corn which is harder to start.

There's no way to adjust the feed rate manually on my stove from what I was reading last winter when I encountered this problem. I read about other peiple having similar issues and they said the only way to adjust the feed rate was to tell the stove it's burning a different type of fuel. With it thinking it's burning corn it feeds at the perfect rate and burns the pellets fully and there's only the typical buildup of creosote or whatever that black stuff is in the stove. Or at least I believe it's a normal amount. I typically only need to clean it once a week.
 

Winteriscoming1143

New Member
Aug 22, 2017
3
Massachusetts
Make and model of stove would be very help full
Welcome to the forum
Oops missed it its in the header ;em

Don't you hate it when that happens haha. But thank you. Here I'll even attach a picture just because.
 

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