I have a new Harmon P61A2 and I love it, but I think that I have five tons of very marginal pellets. They throw a lot of heat but the ash build up is tremendous. I have nothing to compare it to, but my manual says that I may have to empty the ash pan after burning 1-2 tons of pellets - my ash pan was full after a half ton. The biggest problem though is that the burn pot gets jammed with ashes after a 24 hour period forcing me to shut the stove down once a day to scape them out. Is this normal? I was hoping to be able to go at least 36 hours without having to do that as I do not go home every night. If I don't scrape out the burn pot, will the build up of ashes smother the fire or will it keep burning anyway right through the ashes? These pellets are from Canada and are called Boreal pellets. I bought them in June and had them delivered at a cost of $230 a ton stacked in my shed. Although with the pellet shortage around here, it would have been these pellets or nothing. I'm just really wondering how much ash is produced with a quality pellet. I would easily pay another $50 per ton to not have as much ash as I am having to deal with now. I should also say that I am sifting about 1/2 to 1lb of fines out of every bag, and is that normal?