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Pellet stove
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mark    Posted 01-14-2004 at 10:28:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a enviro tech windsor pellet stove that is direct vented out an exterior wall(the company I bought this from installed it). For some reason the outside wall is turning black. I have tried adjusting the amount of combustion air and have had no success....the 3" dia pipe protrudes out about 7" then there is a 5" horizontal cap for a total of 12" away from wall. Is this correct?
I was told that pellet stoves are very clean burning but this is not the case with mine.
What am i doing wrong?

P. Cummins    Posted 09-21-2004 at 04:24:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybe you are using inferior pellets. Do your pellets meet the premium standard?
Also maybe the prevsailing wind in your area is blowing back down the stack.

dave 50 8n    Posted 01-14-2004 at 11:30:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm getting a pellet stove installed this friday, and I had quite a discussion w/the service manager re: this stove, since it's a used stove.

We talked about the pellet stoves and the black residue...It should have a black powdery residue if it's burning correctly. Sticky black could be an air/fuel imbalance...door not adjusted.

He said to clean your fan every year, or it'll wear out quicker.

Anyway, if you're wall is turning powdery black, it's probably normal. I agree w/the post re: extending your pipe up abaove the roofline. You'll get more draft, and you won't have to worry about the exhaust issues. If you ever lose power, the draft will carry up the exhaust, too. It'll probably cost your a couple hundred if someone does it.

Did you contact your repair/service rep on this?

mark    Posted 01-15-2004 at 04:59:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for the reply..
I do have a call in to the company who installed it....I will be talking to them today....I hope they will put a 3' vertical section and a different cap on for free (yeah right) and see if that helps. I don't really want to extend up past the roof line because I think that would look very ugly. This is a two story 1869 Italianette home and I want as little pipe as possible seen.

Ben in KY    Posted 01-14-2004 at 11:18:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clean burning is a relative turn. Even a natural gas stove gives off emissions that can damage stuff. Your stove pipe should extend up above your roofline, and would eliminate this problem. Not sure but in most places this is in the codes.

steve19438    Posted 01-14-2004 at 10:46:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
moist pellets?

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