Pellet Stove Clinkers

Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: 218Bee On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:38 pm

Hey Guys,

I'm asking for my partner at work, I know noddink about pellet stoves.

He purchased a different brand of pellets and has has a problem with clinkers in his Quadrafire (sp?) stove. He never had this trouble with the "old Standby" brand.

Anyone ever heard of this?
218Bee
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6

Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:02 pm

I wouldn't doubt it, different wood compositions in different brands, maybe have to change the air flow (if possble?). Maybe damp?
Not sure. has he cleaned it out? I know you ahve to clean them quite a bit to keep them burning correctly.

I know I get them once in a while in the coal stove if it's really cranking and very cold outside.
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
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Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: 218Bee On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:29 pm

I know he cleans it religiously (every couple of weeks).

I'll ask if he tried to adjust the fuel/air mix.
218Bee
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KA-6


Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:35 pm

Religiously would be each Sunday. ;) But...not totally a joke. I've heard that they should be cleaned once a week. But, I've also heard it depends on the model, some brands self clean better than others. I guess I'd A: clean more often & if no change, B: try different pellets. (C: convert to coal Sorry! You are on a coal forum!)
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
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Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: Blackdiamonddoug On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:09 pm

having trouble getting wood pellets so I add some pea coal to the hopper burns good.
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Stove/Furnace Make: axemen 260 rebuilt by Matt
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Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:01 pm

Pellets around here are going for $260-300/ton!!!
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
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Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:18 pm

WNY wrote:Pellets around here are going for $260-300/ton!!!


Holy Moly!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: bksaun On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:32 pm

Hrdwood pellets have more minerals and produce more ash and clinkers.

Surprisingly, softwood pellets have less minerals, produce less ash and klinkers and put out more btu's. ( They usually cost more too!)

Pellets vary greatly by brand and even lot numbers.

Bk
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Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: jpen1 On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:07 pm

When I used to burn pellets I tried 15 or so different brands or types . The only ones I had make anything close to a clinker was some waxed cardboard pellets, but with a harman underfeed type pellet stove clinkers really can't form easily . My guess is if they are hardwood pellets they must have gotten atleast damp but probably wet at some point. Wood pellets are hydroscopic so they absorb mopisture from the ambient air around them. So if they are stored in say a basement without a dehumidifier they will lose quite a bit of there BTU value.
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Re: Pellet Stove Clinkers

PostBy: Putt On: Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:31 pm

I am, and have been burning corn for the last five years or so...
In the spring and fall, when it is not quite so cool, I will burn wood pellets..
Pellets have been running anywhere from 4 to 6 bucks a bag..
Corn... I love it, the power company hates it :)


Putt...
Putt
 
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