Thursday, November 18, 2010
Its great time of year, pellet stove service is in full swing here in Sacramento and Northern California.
Today I serviced a Lopi Insert that would not stay on for more than thirty minutes and a Austroflamm Insert had a similar problem. Before I give you the answer to what was wrong with these two stoves ( they had the same problem) I want to give you my thought for the day.
"The problem is usually very simple. Look for the simplest answer first".
OK, now the answer to the question above,
A local dealer told my customers that they would have to keep changing out parts until the could find the answer. That would be very expensive ( profitable for the dealer , expensive for my customer). I cleaned their stove and found that they had a plug that kept the combustion air from moving through the stove, no parts!
The Lopi needed a good deep cleaning also and now it runs with out shutting down and is putting out nice warm wood pellet heat!
On a final note I saw LIGNETICS wood pellet, which I have found to be one of the most superior brand of pellets at the Tractor Supply Store in Dixon today for $215 a pallet (50 bags). That is a great deal folks if you live any where near one of these stores.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Temperature in Sacramento today Nov11, 2010 will be a high of 66 and a low of 36, that means that there are thousands of homes with pellet stoves humming away keeping my customers and friends warm and happy. I have one very simple tip for you folks today check your mantels and make sure that there isn't anything that can fall in the fuel hopper. Over the last few years ( including today) I have pulled Christmas decorations, kids toys, screw drivers and women s underwear out of pellet stove augers. Today I pulled a brass Grass Hopper out, just remember if its with in a foot above or a few feet from the stove it can in up inside.
On another note, I hope you all have bought and stored, your pellets for the season, I have seen some great sales this year. I saw Golden Fire at one mass merchant as low as $200 a ton which is what we were selling pellets for in 1995!