Pellet stoves and unsuccessful ignitions

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One of the most recurring pellet stove problems concern unsuccessful ignitions:  you are outdoors, you have set a programme but the pellet stove doesn’t turn on.  

The causes and the reasons can be many and varied but by following these instructions you can make the most of our advise and avoid the continuous inconveniences caused by unsuccessful ignitions.  I will try to briefly list some of the possible causes:

- Pellets one of the most frequent reasons depends on how the fuel has been stored: damp, broken or crumbled pellets make it difficult to ignite a fire because the quantity of water or sawdust slows down the combustion process.  

As well as the condition of the pellets, their quality influences their performance and ignition.  In fact, in some cases the poor heat  yield of the pellet does not allow the fire to reach the minimum temperature set for the stove to go into the work phase.   Using a good quality pellet can definitely prevent this type of problem. I feel obliged to say that, to make sure your pellet stove works properly, it is advisable to use only Din-Plus or O-Norm certified fuel  that always guarantees the product’s quality. Based on our direct experience we can recommend two brands in particular: Econord and Firestixx because these pellets satisfy all the criteria requested.  

- Stove If we exclude the pellets as a cause, unsuccessful ignition may depend on the defective operation of one of the parts of the stove. In the first place it is advisable to check the condition of the electric resistor, i.e. whether the pellets inside the brazier are hot or just warm. It could be a real machine failure and, in this case, it will be necessary to contact the area engineer to replace the defective part, but it is advisable to check the position of the resistor.  It must be perfectly aligned with the hole it should be fitted in on the brazier and it must also be positioned at the right distance from the pellets (i.e. it must not be too far from the interior brazier).  

Moreover, it may even depend on the wrong selection of the combustion programme for the pellet used.  In this case it is advisable to consult an engineer to properly set the parameters.

Its also fundamental to check that the flue is not obstructed and that the combustion air arrives correctly and in the right amount to the pellets contained in the brazier.  Make sure that the stove is kept clean at all times by means of proper routine maintenance, in particular by keeping the brazier holes free from deposits.

I hope I have been of help…. See you soon!!!

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