Thinking of purchasing a pellet stove or insert? Learn more about the proper placement and maintenance of pellet stoves.
Pellet Appliance FAQs
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What are my choices for floor protection?
The dealer or installer should check the intended appliance outlet for proper voltage, ground, and polarity. The electrical circuit to be used should have a properly rated circuit breaker. •Are there special requirements for mobile home installations? The model you choose must be approved for use in a mobile home. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes additional requirements for solid fuel burning appliances installed in mobile homes which are listed in stove manufacturers’ installation instructions.
What materials and products can be used to vent pellet stoves?
Venting materials and products that MUST NOT BE USED TO VENT PELLET APPLIANCES include:
Pellet fireplace inserts and freestanding stoves are often vented into existing masonry and factory-built fireplace and woodstove chimneys (Figure 8). The chimney should be inspected before installation to ensure that it is clean, mechanically sound and meets local safety code requirements. The appliance manufacturer’s installation instructions may require relining the chimney with an approved metal liner, pipe or PL vent. Vents or grilles on the face of factory-built fireplaces which provide cooling air to the outside jacket of the fireplace must not be blocked. Cleanout access for future maintenance should be considered.
How should pellet venting components be assembled and joined together?
How do I start a fire?
What if the stove doesn’t start properly?
What do I do after the stove starts?
What are signs of performance problems?
How do I shut the stove down?
Although fuel feed stops in a power outage, the pellets in the burn pot may continue to burn or smolder. The duration of this condition can vary with appliance design from a few minutes to an hour or more. The resulting smoke and hot gases rise, seeking the path of least resistance. If the exhaust vent does not have vertical sections to provide natural draft, smoke may spill into the home (Figure 14).
What are some of the more advanced maintenance tasks?
What professional maintenance and repair services will I need?
Many manufacturers now offer low-cost, high-value extended warranties on electrical components. You can also benefit from professional advice that helps you improve stove performance and convenience with operating tips or fuel information.
How do I select a service technician?
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