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How do I maintain a clean fuel pot?(Breckwell)

For the stove to operate at optimum efficiency the burning pellets need proper amounts of oxygen and turbulence. So, along with setting the damper (air inlet control) so you have a bright active flame, you need to make sure the burnpot does not accumulate a clinker (a solid layer of hardened ash) on the burnpot floor and you need to make sure all the holes in the burnpot remain open.
On a daily basis I open the door of our Breckwell P24FS (the same model you have) and using a spoon, I move the burning pellets to one side of the burnpot, and scrape out the clinker underneath. Then I move the pellets to the clean side and remove the clinker on the other side. You’ll need to remove the ceramic log first but even accounting for the log the whole process should take about 30 seconds. You can use some “0000″ steelwool (superfine) to wipe the glass clean also. Remember to make sure the green light is on on the control board after you close the door. No green light- no dropping pellets-no fire. If needed push the black auger button to turn the light back on. Shut the stove off once a week, remove the burnpot, poke clear the holes and shake out any ash underneath the burnpot holes. Use Goldenfire or Bear Mountain Pellets and keep the fire bright and active- more like a forge or blowtouch than a woodstove flame. Call me if the glass soots up black, light brown is normal, black indicates a lazy flame.
Thanks for the Question

Since putting new gaskets on the glass this fall the glass continually smokes up. Prior to this the glass stayed relativly clear for weeks at a time.

Do the dollar bill test. Put a bill between the door and stove frame, close the door. If the bill can easily be slipped out then the seal is incomplete and you may need larger door gasket. But you question was about the gasket surrounding the glass and NOT the door. The stove is designed with an “air wash’ that creates a curtain of air between the glass and the fire. Air should be allowed to enter the stove at the top of the glass. If you have gasketed around the complete perimeter of the glass you have eliminated the “air wash” and you will need to remove all gasketing at the top of the glass so air can enter.

Make sure the ash drawer is shut and closed properly.
Make sure the area behind the left and right firebrick are clean AND the plates behind the bricks have also been removed and cleaned. Sometimes techs. remove the bricks but go no deeper.

Thanks for visiting my little site, I hope the info helps you out,

How can I touch-up the paint without having it blister?

You can get really good results by either removing all the paint on the particular area, ie; the face or the stove top, or you can practice the “two P method”. Preparation and Patience. I start by cleaning the area with whatever liquid glass cleaner I have with me. My wife will buy whatever is on sale because she knows that I use it to remove the residue of the stove glass cleaner . Then I use a scotch-brite pad to open the pores of the surface and feather the bare area into the existing painted area. It’s along that edge where the blistering typically occurs. I keep a roll of 2″ blue painters tape on hand and use it to mask any adjacent brass or gold trim or use scraps of sheet metal as shields. I cover carpet and brick too. Any overspray dries prior to floating to the floor and wipes up easily off tile and sealed wood. The key to actually applying the paint is laying down a very slight tack coat followed a few minutes later with another very fine tack coat. If there’s any blistering you’ll need to re-prep and lay down an even finer series of tack coats. I’ll build-up 7 to 10 tack coats prior to feeling comfortable to spray with abandon.

I’ll run hot water over a cold can of spray paint during the winter months to make the chemicals mix better and expand the propellant. I’ll shake the can every 10 seconds or so and feel the can afterwards to make sure its warm. I don’t invert the can and spray until only propellant comes out anymore, I simply lick a finger and wipe the tip clean between each use.

I get no green light on my Breckwell.

If you turn your stove on, press the button and get no green light your stove will not drop pellets automatically. I think of it as a contract or deal between you and the stove. When you turn on the stove, press the button and the green light comes on you then have a “deal”, and the deal is this: you get me hot enough and I’ll start dropping pellets. No green light no deal.

The problem is associated with the vacuum pressure switch that is positioned between the control board and the auger motor. If there is not enough negative pressure to close the vacuum pressure switch, electricity flowing to the auger motor and to the green light on the control board will be interrupted. Link here to access more vacuum pressure switch information and suggestions.

My pelletstoves not putting out as much heat as it did when it was installed last season.

This problem is symptomatic of a stove in need of a deep cleaning. The convection tubes through which the room air travels and warms likely have become insulated with fly-ash or creosote. Also, the fan that pushes the air through the convection system may have lost efficiency due to dust, carpet fibers, or pet hair build-up. These factors added to the probability that you are not getting the maximum amount of heat available from your fuel due to a poor air to fuel ratio point to the need for a deep cleaning.

Besides the daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance outlined in your manual, have your pelletstove cleaned professionally once a burn season or after running 2 to 3 tons through it. I think the best time to have this done is late spring or early summer after you are done using it for the season. This way you pelletstove is all ready for you in the fall when the first cold spell surprises you and you want to fire up the stove. Having your pelletstove cleaned annually and professionally ensures the stove’s longevity¬† and burn efficiency.

After the stove is cleaned for the season, if your service tech has failed to leave the stove unplugged, unplug it yourself -even if you have a surge protector.