how to run a pellet stove

How to Run Pellet Stove For First Time

An appliance or machine becomes popular if it can solve a definite problem most efficiently. Sometimes we stop using something as they are difficult to operate that is the control systems are not user-friendly. Pellet stove is one of the best options that offer the most efficient way to warm your home. It uses pellets that are made from waste woods.  You can find running a pellet stove complex and difficult. But trust me starting it is not that hard. Obviously, it’s very hard handling it for the first time. Don’t worry anymore. We will try to give the best possible ways to run pellet stoves without having any trouble.

Steps You Need to Follow To Run a Pellet Stove

If you want to start or run your pellet stove, you need to follow some steps:

Step 1: Read The User Manual

The first thing you need to do before starting your pellet stove for the first time is to read the user manual or instruction manual provided by the manufacturer. Check if you have to perform any extra procedures required for your pellet stove.

Step 2: Filling with Hopper with Pellet

Pellet Stove Hopper
Image: Pellet Stove Hopper

After that, you need to pour some raw fuels into the hopper of the wood pellet stove. Our experts always advise using high-grade wood pellets rather than buying cheap and low-grade wood pellets, because, low-grade pellets don’t burn cleanly and equally produce a greater amount of ash compare to high-grade pellet packets.

Interestingly, you can also store the pellet in your home as pellets are always kept in a plastic bag. This bag keeps the pellet away from the air, water, and harmful pest.

It is a good practice to reserve wood pellets for a month for safety. You have to reckon who many pellets you need per day so that you can easily calculate approximately how many wood pellets you may need for a month. Some need more wood pellets and some need less. Basically, it depends on the size of the pellet stove, BTU rating, and how many hours you are using your pellet stove daily.

So next up you have to do is refill the hopper with wood pellets and then quickly close the lid of the hopper so that it doesn’t get in touch with the air and moisture of the air for a long time. So, how many pellets do you need to pour inside the hopper? Well, it completely depends on the hopper capacity. Different pellet stove models have different hopper capacity so we can’t fix a particular range on them. For example, the hopper capacity of Comfortbilt HP22 pellet stove is 55Ibs. So, it will be fairly good enough for this pellet stove to add one large bag of wood pellets which net weight is 35lbs.

Step 3. Plugin The Pellet Stove

Pellet Stove  Power Switch

Connect the plug of the pellet stove to the nearby power outlet. If there is no power outlet close to your pellet stove, you have to place a power outlet in the neighborhood. Furthermore, you have to keep the power cable of the pellet stove securely in the back of the pellet stove. When you have ensured the above procedure, you can now turn on your pellet stove. Use the remote control to power up the stove. If your particular model doesn’t come with remote control facility then you have to start the power manually which is normally located on the back.

Step 4: Light the Pellets

If your pellet stove has an automatic ignition system, means you are lucky, you don’t need to light pellet stove manually. It will start burning the pellet automatically. Only you have to press the start bottom.

In case, your pellet stove doesn’t have an auto-ignition system, you need to follow the below steps:

First, take some pellets with your hand for the hopper. And then put a handful amount of wood pellets into the bottom of the burn pot.

wood pellets inside burn pot

After that, apply some fire starter to that pellets and light them with a firebox. It is dangerous to use a liquid fire agitator. Instead of using liquid starters, always use solid or gel-type materials. You need to monitor the fire so that it can catch and grow properly. If you find the fire of pellets doesn’t grow properly, you have to use some more pellets until the flame growing perfectly.

Light the Pellets With Firebox

When the fire catches perfectly in the pellets, close the front door of the stove. You can now turn on the power and start the auger of the pellet stove. Auger helps to supply the pellets in the hopper mechanically in a burn pot with a motorized chain.

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Step 5: Adjusting Control System

Pellet Stove Control System

When the pellet stove started burning the wood pellets in the burn pot properly, next you need to adjust the heat according to the need and outside temperature. Read the user manual of your model to learn how to control the heat output. Normally, the heat output of a pellet stove mainly depends on the blower. So you have to adjust the speed of the blower to find your comfortable room temperature.

Tips and Precautions:

  • Don’t use low quality wood pellets. They don’t burn long and completely. Rather than that, low grade pellets product greater smoke.
  • Don’t open the hopper lid for a long time while refilling it with pellets. Otherwise, pellets in the hopper may absorb moisture from the air.
  • Use a power backup system for your pellet stove. You can use battery or mini generators for this purpose. Else, the pellet stove will not run during the power outage.
  • Clean the ash drawer and burn pot minimum once in a week using a good quality ash vacuum cleaner.
  • After every three months always check the pellet stove vent pipe and clean it. We recommend hiring a professional for this cleaning.
  • Always use quality solid fire starter. It safe, quick lighting, environmentally safe and smokeless. Liquid fire starter will produce black smoke when you light it.
  • Use a fire protection pad under your pellet stove.
  • It is good to use a smoke and carbon monoxide detector for safety.
  • Read the user manual provided by your pellet stove manufacturer carefully before using it.
  • Use a heat powered wood stove fan for even distribution of heat generated by your pellet stove.

Take your time and slowly follow the above steps. After using it several times, you don’t have to remember instructions. You will become an expert on this beautiful machine.