how to run a pellet stove

How to Run Pellet Stove For First Time

A device or machine gains popularity if it is the most effective solution to a particular problem. Sometimes we stop using a product due to the control mechanisms are not user-friendly, or it’s hard to use. The pellet stove is among the most efficient home heating options. It employs pellets made from waste wood. Operating a pellet stove can be complicated and difficult. But trust me, getting started is not complicated. Obviously, it is exceedingly hard to deal with a pellet stove for the first time. Don’t make a fuss any longer. We will attempt to provide the most efficient pellet stove operation methods possible.

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

Before using your pellet stove for the first time, you must first read the user manual or instruction manual provided by the manufacturer. Check to see if your pellet stove needs any additional routine maintenance.

Step 2: Filling with Hopper with Pellet

Pellet Stove Hopper
Image: Pellet Stove Hopper

Then, you must pour some raw fuel (wood pellets) into the wood pellet stove’s hopper and fill it with a sufficient amount of wood pellets. If you do not have any wood pellets on hand, you should purchase them from a nearby store or online. However, regardless of the wood pellet brand you choose, our experts always recommend using high-grade pellets rather than purchasing low-grade pellets. This is because low-grade pellets do not burn cleanly and produce too much ash than high-grade pellet packets.

A larger advantage of premium wood pellets is that they can be stored inside the home, as pellets are always stored in plastic bags. This bag protects the pellet from air, moisture, and pests.

To ensure safety, it is recommended to store wood pellets for a month. You must determine how many pounds of pellets you require per day in order to easily estimate how many bags of wood pellets you may require for an entire month. Some require more wood pellets than others. It depends on the size of the pellet stove, the BTU rating of the pellet stove, the local climate, and the number of hours you use your pellet stove daily.

The next step is to refill the hopper with wood pellets and then quickly close the hopper’s lid so that the pellets do not come into prolonged contact with air and moisture. So, how many pellets must be poured into the hopper? It depends entirely on the capacity of the pellet stove’s hopper. Different pellet stove models have varying hopper capacities, so we cannot assign them a specific range. The hopper capacity of the Comfortbilt HP22 pellet stove, for instance, is 55Ibs. Therefore, adding one 35-pound bag of wood pellets to this pellet stove should suffice.

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 neighbourhood. Furthermore, securely keep the power cable of the pellet stove under or back of the stove so that toddlers or pets of your family aren’t able to get easy access or control them. 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 pellet stove by pressing the power button manually which is normally located on the back.

Step 4: Light the Pellets

If your pellet stove has an automatic ignition system, you are fortunate; you do not have to manually light the pellet stove. It will immediately begin burning the pellets, just you alone must press the start button.

If your pellet stove lacks an auto-ignition system, you must take the following steps:

First, take some pellets with your hand for the hopper. Then, scatter a handful of wood pellets in the bottom of the burn pot.

wood pellets inside burn pot

Then, sprinkle some fire starter on the pellets and light them with a firebox. Using a liquid fire agitator is risky. Use solid or gel-type materials instead of liquid starters. You must keep an eye on the fire so that it can catch and grow properly. If the fire of pellets does not grow properly, you must use more pellets until the flame grows perfectly.

Light the Pellets With Firebox

Close the front door of the stove when the fire catches perfectly in the pellets. You can now turn on the power and start the pellet stove’s auger. Auger mechanically supplies the pellets in the hopper in a burn pot via a motorized chain.

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Step 5: Adjusting the Control System

Pellet Stove Control System

When the pellet stove has properly burned the wood pellets in the burn pot, you must adjust the heat to meet your needs and the outside temperature. Learn how to control the heat output of your model by reading the user manual. Typically, the heat output of a pellet stove is primarily determined by the blower. To obtain a comfortable room temperature, you must adjust the speed of the blower.

This Video Will Demonstrate How To Light A Pellet Stove Without Igniter

Tips and Precautions:

  • Use only high-quality wood pellets. They do not burn completely or for a long time. Low grade pellets, on the other hand, produce more smoke.
  • When refilling the hopper with pellets, don’t leave it open for too long. Otherwise, moisture from the air may be absorbed by the pellets in the hopper.
  • Use a backup power system for your pellet stove. Battery or mini generators can be used for this purpose. Otherwise, the pellet stove will not operate during a power outage.
  • Use a good quality ash vacuum cleaner to clean the ash drawer and burn the pot at least once a week.
  • Always inspect and clean the pellet stove vent pipe every three months. For this cleaning, we recommend hiring a professional.
  • Use only high-quality solid-fire starters. It is safe, quick to light, environmentally friendly, and smokeless. When you light a liquid fire starter, it will emit black smoke.
  • Use a fire-resistant pad beneath your pellet stove.
  • A smoke and carbon monoxide detector is recommended for safety.
  • Before using your pellet stove, carefully read the user manual provided by the manufacturer.
  • For even heat distribution from your pellet stove, use a heat powered wood stove fan.

So you’ve just learned how to use a pellet stove for the first time. Now it’s your turn; take your time and carefully follow the steps and instructions outlined above by our experts. If you don’t understand any of the steps or instructions, you can watch the video above for clarification. Despite this, many people will find it difficult to remember the instructions after running it several times in this manner. You will become an expert on this wonderful wood burning stove, and lighting your wood pellet stove will become second nature to you.