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RE: pellet stove - which one? how big? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: zzallen on 03.10.2008 at 04:48 pm in Fireplaces Forum

I suggest you consider the Harman pellet furnace. It has more heat output than most stoves, a bigger hopper, and it is designed to connect to ducts. Like any pellet stove, it requires regular maintenance, but the Harman is designed so this is is easier and less frequent. Another advantage of the Harman is it's ability to automatically adjust feed rate as demand for heat changes. I also suggest that you obtain and carefully study an owners manual before purchasing any stove you are considering.

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clipped on: 03.10.2008 at 09:10 pm    last updated on: 03.10.2008 at 09:12 pm

pellet stove - which one? how big?

posted by: jarvinen on 03.04.2008 at 08:35 am in Fireplaces Forum

Which pellet stove would you recommend? Which would you stay away from?

What size stove should I have? Our house is two stories with a loft and open ceiling (21'). The square footage is 1950 sq.ft. The stove would go in the basement which is an additional 750 sq.ft. Heat would radiate through vents into the upper floors (although we would like to tie it in to the existing ductwork but have yet to hear of a good method).

Thank you.

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RE: Problem with Majestic Gas Fireplace (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: zzallen on 03.10.2008 at 08:36 pm in Fireplaces Forum

I agree with jcal that it is very difficult to diagnose here. My first suggestion is try to find a gas fireplace technician with electronic ignition experience in your area. You will need some luck here. Many fireplace shops only service the brands they sell. Your gas supplier may be able to recommend someone. Many furnaces use controls like your fireplace .... but a furnace technician may not understand fireplace venting issues. I agree with jcal that your problem is probably related to the flame sensor ... but i think it is likely the sensor is working properly. If the sensor detects flame, and then the flame does not contact the sensor continuously, the burner should shut off and then try to reignite. After several attempts to ignite, if the sensor does not sense continuous flame, the control should "lock-out" or stop attempting to ignite. I suggest you try to observe the flame contact on the flame sensor. Good flame impingement here will cause the sensor to glow red. If the flame is too weak to contact the sensor steady...look for adjustment or obstruction. If the flame lifts off the sensor...look for a leak in the vent(or other venting issues). If the flame is blowing away from sensor...look for a missing shield or a log out of place. GOOD LUCK

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RE: Problem with Majestic Gas Fireplace (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jca1 on 03.09.2008 at 10:31 pm in Fireplaces Forum

OK it's going to be hard to say on this forum what the problem is. My guess would be the flame sensor. Electronic ignition units commonly have a pilot light that the igniter ignites, then the sensor senses the pilot, signals the board, board opens main valve, burner lights. Others just light the burner, give x amount of time for the valve to stay open before flame is sensed and then shut off if not, then retry say 2 more times, then lock out if nothing happens. If you actually do have a pilot that lights first, then the pilot may be source of the problem and a good cleaning of the pilot would fix it, if it's the pilot. If you really have no pilot at all, then it could be the sensor, the sensor wire, or the board. The manufacturer should be able to give your tech. testing parameters for each part, i.e. "x" ohms on cold sensor, etc. On some models a wire can be used in the flame as a sensor instead of the sensor, your tech. should be able to tell if possible with your unit.

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RE: Problem with Majestic Gas Fireplace (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: cactuscatie on 03.09.2008 at 08:39 pm in Fireplaces Forum

No pilot so it's electronic spark. We do have a hand held remote which is what we are using. However, it will not work in the manual mode either. I really can't say what's clicking on and off. Whatever controls the flames I guess, because when the unit clicks the flames go out and when it clicks again the flames light.

I hope this helps.

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Problem with Majestic Gas Fireplace

posted by: cactuscatie on 03.09.2008 at 04:22 pm in Fireplaces Forum

We have a Majestic rear vent gas fireplace which is 4 months old. From day 1 it hasn't worked properly. Here's the problem. When it is turned on it clicks on and off and on a couple of times before staying on. Than after being on for a little while it clicks on and off and on again. Than after awhile it clicks off and stays off. We then have to hit the off button and then the on button to get the fireplace to light.

We called mfg and they said to check the position of the logs. We repositioned them at least 3 times and the problem is still happening.

We called the dealer and he had no solution.

Our contractor that installed the fireplace has washed his hands of the problem and said he has no idea what's wrong. He actually blames us for moving the logs around.

Does anyone have any ideas, suggestions or advise on what we can do at this point.

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