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Old 04-09-2016, 11:13 AM   #1
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Tips in how to finding leaks on a pellet stove


I have an older new England pellet stove as back up in my basement for colder days. I somehow got a leak in it as I smell smoke when I open the basement door.
I tried unplugging it and blocking the inlet with a rag track the leak.
However, both times I have done this I found no leaks. I did not block the chimney for it though.
I was wondering if anyone had any other tricks on how to find the leak?

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Old 04-09-2016, 07:53 PM   #2
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Re: Tips in how to finding leaks on a pellet stove


Try turning the lights off and make the room as dark as possible and use a flashlight with fresh batteries to try and find the exhaust leak.

Check the pipe connection to the back of the stove and the elbows if you have any, really good, as they are the most likely spots where it could be leaking. Just a suggestion.

Check all seals, especially around the door.

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Old 04-09-2016, 08:01 PM   #3
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How old is the pellet stove? It's not likely, but sometimes they can also develop small cracks/holes in the heat exchanger which can spill out exhaust into the room from the air circulator.

Hope you find the leak soon 88 and get it corrected. If you can't find it, you can go to the manufactures website and find the closest tech in your area that services that model.

If you do find the source of the leak, use the proper pipe if needed and high temperature silicone rated for pellet stoves.

Btw, always make sure you have a good working co detector.

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Re: Tips in how to finding leaks on a pellet stove


Thanks jmon. It's an 2000 model. I have a co detector in the basement and room directly above it.
I will try with the lights out next tomorrow night.
I do have the chimney for the stove siliconed pretty well in all the bends along with tape on the connections but it's been on for fora few years. Very well could be dried out.
I tried replacing the exhaust fan gasket and glass gasket with no luck. I was hoping one of the two were the problem but i guess i was wrong.
Thanks for the idea.

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When is the last time you cleaned the chimney?
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I cleaned the bottom elbow the other day when I changed the gasket, the rest of the chimney hasn't been touched in a few years (maybe 5?).

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I cleaned the bottom elbow the other day when I changed the gasket, the rest of the chimney hasn't been touched in a few years (maybe 5?).

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Agree with jl. I would start there. Pellet stove chimney pipes should be cleaned after one ton of pellets have been burnt or at least at the end of the heating season. 5 years or so is too long.

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