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At Armour Chimney Service we specialize in pellet stove cleaning and repairs and have earned the NFI Pellet Specialist Certification. Need a new pellet stove installed? We can help you out. Need your pellet stove cleaned? We can help you out with that too. Routine pellet stove sweeping and maintenance outlined in the stove manufacturer’s owners manual and provide you with years of trouble free service.
Pellet stoves are generally powered systems than burn pelletized fuel, usually wood shavings that are forced through an extruder which makes wood pellets that look much like rabbit food. These pellets are stored in a hopper on the stove from which they are fed, usually via an auger system, into a burn pot located in the combustion chamber. The pellets are lit with an igniter or lit manually and as they burn they are force fed combustion air with a combustion fan and mechanically exhausted using an exhaust fan. Most pellet stoves have a convection fan which pushes room air through ducts or channels to heat exchange tubes which heat the air before it’s blown out in to the room.
Pellet stoves are very efficient and very convenient. Add pellets, flip a switch to on and set the heat and you’re good to go. 40 pound sacks of pellets are clean, easy to handle and easy to store. The only chores are keeping the hopper filled and doing some simple daily, weekly and seasonal maintenance like emptying the ash pan and cleaning the stove and chimney.
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