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Pellet stove the lopi foxfire PI pellet stove i had worked great most of the winter. Havent used it for a few weeks but the furnace in my 107 year old house just went out and we are FREEZING !! Hoping someone can help us get this going so we can have a bit of heat until the furnace is fixed. I press the on button then the start button same as always but then the thing just makes this buzzzzzz. I checked the fuse on the back (black knob that pulls out) it seems fine. the light on the "on" "power" switch is on and their is a slight tick from the auger - but it doesnt turn - I've had an auger jam before - but i didnt just do this buzzing. any clues ?? oh and if you do have help for me, please ... speak in "blonde" thank you !

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  • Rebecca Lents Feb 27, 2008

    its a lopi foxfire pi ( or PL ) but i think its PI400. I've always ignited it by putting some pellet in the tray - turning it on and holding a lighter on them until they burn steadily - then shut the door. I'll try cleaning out the auger. I've had to do that before - but I thought when the auger was jammed last time it still made a noise like it was running. Thank you so far. Let me know if you can help more. In the mean time I'll dig around and get all dirty again. lol. thank you !

  • Rebecca Lents Mar 03, 2008

    you can directy e-mail me at I havent gotten into working on it yet but the pellets do seem a bit damp. thank you for all your help - and good luck htmchris !!

  • Rebecca Lents Oct 20, 2013

    runs great when i hotwire the auger ... can i leave it this way or what ... ? please feel free to call 57.-539-9445 i realllly need to fix this fast



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Remove all pellets from the hopper start your stove , place a shop vac to the pellet drop down tube , tap on the auger housing located inside the hopper,tap and vac until the auger spins free this will take awhile , but works . Good luck. Ben

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We are having the same problem, our auger motor won't turn but our fan is running.

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The buzzing is possibly your exhaust/combustion blower. This blower is the fan sound you hear as the stove starts up. If you ARE hearing a NORMAL fan sound, then the buzzing could be the auger motor. Do you have a Foxfire with an igniter? This tells me the series of model you have and what control system it uses.

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  • Robb Koschalk Feb 27, 2008

    Auger jams are more prevelant this year due to the poor quality of raw materials used to make them: alot more sawdust. This gets ground up and creates a fine powder that can build up near the top of the auger flight. Does your combustion blower turn on when you hit start? If it does not, then the pressure switch will not close, which keeps the auger motor from feeding.

  • Robb Koschalk Mar 03, 2008

    There are a few things you can check: (1) pull the auger motor to see if you have something jamming it (foreign object or pellets/sawdust) (2) you can run a jumper wire between the two wires that go to your vacuum switch - the silver disc with two wires and the rubber hose going to your exhaust blower (3) you can pull your auger motor off the collar and see that it is working.

  • Rebecca Lents Oct 20, 2013

    Hey Robb - REALLY appreciate your help. we hot wired or jumped the auger etc and the auger runs great. can we leave it like this or does this tell you what the problem might be ?

  • Rebecca Lents Oct 20, 2013

    PLEASE call me if you can need this fixed asap. 573-539-9445


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Our Fox Fire Stove had the same symptoms. The buzzing sound was coming from the box that has the fuze in it (not the aunger or a fan). I was finally able to get it started after removing the clean out cover and cleaning out the tee elbow -- which didn't quite do the job. So I stuffed rags around a vacuum hose nozzle in the clean out and left the vacuum running while turning the stove on... and that did the trick (sort of kick starting the stove by providing the negative air pressure needed to keep the controls from buzzing and shutting the fan down before it had a chance to get moving and blow more of the ash that was gumming things up out of the system).

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