When you first plug in the stove or turn up the thermostat, the exhaust blower will come on immediately and stay on for at least 15 minutes. This is a safety feature to make sure the exhaust smoke can successfully exit the house before the stove begins to feed pellets. With a brand-new pellet stove or after annual maintenance, the feed tube is empty, so it will take time for the stove to re-prime the feed tube before pellets will begin dropping into the firepot.  For most stoves, pressing the reset button once every two minutes (over the course of 15-20 minutes) will be enough to re-fill the feed tube.  The Mt. Vernon AE may take a little longer.  Dropping a handful of pellets directly into the firepot before starting it up can speed up this process.

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