Why Quadra Fire Pellet Stove Won’t Ignite [5 Easy Solutions]

If your Quadra Fire pellet stove won’t ignite, there can be a few reasons behind it. But the most common reasons are the faulty ignitor, bad airflow, bad pellets, faulty electrical components, and dirty stoves. 

Whatever the reason behind your Quadra-fire pellet stove won’t turn on issue, you can fix it by reading our today’s Quadra Fire pellet stoves troubleshooting guide. We will explore each reason and find out the possible solution.

So, let’s get right into it and fix your pellet stove troubles.

Why Quadra Fire Pellet Stove Won’t Ignite [Solved]

Below we have elaborated the simple solutions to all the common reasons why your Quadra Fire pellet stove not igniting. If you follow these solutions, you are sure to get your stove fixed. 

1. Bad Ignitor

The ignitor is the first thing you should look at when your Quadra-Fire pellet stove won’t ignite. Even if the whole stove is perfectly working, a bad ignitor will make it useless. In a word, there won’t be any ignition.

How will you know if your ignitor is bad? It’s simple. Just take an ohm reader and test the ignitor with it. If the reading is around 50 ohms, then the ignitor is okay. Otherwise, your ignitor has gone bad.


If the reading tells you that your ignitor has gone bad, you need to change it. Here’s how to replace a bad Quadra-fire pellet stove ignitor:

  • Turn off the pellet stove electricity supply
  • Remove the hopper lids to reach the ignitor
  • Detach all types of connections attached to the ignitor
  • Use a screwdriver to disassemble the ignitor
  • Remove the old ignitor and clean the spot
  • Place the new ignitor in its position and tighten up the bolts

And this is how you can fix your pellet stove ignition. However, there can be other issues as well.

2. Bad Airflow

The pellets burn in the pellet stove with the help of air. But if there is too much or too little airflow in the stove, there won’t be any ignition.

Insufficient air will not allow any ignition to take place. On the other hand, the abundance of air will blow the fire out instantly, resulting in no ignition.


The solution to this can be divided into two parts:

  • In case of absence of airflow: Check and clean the vents and airpipe. Make sure that the draft is perfectly open as well.
  • In case of an abundance of airflow: Close the draft a bit to decrease the airflow. Make sure there is no leak or any hole for excessive air to enter.

3. Damp Pellets

If your pellet’s moisture level is too high, it will not burn at all. As a result, you will not see any ignition of pellets in your pellet stove.


The only solution to this problem is to ensure your pellets are good. Here’s how you can ensure that:

  • Keep your pellet size between 1 to 1.5 inches
  • Leave your pellets in the sun for a day
  • Use hard-wood pellets

4. Faulty Electrical Component

The Pellet stove’s ignition starts with the help of electricity. This is why the absence of electricity means the absence of ignition as well. A blown fuse is the main culprit behind it. 

Solution: Replacing the blown fuse will take care of this issue. Here’s how to do it:

  • Turn off your pellets electricity supply
  • Use a screwdriver to remove the circuit board cover and reach the fuse
  • Locate the blown-fuse
  • Pull the fuse out of its place
  • Check the fuse and purchase an identical one
  • Install the new fuse by pushing it into its place

Now start your pellet stove. Call an electrician if the fuse blows again.

5. Dirty Stove

Dirt is the root of all sorts of pellet stove problems. If your ignitor is dirty, there will not be any ignition. If the vent is dirty, then the lack of airflow will prevent ignition. Overall, your pellet stove won’t ignite.


You should clean your pellet stove at least once a year to keep every part working. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Clean the ignitor with sandpaper
  • Clean the vents and draft path regularly
  • Make sure to clean the ashes after every session
  • Clean the glass door at least once every 3 to 4 months

And this was all. If you can take action as per these instructions, your pellet stove will work perfectly. Plus, it’s advisable to maintain your pellet stove regularly. It will help you to keep it in good condition and not face common troubles.

Quadra Fire Pellet Stove Red Light: Why The Stove Won’t Ignite?

According to the Quadra-Fire pellet stove manual, the red light means that the firepot temperature has exceeded 600 degrees. 

So basically, your Quadra-Fire pellet stove shows a red light when the stove is too much hot. The whole stove will shut down after 18 minutes of showing this red light. And when it shutdowns, you won’t be able to ignite the pellet stove.

Well, what can you do about it? The solution is simple. You just have to disconnect the pellet stove and remove the remaining pellets from the inside of the stove. Then you have to let the stove rest for an hour or so.

Don’t try to cool it down with water or anything else. Let it cool down on its own. You can turn the pellet stove on again after that. And now you should not have a red light on your Quadra fire pellet stove. But if you still do, call an expert. 


How long does a quadra fire pellet stove last?

A Quadra-Fire pellet stove will last for 10 years with proper maintenance.

Why is my Quadra-Fire pellet stove not feeding pellets?

The main reason behind the Quadra-Fire pellet stove not feeding pellets is the bad auger motor.

Can pellet stoves work without electricity?

No, a pellet stove needs electricity to run properly.

Do pellet stoves use a lot of electricity?

On average, a pellet stove uses 1kWh of electricity for every 8 hours of usage.

What else can I burn in my Quadra-fire pellet stove?

Apart from pellets, you can burn corn, cherry pits, grass pellets, and hulled wheat in your Quadra-fire pellet stove.

Final Words:

If your Quadra-Fire pellet stove won’t ignite, consulting this article will definitely help. Just follow each step accordingly, and you are good to go.

However, if you have any confusion, ask us for clarification in the comment section below. 

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6 thoughts on “Why Quadra Fire Pellet Stove Won’t Ignite [5 Easy Solutions]”

  1. I have a quadrafire 1100 with an ez clean burn pot. Stove is clean. Igniter glows red,airflow good but pellets won’t ignite. What is slot dimensions for ignition slot in pot. Possible reason? Manually light and works perfectly. Pellets are dry. Any help appreciated.Gary

    • Hi Gary

      As you said, your stove is clean, has good airflow, and ignites glowing red even then the pellet is not igniting. The possible reason for this could be the too long or too short pellets. You can try to solve the problem by reducing the feed rate or breaking long pellets into manageable lengths.


  2. My quadra fire 1000 has gone thru 3 new igniters and continues to light the pellets off and on not being consistent. The stove has been cleaned and everything else works fien on it when it decides to ignite.

    • Hi Greg

      As you have cleaned your pellet stove, now make your stove has proper airflow. In fact, due to a lack of airflow or oxygen, the sensors can’t get enough heat transmitted to the pellets.

      Hopefully, your pellet stove issue will be solved.

      If it doesn’t work, contact the Quadra fire customer support center.

      Best of luck!

  3. When asked to start, pellets feed but then it just starts to smoke. Bought it new and for the first 36 hours it worked great and now this issue. Attached to pipe from old pellet stove. That pipe has been cleane.

    • Hi AL

      Your pellet stove start to smoke after feeding pellets is a sigh that there is an issue with the fuel or airflow & consequently, producing a poorly combusting fire & creats smoke.

      Well, to fix the problem, first, ensure the airflow is not blocked & using of dry quality pellets.

      Hopefully, your stove issue will be solved.

      But if it doesn’t work, it would be wise to contact the manufacturer’s customer support center for help as your stove is a new one.

      Best of luck!


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