I've got a Quadrafire 1200 - came with the house, so is now about 9 years old. It's a workhorse - our primary source of heat for a 2200sf house. We run about one bag of pellets per day. We are in the process of getting central heat, but it's complicated - no ductwork in place. Meanwhile, we need to keep this stove working, but don't want to invest a lot in it - it's really on its last legs, and we only need to keep it working for a few more weeks. It won't stay lit. I noticed that one of the wires on the thermocouple is broken - where there are two wires twisted together under the ceramic cover. It seems like the other wire would still be conducting enough heat, though??? I'm sure the thermocouple is part of the problem, but I hope to avoid buying a new one - especially since I don't think this is the only problem. If I get the fire up high enough, long enough, the fan will come on and the auger will feed, so I know it's a contributing factor. But, now, even that's not enough. It seems like something else has gone wrong. Is there any way to repair the broken wire on the thermocouple - at least so I can tell if that will solve the problem? The other obvious problem is that the cleaning rods won't move - as if they are welded in place. I tried cleaning up under the plates in the firebox - but can only get there from the side panels - the screw that holds them in place is stuck and the head is stripped. The rods were working fine one minute, the next, they were stuck solid - a hammer won't move them. That happened about 6 weeks ago. Could this be the problem? If so, how do those rods work? What would make them stick like that? How do I get to them? Any ideas? No way to get a tech out here quickly enough - only one company within 50 miles, and we've had major bad issues with their past service - plus, it takes weeks to get on their schedule - by then, we may not need service. When they came and cleaned it last fall, they advised replacing it, rather than trying to replace all the little parts. It was working then, but it's pretty ragged.