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Review of American Energy|Magnum --- Magnum Countryside -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood Pellets

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Review of American Energy|Magnum --- Magnum Countryside -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood Pellets
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2005-11-01 14:25:08

Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰✰

Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 336 | House Size (Sq feet): 1800
Bought in 2004 , Price Paid: $2600
Location : Pittsville, WI 54466, U.S.A.
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - Pittsville Lumber

Likes: It does a nice job of keeping the house warm. The fire is pleasant to watch and the entire family likes to be near the stove on cold evenings. Only needs to be filled 1.5 times a day. I don't need to keep a huge woodpile in my yard in town. The smell of the exhaust(from buring corn)outside is rather pleasant. Corn is readily available here in Wisconsin.

Dislikes: My only regret is getting the Insert model. It is more difficult to clean and needs to be cleaned more often. The venting is harder to access (you have to remove the shroud and pull the unit out) and the ash pan is much smaller than on the standard stove. The insert does use the unused fireplace space though and that is a plus.

Comments: Overall I've been very pleased with this unit. It is a corn/pellet stove. I have found that the corn burns better (and moves more slowly through the auger) when mixed with wood pellets - I use about a 75/25% ratio of corn to pellets. I bought the stove to save on the ever increasing oil bill and to utilize our fireplace area (we used the fp about once or twice a year - very inefficient). Last year I burned the stove only during the day and still saved about a hundred gallons of oil from the previous year. This year I'll burn it 24/7 - corn is cheap and oil isn't! I have found that a ceiling fan along with a fan on a stand go a long way in distributing the heat to other rooms in the house as well. The service from my local seller and the manufacturer have been excellent. When I've had a few problems with the unit (my error) they have been helpful in determining the problem and resolving it. Cost of stove listed includes venting (double wall up a 25 ft chimney).

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004