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Review of Harman --- PC-45 Corn Burning Stove -- Freestanding Stove burning Multifuel (Oil/Wood)
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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): 750 | House Size (Sq feet): 3300
Bought in 2003 , Price Paid: 3000
Location : Tremont, IL 61568, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Stove Shop Pekin, IL
I have written two earlier reviews on the Harman PC-45 corn stove. It continues to run very well for us in our 3rd season (2005-06 season).
I get lots of emails from people about the PC-45. There has been a new web site started exclusively for corn burning stoves:
You can get a lot of info on heating with corn on that web site. It is not a commercial site. Just several people that have questions about heating with corn and could not seem to find a web site for it. So they started their own.
Like I said, our Harman works great but I get emails from other PC-45 owners that are a little disappointed with:
1.- During heavier, continuos operation the auger/stirring arm gets caked with clinker material and has to be swapped out every couple of days (you get 2 auger arms with the stove, no tools required to swap them out but stove must be cool).
2. Noisy. Several say the unit is too noisy.
3. Dirty with lots of fine ash to clean out regularly.
4. Some think it is a fuel hog. Ours eats some corn when running at high setting but puts out a ton of heat. So,..... I just don't know what to say about that either?
We run our stove at a lower setting since we heat with wood a lot.(we have both the corn stove and a seperate wood stove) The corn stove is augment heat and runs at lower settings. So we don't have the problems to the degree that others might if running the stove full blast continuously (that is why I think our auger arm does not cake up with clinkers).
As far as cleaning the Harman a lot? I just don't know. Our point of reference may be different from other. We have heated with wood for 12 yrs and we cut most of our own. Now THAT is a bunch of work, cutting wood!!! So now I have to clean the corn stove out every week?! No big deal to me. It's a lot less work than cutting, stacking and hauling wood around the farm. So to me, it's not that much work to clean the corn stove. I don't want to justify the dirty soot involved with the Harman, but there is "no free lunch" here. If you heat with any biomass (wood, corn, pellets) there is a lot of cleanup involved. Just be aware that some others think the Harman involves excessive cleaning.
Again, our PC-45 has worked great! But others have been disappointed.
You must ask yourself why you are going with a corn stove?? Why not a wood stove? Can you get good, reliable, affordable wood? If so, get a wood stove.
Wood stoves are much simpler to operate. These corn stoves are highly automated which means lots can go wrong. The are finicky. I suggest you first consider a wood stove if you have wood fuel available at affordable rates.
I love our harman PC-45, but if someone made me choose our wood stove or the corn stove ---- I'd take the wood stove over the corn burner any day. Just my two cents.
Come to the corn stove web site for more info (www.cornstoveinfo.com or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck - Dan in Central IL (written in Dec 2005)
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004