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Review of --- Elena Steel 2008 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets

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Review of --- Elena Steel 2008 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets
Installation Type: Pellet/Corn - new Pellet Vent Setup
Date Reviewed: 2012-10-09 16:25:02

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): 800 | House Size (Sq feet): 3400
Bought in 2011 , Price Paid: 3690
Location : Frenchtown, NJ 08825, USA
Purchased from: Mail Order/Internet Retailer - Northland Distributing

Likes: Quiet, quality construction, top-notch "fit and finish", fully automatic ignition with a 7-day
programmable thermostat, decent size 68 pound hopper, easy access to service, efficient, NOT made in China !

Dislikes: Premium price, not everyone likes a contemporary styled stove, USA dealer network sparse

Comments: Ecoteck Elena Steel Pellet Stove (built 2008). 48,000 BTU. Seems well made and easy
to work on, open access when the side panels are off. The combustion blower is a
Pabst-EBM variable speed motor, with RPM feedback to the control board. It is a 33W
97CFM unit, the same part number used in the Rika Austroflamm Integra stove.
The ignitor looks like a standard immersion type of cartridge heater element (I measured it
at 250W), and seems easy to replace. The convection fan looks also to be a high quality
variable speed motor, Pabst-EBM too. The auger motor looks like a standard
Merkle-Korff AC Gear-motor, 2.4 RPM. The welds are neat and clean, with use of
high-temp pre-formed silicone gaskets. The control features a built-in room thermostat,
with an adjustable "swing", and can operate the stove as a full ON/OFF (re-ignition) mode,
or a throttle-back-to-low-burn-rate until the thermostat kicks it back to a selectable higher
level. The stove has a built-in 7-day programmable thermostat too. The stove comes with
an IR remote control, to adjust the thermostat temp, firing level, or turn it ON and OFF.
You can also connect an external wired thermostat, a standard "close-a-low-voltage
contact" type. The heat exchanger is stainless steel, with a scraper/cleaning rod.
Interestingly, the 68 pound hopper is not sealed, I guess it relies on the volume of pellets
to block fresh indoor air from being pulled into the combustion chamber. The fire-pot is
stainless steel too. I have an OAK installed, and am venting about 5 feet horizontal with
4 inch Duravent Pellet-Pro pipe. The unit is very quiet. There are user menu controls for
fuel-feed trim and combustion blower speed trims. There is also a timer, keeping track
of actual stove operating hours. You can also monitor the exhaust temperature,
and the measured RPM of the combustion blower. The stove is easy to clean, I use a
ShopVac with a Gore Cleanstream HEPA filter.

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