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BOSCA PELLET STOVE OPINIONS, REVIEWS

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by sscomo, Nov 15, 2010.

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  1. VictorSinclair

    VictorSinclair New Member

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    On the Bosca website, they say 40 lbs hopper for the Spirit 500, but the online manual says 66 lbs? Anyone know which is true. Thanks for all your responses, you're really helping me with feeling confident in this choice.

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  2. RiddleMasterMorgon

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    Hi,

    you are on the eastcoast, so chances that you get even close to westcoast prices are slim to none - other than you can somehow ship it over yourself (friend doing trucking or such thing). There is an incredible markup on getting the stuff trucked over to the eastcoast.

    Buying from ebay: I think thats quite risky, especially with the BOSCA stoves, since you would not simply get parts you might need. If you are new to stoves in general I would recommend going the installer route. yes thats an extra 1000 USD for a day of work (or similar), but for me it was all worth it since I could dump a lot of responsability to them to get the stove working according to specs (see above thread) - just my 2 cents.

    Looking forward to this season, I now have the best pellets I can get in my area (Barefoots) and I would hope my stove heats the whole house after some anti-draft work in summer. I finally modified my oil forced air to only heat the basement and keep it from freezing and will shift to pellet 24/7 for the first time. I hope the savings will be significant (and my 3.5 tons are actually enough..)

    Cheers
  3. karl0525

    karl0525 New Member

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    The spirit is 40 the bosca classic (square body) 66 pounds
  4. Rooscooter

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    I have a couple of Spirit 500's and I can tell you that you can get at least a bag and half in the hopper. On the 3rd of 4 settings I can get 20 to 24 hrs from a hopper
  5. VictorSinclair

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    :) thanks guys for the quick reply (karl0525) and the real world results (Rooscooter). I can't imagine why Rosca would have 2 different # out there, maybe lost in translation. Well from what you said Rooscooter, it does seem that 66 is closer to being accurate if you get a bag and a half in there.
  6. Rooscooter

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    Bosca's Literature differs from the Web to their Brochures to their Manuals that come with the units. BTU's for example range from 40K to 48K depending on where you read it. The manuals that came with my Bosca's indicate 48K btu's on max setting.

    All in all I've been very happy with the Bosca's. No problems in 4 burning seasons, very easy to clean, not real picky about pellets and great heat..... much more than the Quadrafire's they replaced that were rated at 42K BTU's.
  7. Rooscooter

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    For some reason the Bosca promotional department gets the photos of their "Spirit 550" wood stove and "Spirit 500" pellet stove mixed up. They look exactly alike with the exception of the Ash pan on the pellet stove. The one with the "legs" is the wood stove and the gap below the fire box is for storing wood......

    The Spirit design hasn't changed since I bought mine in late 2009.
  8. VictorSinclair

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    Its been 3 months since I installed my Spirit, and I'm loving it. It's been one of the best purchases I've made for the house, so much so that I want to get a second one for the basement. The only problem is the eBay seller I got mine in the fall for about a $1000 shipped has soldout. Is there any retailers, wholesalers, or distributors that anybody knows about that's selling spirits for around $1000?

    If posting prices here violates forum rules, then pls pm me if you have a lead for me. Much appreciated.
  9. Rooscooter

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    ^^Glad to hear that you like yours. I just had an ignitor go out in one of mine..... when I went in to the dealer to order the part I was told that it would be covered because my serial number matched a batch of suspect ignitors and Bosca was stepping up and replacing them.

    This is my 4th burning season and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. Great heat, very easy to clean and by far the most inexpensive stove that doesn't look like a 1910 "trash burner".... Apologies to those out there that prefer that look....... I like contemporary fixtures as my home is a very contemporary design......
  10. petemal

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    i looked into myself the spirit new model has a larger hopper the older one is only 40 lbs a local dealer had the floor model for 1800 but i say the 1000 ebay ones and for the price if you are handy its worth a shot, again its new
  11. Rooscooter

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    I've owned one since they were introduced and it has always said 40lbs in the literature that comes with the stove while always holding 60+ pounds.....

    This is also the "original" design for the Spirit. It has not been redesigned since it was introduced in 2007
  12. VictorSinclair

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    Not 100% on what you were saying, but thanks for the response. Where is local for you?

    Btw: I do not get a whole 40 lbs bag into mine.
  13. Rooscooter

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    Really?... I get 1.5 bags easily in both of mine. Interesting........ What is the date of fabrication?
  14. VictorSinclair

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    I wish I got that much in mine, but mine is built in 2007 and only gets about 80~85% of a 40lbs bag in at a time. Still love it though and still want another. No response on this thread or pm yet to my request for a low price source. I'll probably start a separate thread.
  15. jtakeman

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    Depends on the pellets bulk density. The higher the density the more you squeeze in. The fat bags(low density) might fill the hopper with one bag where the skinny(high density) has room for more!
  16. Lousyweather

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    I dunno about sotves, but isnt Bosca a drink of some sorts?
  17. karl0525

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    I can say also I can't get a whole 40 pounds in about 30 pounds is all, this is the one and only negative thing I have to say about it
  18. chopper820

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    I love my Bosca Spirit 500. I bought it on Ebay and had it shipped to my door step from the seller in Portland Oregon. The stove was manufactured in 06/2009 and holds about a bag and a half. It's easy to clean and the blowers and other parts are easily accessible. I paid $1275 for it this summer, which included shipping and a wireless thermostat. I have since upgraded the thermostat though, since the one it came with had very limited options. I highly recommend.

    Chopper
  19. bdoakey

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    From what I can tell from my test burn in the garage, I am stoked to get her installed into the house. Stove was given to me by a friend who was moving. Came with some spare parts as he was a Bosca dealer here in Idaho. He ran it almost 24/7 during the cold months here for the last 2 years and was very pleased with the performance. We will be using it as supplemental heat for the front of our house. Natural gas here is so cheap that it does not make sense to use it to heat the whole house. I have some questions on venting but will save that for another thread as well as photos of the install.
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