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Enviro Empress heating capability

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by fuelstart, Mar 31, 2008.

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  1. fuelstart

    fuelstart New Member

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    I was told by a stove dealer that the Enviro Empress sq ft heat rating was changed from 2000 to 1500 sq ft. The BTU's on the stove are 35,000. Anyone know why the rating might have changed and if 35,000 BTU's will heat a 2000 sq ft house?

    I'm looking for a stove that looks like the Empress but puts out higher BTU's anyone have suggestions?


    Thanks

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  2. BubbRubb

    BubbRubb New Member

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    That seems low to me for 2000 sq ft. Of course, a lot depends on location. If you live in sunny Florida, a 35,000 BTU stove would be overkill for a 2000 sq ft house.
    The change in the square footage rating is probably to better reflect the actual performance of the stove in a cold climate. After all, that is where people are most likely to use them.
  3. kilarney

    kilarney New Member

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    The weird thing is that they also dropped the BTU rating for the Empress.

    I've asked questions about this, but never really got an answer.
  4. fuelstart

    fuelstart New Member

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    Yeah I live in the northeast so i'm thinking i'll need a more powerful stove. The only good place we have to put it is in the kitchen so my wife wants it to be "attractive". Unfortunatly those types of stoves seem to be less powerful and more expensive, go figure!
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    I was about to say the St. Croix, Hastings but its 35,000BTUs

    Shawn
  6. au2183

    au2183 New Member

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    I have 2 of them. I live in a 2000 sq ft raised ranch in southern Maine. I first installed one downstairs at the north end of the house. In cold weather it would be 72 downstairs, and 66 upstairs. I then put another one upstairs at the south end of the house. Now the heat is very even throughout the house, and my pellet consumption barely increased at all. On warmer sunny days we shut the upstairs stove off. This winter I'll use about 4 1/2 tons of pellets. I figure I paid for one of the stoves and then some this year alone. this is our second year with pellets. I added the second stove in early January 2007. My house was built in 1974 for electric heat, so it's relatively tight.
    Hope that helps.
  7. fletchtb

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    My Empress completely heats all but my bedroom and bathroom of my 2100 sq. ft home in Northern VT. My bedroom is in a part of the house that was built in the late 1800s and is more than a little drafty. That part of the house sits on top of a dirt floor basement with a stone foundation. My propane heat died on a below 0 night and my bedroom only dipped to 58 degrees with only the pellet stove heating the house. My stove runs mostly on the highest setting (Level 5) all winter and level 4 when I can get away with it. Running the stove on 4 or 5 24x7 is likely to cause parts to fail sooner. I had to replace a bad auger motor about a month ago and I will replace a very squeaky distribution fan this summer. I am just finishing up my second winter with the stove.

    Overall my propane usage has dropped by more than 75% since installing the pellet stove and we have been very happy with its performance.
  8. fuelstart

    fuelstart New Member

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    How many pellets do you burn through on those settings?
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    fletchtb New Member

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    I have burned jsut almost 6 tons this winter and i expecte to burn another 1/2 ton or so. I burned a little over 6 tons last winter but had closed off one room that is open and used this year.
  10. 90durham

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    Hi: Was wondering about the posted output on this stove as well and got this response from a dealer near the manufacturer. Have ordered this stove as the harman xxv had way too long a lead time and my local dealer was able to give me the colour upgrade for no additional price and can install as soon as I am ready.

    Hi Eric. Thanks for your inquiry. I looked up the brochure on the Enviro website and compared it to the physical brochure we have here in the store, and you are very observant- there are definite differences. So, I called our Enviro rep to get an explanation and he said that the new brochure (as seen on the website) reflects the BTU out put that people can expect to get from the lower grades of pellet, because fir pellets are increasingly hard to aquire. Bearing this in mind with this size of stove, burning straight pine that's a bit soft vs. straight fir that's firm can mean a difference of 4,000 to 6,000 BTU. As for the difference in fan size on the brochures, the new 105cfm fans have slightly longer blades/fins, as to move larger amounts of air more slowly. Our rep is going to find out for me if all of the new Empresses are using the new 105 cfm fans in the FS (free standing) models. He seems rather supportive of doing it either way.
    I hope this answers your questions. You are most observant :eek:)
    Let me know if I can be of more help,

    Regards
  11. terryjd98

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    I would also be interested in what you find out. I just bought an Enviro Evolution and the dealer said it was good for 45,000 btu and the website says 45,000 btu but the brochure that came in the stove says 38,000 btu. Seems to be some conflicting information out there on the Enviro brand of stove. I am only going to heat around 1400 sq ft. so I should be ok. Stove is going on first floor of a 2 story house, going to have an electric stove or heater in the basement and leave it set so it stays around 40 degrees just to make sure pipes won't freeze on them 20 below nights. My electrican doesn't think it will take much heat in the basement to keep it at 40, says the basement will get heat comming from out of the ground and some heat will get down from the stove so electric used will be low.
    Might have to make a couple of calls myself next week and try to find out why the sudden change in btu outputs.
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