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  1. chris03079

    chris03079 New Member

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    Has anyone had good, bad experiences with this pellet stove the Hudson River Saranac.
    bought it last week, pulled the permit today and should be installed on Friday. Its just sitting in the corner on the hearth pad waiting.....

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  2. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a new brand, probably a private label of another manufacturer.

    If I may be so bold as to ask, what made you purchase this model?
  3. chris03079

    chris03079 New Member

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    local stove shop carries this brand and one other , this one came as a package with simpson vent pipe, log's & brick. and figured that this way I had local tech. support. the stove foot print was a little smaller than the stove we looked @ at H.D. and a larger glass area (wife).
  4. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Good to have local support. My concern with pellet stoves is always what the track record and future prospects of the maker is. In this case, we traced the maker back to a fairly substantial company...but my concern is that (in general) folks should choose Pellet stoves from long term manufacturers who will definitely be there in 8 or 10 years, etc.

    We recently had a member who bought a unit "mail order' and then found that the seller did not really know much about the stove.....yeah, I know -sometimes I am too protective, but I like to make sure folks get their moneys worth!

    Looks like a decent stove - Canadian made (BC)...I suspect we will find out it is identical to some other brand and just sold under a different name.
  5. stoveguy13

    stoveguy13 Minister of Fire

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    I think that is BAC private label deal. I know they have a wood stove called the hudson river
  6. chris03079

    chris03079 New Member

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    Manual says
    Hudson River stove works
    Manufactured by
    Inca Metal Cutting Ltd.
    Richmond, BC Canada

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  7. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, BAC is the agent, but the manufacturer is Inca, and they may be making it for someone else also under other brand names....who knows?

    This is sort of a rarity in the stove biz. Us old-timers are used to knowing the guy who designs and welds the units together! I guess we have to enter the Brave New World where next week we might have the "Hearth.com Pellet Stove"
  8. jed12674

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  9. Afuel Driver

    Afuel Driver New Member

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    I have been running mine now since the first of november and have had zero problems with it so far. Did find that it seems to work better if you run it withouth the ceramic log installed ( more room for ash and can go more time without cleaning) I was a little sceptical at first because of it being a new stove on the market also, but just for the hell of it i created an imaginary problem with it and called their tech number that is in their manual. The tech guy i talked to was very knowagable and helpful and that put me a little more at ease. I have a 2200 square foot home (open floor plan) and its kept the entire house comfy without going abouve the second heat level. I would feel ok to recomend this stove to others at this point.
  10. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    I agree fully on the service and the reliability if the co. will be there in 8-10 years. One thing I notice in our area thats beginning to happen is a "cross servicing"(for lack of the proper wording)......for instance....Home Depot sells Englanders....however....NO ONE around here works on them. "However"....the Home Depots of Southern Maine have called and had meetings with the dealer that I bought my stove from and wants to send the dealers son and possibly other employees to a training school to be a licensed service person for their stoves. The HD's told him that they have had alot of complaints because HD cant get anyone around here to service them. So my thoughts are....that in the coming years(or months) you'll see more service people learning/training to cross over and service even though they dont sell the stoves in general. That would help in alot of areas if they serviced several types of stoves even though they dont sell them. We'll see....
  11. PhatT

    PhatT New Member

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    Open you right side door, check your model number, it may say Tasman 40,000

    To my surprise the Saranac is an older stove renamed and the BTU increased to 50,000

    My dealer has no answers is my stove a 40,000 or a 50,000 btu stove????
  12. crausch

    crausch New Member

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    Most recent experience with the Hudson River is that both motors may fail at the same time :lol:

    I know that was just horrible but I couldn't resist.
  13. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    I own one, the stove can put out some serious heat and is in fact one that has been sold under several names.

    codebum is correct about the blowers, however everyone should understand that the same thing is happening to many other manufacturers stoves because they also are using the same motors/blowers etc...

    Seems that some part supplier manufacturing plants are the root causes of the blower (motor) issues.

    For example the exhaust blowers were produced by XYZ at several different plants and didn't have the same impellers so there were many produced that were actually undersized. Some of the undersized ones also had motors that weren't self lubricating.

    So far I've managed to get through a large pile of sub premium premium pellets ( he!! I'll even try some of the "new" ones shortly since I want to support local folk) despite having issues related to air flow (but then I'm stubborn and can growl down all opposition).

    Craig you nailed it when you compared making pellet stoves to making airplanes only to have them fall out of the sky.
  14. crausch

    crausch New Member

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    Smokey the bear:
    Ha...imagine that. I was only trying to make a play on words (about the plane and the river). It was a terrible joke anyway. In no way do I have any experience with the stove itself. And I agree that just like cars all stoves can have their problems or the ocassional lemon.
  15. MCPO

    MCPO Minister of Fire

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    Lets see now, There`s a distributor in Hudson NY with the name BAC owned by Bob A. Cohen hence the initials BAC.
    My guess is he carries the Hudson River along with many other brands.
    My friends and I purchased more than a few wood stoves and insulated chimneys from him in years past but he grew and grew and his significantly higher prices now reflect his large overhead and increased sales people .

    Here`s a link to his site:
    http://www.bacsales.com/webpages/aboutus.html
  16. sammypoodle

    sammypoodle New Member

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    Been using my Hudson River since November. It does put out some serious heat. All in all I am satisfied. The parts seem to be all standard parts and should be easy to find. Had some intial quirky issues but they all have been resolved. Clean your pellets. These stoves do not like the fines. Does the job well.
  17. MCPO

    MCPO Minister of Fire

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  18. Doocrew

    Doocrew Feeling the Heat

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    I'm with Sammy. He and I both purchased our stoves from the same dealer about a month apart. I've been through 2.5 tons so far this year. A few quirks, but the dealer is very responsive. Where did you purchase your stove Chris?

    Hudson River Stove Works website
    http://www.hudsonriverstoves.com
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