1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Life expectancy of your pellet stove.

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by South of Boston, Jan 20, 2009.

?

How many years do you expect from your pellet stove?

  1. 1-5 years

    28.8%
  2. 5-10 years

    61.0%
  3. 10-20 years

    8.5%
  4. 20 +years

    1.7%
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. South of Boston

    South of Boston Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2008
    Messages:
    134
    How long do you expect your stove to last? With a car 10 -12 years I'd be happy. What point does one replace the stove instead of parts?

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. mark d fellows

    mark d fellows New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Messages:
    374
    Loc:
    Westmisnter, MD
    I am expecting to have some problem that needs attention within the next three years but expect to have the stove for 10 years as it should be able to be repaired and after the warranty is over, I feel comfortable working on it.

    For the price I paid, I really hope it last that long.

    Mark :)
  3. ORiley

    ORiley New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Messages:
    35
    Loc:
    Wisc.
    I need 4 years to break even on heating costs, and another 2 to cover the chiropractor.

    ;-)
  4. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2005
    Messages:
    2,512
    Loc:
    South Shore MA
    There are a few folks on here running on 15 year old stoves.
    If theirs can last that long I don't see why mine can't.
    Take care of it and it will keep on tickin.
  5. JoeS

    JoeS Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    483
    Loc:
    Maryland
    I purchased a 5 year extended warranty through my dealer so I have that in the bag. I think 10 years is a reasonable life expectancy. I believe I should break even at the 3 1/2 to 4 year range so six years of savings wouldn't be bad!
  6. crausch

    crausch New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2008
    Messages:
    747
    Loc:
    Littlestown, PA
    My intention is to properly maintain mine. So, I expect to get at least 7 years out it, but looking for 10 years.

    Given murphy's law, I expect that things will start failing just outside the warranty period.

    Take someone who never cleans theirs, it will probably see problems about 1 month into the second season. Then it will show up on Craig's list.
  7. Jefflitzy

    Jefflitzy Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    58
    Loc:
    The other province of Ontario.
    I have 2 Tragger furnaces at 10 years, Harman Pellet pro II @ 17 Years and a Harman P61 @ 8 years all still going strong with very little spent on parts over the years.

    Jeff
  8. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2007
    Messages:
    1,641
    Loc:
    South Coast MA
    I am hoping to get atleast 10+ years out of my stove but who knows.
    Until then, I plan to take care of it so it will last as long as possible.
  9. mark d fellows

    mark d fellows New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Messages:
    374
    Loc:
    Westmisnter, MD
    Awesome! Good to hear! Thank you! That is the kind of life, I want out of my stove. I mean, it is cast iron, and everything else should be replaceable as far as I am concerned.

    Mark :)
  10. mkmh

    mkmh New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Messages:
    407
    Loc:
    Southern, Maine
    This is pretty much what I was thinking. Mechanical parts will almost certainly wear out, but the core of the stove should be fine for the long run. I'd say pellet stoves are a much better bet for people who are willing to take on the challenge of replacing an auger, fan, board. The folks who are not comfortable with that often throw them up on CL (needs attention) after they get a quote on a repair job.
    I'm 4 seasons and roughly 15 tons in with my stove and I still have not replaced a mechanical part <knock wood>. I have pulled the combustion and distribution blowers though...and see that they'll be pretty simple to replace when the time comes.
  11. Jefflitzy

    Jefflitzy Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    58
    Loc:
    The other province of Ontario.
    Also for your info I have not put any parts into the Tragger furnaces,
    The PPII needed top burn pot plates about every 5 years, the P61 differential safety switch, ESP probe and circut board this year as well as burn pot plates

    Burn pot plates are a normal wear Item for Harman stoves about 1 every 12 ton of pellets I have found

    In total They burn about 25 Tons of pellets a year heating 13,000 square feet
  12. packerfan

    packerfan Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Messages:
    375
    Loc:
    frozen tundra
    I hope to get more than 10 from my Englander, i figure if I treat the stove good, it will be good to me. If I move though, I probably won't be taking it with me.
  13. Flammam

    Flammam Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
    Messages:
    252
    Loc:
    Western, Ma.
    I am a 16 year old Austroflaam now. Runs like new just need to replace the gaskets every couple of years and keep it clean. I would say this stove has over 100 tons through it.
  14. mgreenage1

    mgreenage1 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Messages:
    40
    Loc:
    Dover, DE
    Been burning my little Breckwell P22 Charm stove since '95(bought new). So far I have been blessed with not having any major issues. In fact, the only repair/replacement parts done are door and window gaskets. My combustion blower is on it's way out I believe, but can't really complain 'bout that. One thing I should note is that for the 1st few years it was used as a supplement to FHA, but recent years it has been my primary source. Also, I live in a bit milder climate than most here so the stove was and has not been worked as hard as some or most others living in colder, more harsh areas.
  15. Mr Whitfield

    Mr Whitfield Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2007
    Messages:
    311
    Loc:
    Northern Cailfornia
    My Whitfield Advantage II-T 1995 has been running for 14 years with all original parts, I live in Northern California, so the stove get's use 5 months out of the year. I think this stove will be around for years..
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page