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Looking for a large pellet stove......

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Roger K, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Roger K

    Roger K New Member

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    I think I may be looking to buy a large pellet stove to replace my Avalon, I need to heat a pretty big house, around 2200sqft. I want a reliable stove, maybe more function and less form than the Avalon Arbor I have now. Of course price is a factor. Some input would be really great.

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  2. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    Have a Harman dealer nearby? ;)
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  3. Roger K

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    Yes, but the price is over the top!
  4. FyreBug

    FyreBug Minister of Fire

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    Looked at Drolet ECO-65?

    Caveat... We make them so I'm obviously biased. Do a search on Hearth.com to see reviews.
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  5. Bob Sorjanen

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    what about the bigger Englander stoves? the price is reasonable on them, and the people that I know that have them like them alot.
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    Anyone know price differences on a mt vernon vs comparable harman?
  7. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Harman P61/P68 or the Enviro Maxx M should be the ticket. Dollar wise the Maxx M should be a lil cheaper depending on area and dealer markups.

    If you don't mind doing daily burnpot(varies depending on pellets) you can also look at the non multifuel Enviro Maxx or VistaFlame VF170(rebadged maxx). They will be less costly then the above stoves. But IMHO the multifuel units are well worth the extra money. You'll save the difference in a few seasons on cheaper pellets alone, Not to mention the time savings in your labor if thats ssomething you could put a dollar factor to it. Choices are limited on the big brute stoves over 50K BTU's. But what is available are decent.

    I own the sister stove to the Maxx M and I only do a weekly cleaning. Otherwise I don't open the door at all no matter what pellet I use. Only thing is I have to open the hopper lid every other day.
  8. Mike D

    Mike D Feeling the Heat

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    If the Avalon has been a sound unit for you, have you considered or looked into the Lopi Leyden (same manufacturer as the Avalon)? Works fine for me on about 2400 sqft.
  9. Roger K

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    I bought the Arbor based on how pretty it was, and it did work pretty well. I would like to spend a lot less this time around, and buy more of a work horse.
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    kinsmanstoves Minister of Fire

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    All Harman and Quadrafire pricing is available on their web sites. If those are to steep, look at the Heatilator stoves.

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    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    I'm heating 2400' with a P38 ($2150). Very rarely do I use my other one in the man cave and it's not to supplement my upstairs unit.
  12. Bioburner

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    A 05, Harman P68 just listed on CL for $1500 in MN. A bit more than I want to spend for a garage heater but would be great for a home.
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    A work horse with trouble free operation??? Harman P68......
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    I vote P68. I can not be happier with my purchase. I debated the cost for a while but took the smart way out and spent a few more $$ now to get the cadilac of stoves. I heat a log home that I will say is not very energy efficient. Have not turned on my propane furnace going on two years now.
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    Have you considered a second average size one on the other side of the house?
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    I'm happy with my Drolet Eco 65. I'm heating approx 3200 square feet. ( finished basement 600 sf, main level 1,300 sf, upstairs 1,300 sf) Basement stove install and ducted directly upstairs. It seems to have no problems burning any pellets. Clean out burn pot every couple days but have let it go over a week no big issue. Its a bottom feed unit.
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    How did you tie it in to the duct work?
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    DV Feeling the Heat

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    The stove and duct is not tied into my existing HVAC ductwork. The stove itself is ductable. I have a 5 inch duct that connects to the stoves and goes directly upstairs to my family room where it terminates as a floor register. The 500 CFM blower on the stove moves the air from the stove to the main level. I also have an open foyer in the main level that lets the warm air move upstairs and the cold air return down to the basement. You can actually feel the cold air moving down the bottom of the stairs as the house is warming up. The stove works great in my particular setup. I have to say it works better than I anticipated. The wife (who is always cold) has actually woken up a few mornings and told me its to hot turn the stove down. The stove has 6 heat settings 6 being the highest. I run it on 3 or 2 the majority of the time. Rarely on 4 and never used 5 or 6...yet.
    *edit* just saw Fyrebugs post. Thats it.
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    Same for me for the Eco-65 1100 sf basement 1400 sf main floor...
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    Eco 65...stove in walk-out basement (unfinished, but insulated)...ducted to main level using hot air plenum kit...heating 1,400 SF main level and 1,000 SF upper level. First year to use stove. Very pleased thusfar. Local propane company (the one I paid so handsomely last year) is calling asking what is going on....owner must have a boat payment coming due. :cool:
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