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Lopi pioneer insert or Whitfield Profile 30 insert..HELP!!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by mastergunnera8, Feb 2, 2008.

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  1. mastergunnera8

    mastergunnera8 New Member

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    Looking to get a pellet insert and have an opportunity between these two stoves...anyone have any advice?

    THANKS!!!

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  2. hearthtools

    hearthtools Moderator Emeritus

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    The small Lopi/Avalon Pioneer and Newport bay are smalls stoves.
    you are better of with the Astoria bay or Yankee bay. they put out more heat and are more reliable than the smaller model.

    the profile has a little more heat than the Pioneer/Newport and less than the Yankee/Astoria but has the dumb photo eye and Lennox has discontinued all Whitfield stoves
    and will not product parts for stove older than 10 years old.
  3. mastergunnera8

    mastergunnera8 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply...I am hooked up with a dealer going out of business and will sell me the lopi or the profile for under $1000...I think they are both excellent deals..but I don't want to get into a bad product either...
  4. sparkydog00

    sparkydog00 Feeling the Heat

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    I owned a Lopi Pioneer Bay for five years.
    It was a good stove...but as you know it is a small stove. Which was the main reason I did get rid of it.
    The build quality of the stove was excellent.
    It only had one issue that was never fixed to my satisfaction. It would take forever (5 minutes)for the auger to start. The light would say the auger was turning...but you couldn't hear it so it wasn't. Then magically it would just start turning.
    The repair guy (will not call the buffoon a technician)replaced my auger motor. Didn't need to be changed..and didn't fix the problem.
    The door gaskets needed to be changed at least annually.
    It has a really small ash pot...so you will always be cleaning this stove.
    But the stove itself was easy to work on. Was even able to score a repair guide for the stove.
    Wish the Harmen was as user friendly as the Lopi.
    C'est la vie.
    Anybody know where I could get a repair manual for my Accentra?
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    MSmith66 Feeling the Heat

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    I don't think there are repair manuals for Harman stoves. You will need a service tech to look at it. The only manual would be the owners manual. OR post your issue here
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    sparkydog00 Feeling the Heat

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    Thankfully I have no issues with the stove yet.
    Was just commenting on how the Travis Industry Stoves have nice easy to follow troubleshooting guides.
    The Harmen Owners Manula has barely enough information to light the stove let alone fix any problems that might occur.
    In my humble opinion Harmen literature post ownership is a joke.
    They spend at least 5 times as much money printing up the sales brochures than they do printing the useless owners manual.
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