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Moving to Europe, want to by pellet stove here, will it work?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by wcraigcarter, Jun 23, 2008.

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  1. wcraigcarter

    wcraigcarter New Member

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    I am new to this group.

    I've researched several pellet stove companies and hope to buy one as I make plans to move to Europe.

    The company sells in europe, but the dealer says that they (the company) will not ship a 220V 60hz version.

    The stove's maximum electrical power consumption is 440 watts---it is easy to find step-up transformers to convert from 120 to 220 volts.

    Typically the frequency difference (50 hertz Europe/60 America) will only affect clock rates.

    Do I risk buying one here (at half the price) and ship it with the rest of my belongings?

    Many Thanks, WCC

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  2. GVA

    GVA Minister of Fire

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    you would need a step down xfmr.
    frequency also affects motor speeds. but most should be rated to 50/60 Hz
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    SteveT Feeling the Heat

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    Also consider shipping cost/insurance, customs duties, no warranty, no dealer support, parts, etc.

    Plus, if you are only going to be an Ex-Pat for awhile there would probably be very limited demand if you want to sell it on your return.
  4. wcraigcarter

    wcraigcarter New Member

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    Thanks GVA and EngineREP for the answers.

    This will be a permanent installation and there is a shipment going already so this cost would not be additional. I am willing to go without the waranttee.

    There is a fairly active market in France and several distributors.

    I believe that my major concern would be the chip boards.

    I am now wondering if I take the risk and send it over, whether I could just buy replacement electrical parts if the stove fails to work properly.

    Thanks, WCC
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