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New Mt. Vernon AE -Wrong Decision?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by VA Bugler, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. VA Bugler

    VA Bugler New Member

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    New member here,

    I really appreciate all the very informative information. Just wish maybe i had found this forum before I ordered the Mt. Vernon AE. From the info read: Earlier versions had ignitor issues and control boards issues.
    I am wondering if anyone that has recently purchased can confirm the issues are resolved.

    I really could care less for all the bells & whistles like auto clean. But, My wife loves the looks of the Mahogany. I want a reliable model that if properly maintained will last for years.

    They don't install until the 27th. I may be able to switch to the Enviro M55 if others recommend.

    Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Lots of them here and we don't hear much squabbling these days. You should be fine.
  3. Dave Johnston

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    We have 2 mt. Vernon's and absolutely adorn them. We've replaced 1 igniter in 7 years and its a very simple task. We would buy another my. Vernon tomorrow if need be.
  4. VA Bugler

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    This is great news! I am going to locate the thermostat in the adjoining room to minimize the restarts.

    Thanks!
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  5. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the pellet world,

    Do some pellet hunting to help pass the waiting game. Gotta get an idea whats available near you. Pick up a few of each to see which pellet you like,

    Don't forget the pic's once you get it rolling.
  6. stovelark

    stovelark Minister of Fire

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    Hi VA- don't despair, a good stove you have there. We sell both at the store, but the M55 does probably outsell the MV. The issues that plagued the MV years ago have been resolved, its a quiet, fantastic heating machine. But so is the M55. Good luck with it.
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  7. smoke show

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    I have a 2008 model and have had no issues but ignitor. also only burn pellets.
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  8. Speed3

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    No, not the wrong decision at all. I haven't had any issues with mine other than a minor one that was taken care of under warranty, no questions asked. The M55 was a choice for me as well from the dealer I purchased from. It was not an easy decision for me but the tie breaker was the difference in cost for igniters. $235 for the M55 vs $68 for the Mt Vernon. Since this is an item that wears out no matter the stove brand, this cost difference pushed me over the edge.
  9. john193

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    No issues with mine, though mine is only a year old. My father in-law has had this for over 4 years now and he bought the floor model that was hooked up and demoed to customers. Still all original parts, except for the thermocouple that was replaced under warranty.
  10. Caribfan

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    Bought a Mt Vernon 2 years ago and love it - only issues have been 2 pellet jams that I cleared in seconds with a coat hanger
  11. Madcodger

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    We bought a MV AE at the end of 2010. Had some problems with the thermostats (replaced two) but this third one near the beginning of last season seems to have done the trick, using a different firmware. We just switched dealers for cleaning / service because our former dealer seems to be more interested in sales than service, and the new dealer updated the firmware again just two weeks ago. He said it was just a minor update that might help with some things, but that might not even apply to us.

    We also replaced an ignitor in the middle of last season (did that myself) and have heard from two dealers in our area that this is fairly normal if you use the stove constantly, as we do.

    The only real problem I've had with this unit is that it's a bit loud when running on high. We have it in our family room (it looks like a piece of art, and let' face it, it's priced that way, too!). But most of the time it's not a problem even when we are watching TV. I think an adjustment of the temp differential, and possibly a switch to manual mode to prevent it from cycling so much, might be an experiment I'l try this year.

    We like pellets in general so much that I just picked up an old Whitfield Quest insert (close to 20 years old) for a basement office fireplace. Much cleaner and easier than wood, and much cheaper than the heat pump. We like the lower carbon footprint, too. My only advice would be to keep it clean, do regular maintenance, and by high quality pellets. An have a carbon monoxide detector in the room, just in case.
  12. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    You do have it set on quiet, correct?
  13. Madcodger

    Madcodger Guest

    Yep. Still a bit loud.
  14. Rowdysdad

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    In February of this year I purchased an Accentra insert. I initially chose that brand because of the slide out feature for ease of cleaning and I liked the pellet feed setup.

    After experimenting with the stove for a couple weeks, I decided that on the mid to high setting runs the blower motor was too noisy. I called the dealer and he said that he had several complaints about the same problem. For the $200 difference in the listed price, he offered to exchange the Accentra for a Mt. Vernon. I agreed to the offer and the exchange/install happened 2 days later.

    I have not experienced any problems in the short time that I have had the Mt. Vernon. It has awesome heat output, its very quite and it looks great. It has exceeded my expectations and in my opinion it's well worth the investment.

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  15. smoke show

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    I would have to associate that with pellet length.
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  17. VA Bugler

    VA Bugler New Member

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    The Mt Vernon was installed today. So far I am quite impressed. Burned her in for a couple hours and all is well.
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  18. jtakeman

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    Purdy stove! :cool:
  19. imacman

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    I agree. It will be even prettier when there's a good quality surge protector on the end of that power cord.

    Congrats on the stove....enjoy the heat!
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  20. Powerhorse

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    I purchased a Mt. Vernon in 2010 and i'm still on the original igniter. I have the same pellets you are burning. I get them from Wood Heat in Flemington NJ.
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    20130928_201715.jpg 20130928_201659.jpg 2012-07-23_21-18-18_599.jpg Here's some photos.
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  22. hooter04

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    They are a nice stove,seems like I got a couple here somewhere too.
  23. smg64ct

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    I bought mine in 2009 and I've had a lot of things replaced. I still have some glitches with, like I'll wake up to a cold house because of some error. It seems to have a mind of its own. I wouldn't buy another.

    It heats well when it's working right. Good luck with yours.
  24. rona

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    The amount of restarts is normally figured by the type and amount of fuel used. In other words you are given different fuels, sometimes a choice of high or regular altitude and how high you have to run the thermostat to be comfortable. The time between dumps is predetermined by your selections . If it is very cold you will naturally burn more pellets and thus it will dump more often.
    If I remember right you can buy a cable to connect to a 12 volt battery and it will run 6 hours before dumping using a 12 volt battery for power.

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