Hi Pelletiers (not sure what you call yourselves). I've had a Mt Vernon sitting in the corner of my house (installed) that I've never used. I've got a wood stove in the other corner of the room so thats what i've been using. The sticker inside the hopper says it was made in 2005. I cleaned out the heating pot (had some old pellets in it), emptied the ash catcher, put new batteries in the thermostat box and then put a couple handfulls of pellets in the pot. Plugged it into the wall and the fan started running. It just keeps running (I can turn the fan up with the switch on the side of the stove and press the button under the switch which doesn't seem to do much). The pulled the ash box and felt the element and its definetely hot but even leaving the unit plugged in with the fan going for about half an hour the pellets didn't ignite. I will add that I have no idea what i'm doing when it comes to a pellet stove so any ideas are greatly appreciated.