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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by ad356, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. ad356

    ad356 Member

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    what a peice of junk that thing was. i never could get an acceptable burn, all i ever did was play with it. i spent hours on that stupid thing, dealing with daily clinkers clogging up the burn pot, ect. it just was NOT a well thought out stove. in fact i was in tractor supply not that long ago and they completely redesigned that stove. they no longer sell these stoves with the ash tray and slider doors. this stove was extremely difficult to clean, had a very poor heat exchanger design, had a very bad ignitor design; and was not a manual ignition stove so it was possible to light it manually but it was not easy, the PLC programing made that extremely difficult.

    -heat exchanger, non existant just an empty space above the burnpot that would fill up with fly ash over time
    -pellet despenser, a chute that would drop the pellets on top of the already burning pellets causing the "popcorn effect", heat loss from pellets being broken up
    -ash pan that leaks air causing the firebox to be an unsealed unit
    -bad door design again firebox not a sealed unit
    -loud, annoying, and ineffective room fan that barely circulated any air.
    -made out of very cheap metal was starting to rust on the inside of the firebox after it was only a couple of years old.
    -poor burnpot design that allowed ash to build up around air holes. you had to complete shut down stove and loose all heat to clean it out and this had to be done at least once every 12-14 hours

    i never could get his piece of junk to run very well. i tried runing it in my garage for a year. gave up when it wouldnt even bring the temperature up to 55 degrees in a fairly small 900 sq foot barn. garnted it is not insulated but that not a big space to heat.

    i dont know how the rest of their products are but i would never recommend their pellet stoves to anyone. horrid horrid design. i personally am very hesistant to buy anything made by US stove company ever again

    i ended up selling this pice of junk for $375 just to get it out of my garage. it was more agravation then it was worth.


    makes me wonder if they even tested this thing before they put it on the market. what a horrid product, one of the worst things i ever bought

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  2. krooser

    krooser Minister of Fire

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    So I guess you were unhappy with that stove?!!!
  3. ad356

    ad356 Member

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    very much so, it never burned properly. the harman is worlds better. i do like the harman and the only problem i have with it is that it heats the house but not that evenly, the temps vary quite a bit room to room. we opened up the floor plan, that helped a little but it still isnt perfect.how do we get more of heat into the kitchen and dining room?

    my only other complaint is the cost of pellets. the stove itself, its awesome 2nd best heating pellet stove in the industry, in my opinion. the only thing that bests its heating ability in pellets would be a P68, in my opinion. the P series stoves arent about having a bunch of decoritve flash but having a good solid heating performance on a well built stove that should last years.
  4. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    You get what you pay for!
  5. Bioburner

    Bioburner Moderator Staff Member

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    Hold on there, that may apply to a lot of new products. But not to used. Just did the fall test burn on garage Harman that we got for $440 last year. Yep works great and the Italian is good too. There is good entry level stoves out there. Just wish more people would do a little more homework before pulling the trigger.
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  6. SteveB

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    ad356,
    Tell us how you REALLY feel! ;lol

    Sorry you had such a bad time with your King. With some good advice from folks on this forum, I got mine working pretty well, I think. Of course I like my P43 a lot better, but then it cost more than twice as much too, actually approaching three times as much....

    Still using the 5510, but thinking about replacing it with another Harman. The 5510 is starting its sixth season now but I do already have a buyer for it at $500 if we do decide to pull the trigger on the second Harman.

    Steve
  7. ad356

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    i tried nearly everything to get that thing working properly. it was clinker city and the heat output really wasnt that good. if you look at the heat exchanger design, there is a HUGE difference between that and your harman. if you like your P43 you would love one of the bigger brothers from the P series, like a p61 or p68. i have a p61 its a sligthly older model that i bought on clearence, it's the original P61 without automatic ignition. anyways i love the engineering that goes into a harman. rear pellet feed vs. having the pellets dropped into the burnpot is much more effiencent, and the heat exchanger is a great design. i also love the way it gives off good radiant heat, from all sides.
  8. SteveB

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    Yep, the Harman is awesome, I even have it for my avatar pic. We have a very old woodburner insert in the fireplace that we haven't used in years. The wife really wants to replace it with a P35i and then the 5510 could go too. I like that idea! Another Harman in the household would be an awesome thing! :)
  9. boosted3g

    boosted3g Feeling the Heat

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    I have a buddy who has one and yeah it's not Harman or a Mount Vernon but it put out enough heat to take the edge off the oil bills. It's all in what you want or need and how deep your wallet or purse is. If your after bang for the buck the always Englander.
  10. Bioburner

    Bioburner Moderator Staff Member

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    Or a nice used Harman. Had to fire up the stove in garage this AM as temps dropped into low 50's. Love the radiant heat. Snow maybe in state next weekend!? Hope not, wanted to see some nice leaves.
  11. boosted3g

    boosted3g Feeling the Heat

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    2nd the used Harman. Too early for snow with the leaves on the trees still. A few years ago we had 8 inches of snow in October and I shook my Japanese maples every hour to keep branches from snapping.

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