cac4 asked in another thread about stove maintenance on the various brands...I also am curious if what I've been told matches experienced pellet stove users' actual findings on maintenance needs... I have been told by dealers who sell multiple brands that Harmans do not need to be cleaned nearly as often as other brands such as Quadrafire. I was told Harmans can burn about a ton or so and fill up the ash pan before needing a good cleaning, though you need to quickly clean the burn pot each day no matter which brand you get. They said Quadrafire and other brands need to be cleaned almost every bag you burn, which would be WAY too much for us to manage ... Is there really THAT much of a difference? It is one of the reasons we were willing to pay more for a Harman and endure the uncertain wait. They also said that since the Quads drop from the top the burn pot fills up and has to shut down every six hours to self clean, whereas the Harmans don't because as the pellets push up they automatically push the ash out of the burn pot. Hubby did not care for the auto shut down every six hours and felt it was more mechanical parts that could break as well, so he strongly favors the Harman. What has anyone's actual experience been with these varius scenarios? Thanks for sharing. We continue to wait for the stove, and wonder...!