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What brand/model stove do you have and would you recommend it?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Jasbolto, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. flynfrfun

    flynfrfun Minister of Fire

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    I can tell you that with the M55 you won't have to open the door between cleanings since it has an agitator that keeps the burn pot breathing at it's peak. Sounds like the Harman may require an occasional scrape of the burnpot between weekly cleanings, easy enough. But the Harman has a better designed docking station what automatically connects both the exhaust and the OAK. The Enviro only connects the exhaust, you have to come up with your own way to get the OAK connected which could be a real pain in certain circumstances.

    The only reason why the M55 is a better "heater" is because it is rated for higher BTU input (55,000) vs 40,000 for the Harman. So don't let that sway you, the Harman will be as efficient as the Enviro when converting pellets to heat. Based on your climate the Harman will be plenty unless you have more than 2500sf. Neither stove will be maintenance free as they all have motors and electronics that can break down/fail. I don't think either has a better reputation as far as breakdowns are concerned.

    As you said, it is an investment, so I imagine looks count. I would choose based on which looks better to you or your wife. Both are great stoves.

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  2. Hello fellow newbie,

    To answer your original question, I can vouch for the HearthStone Heritage as being a great stove after having run it for over 2 months now. The Heritage is made by a good, American company that makes a quality product. It's self-igniting, has a unique and effective design that ends-up throwing a ton of heat, and can be either manually controlled, thermostatically controlled, or programmed by the user on a custom schedule. It heats my whole home of 1,160 square feet. Great aesthetics as well. I've been in touch with their technician via email and he's been quick with replies and informative. I can easily recommend this stove.
    And no, I don't work for the company! ;)

    Whatever you end-up getting, have a safe and happy heating season and welcome to the board, it's a great place to glean info.

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  3. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    I fully agree.

    It took me about 4 years of tweaking, cleaning, messing around, swearing, turning it off for a week, hating it, reading here, fixing it, loving it again, and so on and on to really say I know what i'm doing with it now. I've been elbow deep in places that if my stove were a female, i'd get in trouble for. lol


    I fully support the dealer option-- go see what they sell. And even more so, pick a GOOD dealer. Other dealers tend to only want to work with what they know.

    And make sure you get an OAK (outside air kit). It's my biggest regret with the stove. Do it upon install.
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  4. Cleetussnow

    Cleetussnow Member

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    my m55 clone (Regency GCI 60) insert has done nothing but impress me, especially during the recent cold snap. I have fussed with it a little bit getting it set to run, but more a labor of love. Now that thing keeps my 2,000 SF plenty warm. I also have plenty of capacity to make more heat if I need too.

    There is a GCI 55 I think which is a little smaller/cheaper, and that might fit your SF better. I think the 60 could be overkill.
  5. outdoorsgriz

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    I've been running pellets almost 20 years now. Things to consider:

    1. If it's the only source of heat, buy back up parts such as blower motor, combustion motor, auger motor, limit switches - or whatever you read may go out on the stove you end up choosing.
    2. Make sure parts in #1 are available. Most of the stuff doesn't have to bought from a dealer - McMaster Carr & Graingers are good resources.
    stove-parts-unlimited.com is a place I get a lot of parts as well.
    3. Make sure you have a local wood pellet dealer that's been around awhile. I bought a Harman P-100 Pellet Furnace dirt cheap from a guy who couldn't find pellets locally anymore.
    4. If you can pull that oil boiler - put in a Harman Pellet Furnace. I heated a 2500 sq. ft. home with mine (above) for four years on about two bags/day in the coldest of winter. 120,000 BTU's was a nice output for two bags a day.
    5. Get on these kinds of boards and learn the idiosyncrasies of how pellet stoves function in general, and then how your brand operates. I've never bothered going to a dealer, because after 18 years, I've found I know more then them anyway.
    6. Always make LITTLE adjustments.....i.e., damper, feed control, thermostat control.
    7. Install stove leaving yourself room to work, i.e., taking off side or rear panels in particular.
    8. If your stove is in the house and if you live in a area you can get away with it, take your pellet stove outside sometime in the summer and blow it thoroughly with air compressor. Or leaf blower - I guess that's a popular method now, too.


    I'm sure there's more, but that's what comes to mind. I've had Whitfield, Harmon, Avalon, Breckwell and a couple of ancient stoves that I don't even remember the names of.
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  6. dale hallamn

    dale hallamn New Member

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    I'm new to the pellet world and have an englander 25 pdvc and it cranks out plenty of heat for my small house but I have some regrets I bought it without knowing to much and wish I had gotten one that would turn its self on and off with the thermostat instead of just going on low keep that in mind on nights it's just cold enough to want a little heat the thing gets it to like 77 have to keep turning it on and off
  7. boosted3g

    boosted3g Feeling the Heat

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    Please dont use the words "elbow deep" and "female" in the same sentence again.
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  8. kykel

    kykel Feeling the Heat

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  9. outdoorsgriz

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    IMO...OAK's are over-rated. I've never had one and never had a problem. Including with insurance companies.
  10. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    My first home was just an oversized air filter with so many leaks. Almost could tell which way the wind blew by the dust bunny drifts. New home you can tell if you have a door or window closed by how high the fire is. Have to run a radon mitigation system too. Rather have a leak or 2.
  11. MCPO

    MCPO Minister of Fire

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    Perhaps you simply don`t know what you`re missing or the ramifications of not having one?
  12. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    OAK wars 2012 coming soon!
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    :) :) :)
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  14. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    As someone with a newer house (1997) and a radon system, get an OAK :p
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  15. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Pass me some PC, please!
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  16. How is that even possible???
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  17. Pweeny

    Pweeny New Member

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    I understand you can get a thermostat for this unit and wire it in yourself, I think I saw it on the video that came with the stove. I have not started my research on that yet but I will let you know when I get it how it works. Just now we are doing the same, turning it off and on.
  18. kenstogie

    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    Like Pweeny says. I have the 25 pvdc and there's lots of info on it here in the forums. I don't know everything but am learning besides it's a relatively simple stove which I like because I am relatively simple.
  19. MCPO

    MCPO Minister of Fire

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    The pdv/c series are great performers BUT they are Englanders low end value driven pellet heaters and tailored to potential buyers in the low end price range. Something has to give here.
    If that`s what you bought , you gotta live with the way the thermostat operates the stove (hi/lo) only. It works just fine in the coldest months but in the shoulder seasons you would need to turn it off/on manually . I don`t see it as an issue for everyone but we all have different wants and needs.
    And this is where the purchaser should have done his homework first.

    My Harman P-38 (Harman`s low end model) doesn`t have an auto ignition ,therefore it`s all manual and pretty much the same as the PDV,C series but my next pellet stove will have auto ignition and on/off thermostat capability. I think it`s worth it just to save pellets.
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