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Which pellet Stove to replace a woodstove?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by jmp2204, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. jmp2204

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    Enjoy the heat.
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  4. DexterDay

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    Very nice...

    But one question? Is that concrete in front of the brick hearth? Or tile?

    Or is it Carpet? Hard to tell? The ember protection is normally several inches in front of stove.

    Also, make sure you have it hooked up to a good surge protector.

    Looks great. The Drolet is a very nice unit. Burn pot like a Harman, with a softer price point :)
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    It's Tile and was W.E>T.T. cert with a wood stove so it is good to go with the pellet
  6. DexterDay

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    Thats an awesome heater. Do you plan to duct the heat with there Duct system they sell?

    As for the tile, I see a grout line on the left now. Looks like a very nice Hearth. Any pics from further back?
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    no duct, post pix later .Seems to work good .did alot looking wanted a multi fuel, missed on a couple almost new ones would have bought the Harman p-68 the lad posted about in a heart beat just after we bought this .But i had to get this done (have 3 kids in hockey ) my time was running out
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    Have you considered Bio bricks?
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    Update for the pellet stove .If you read back through you will see I looked at a bunch of used ones , most of these were from the US just accross the boarder in NY State.(I live in Canada) The reason I was looking used is I was skeptical a Pellet stove would compete with my woodstove(It was to replace it )

    My House is a poorly insulated early 1900's 2 story.the location of the woodstove made it difficult to push heat upstairs , but down stairs throughout the first floor would heat ok.

    So the stove we bought we bought locally new , It is a Drolet 65,000 btu (again i went big because of my skepticism) I have found that it is nice to be able to control the temp when on a warmer day (just above freezing ) you don't bake yourself out of the house , you have the ability to keep it just righ(setting it at it's lowest setting )t.The challenge to me would be to see what it does when it is -25c(-13f)sustained outside. well this thing far exceded my expectations . the onboard temp control has a scale of 1-6 at -25c i can run it at 4-5 and not only does it heat the whole down stairs but it seems to move the warm air upstairs very well. So the bottom line iis it completely blows my woodstove away and puts my doubts to rest!
    Now the peeves (likely unique to this model) as i have read you have to be diligent cleaning these regularly not really a big deal but the ash builds up on the glass so when you open the door it's all over the floor, it has a 120lb hopper (good thing) and apperently a big ash tray, however the way the ash tray fits (with 1/4" gap on both sides it drops alot of ash beside the tray and again there is an additional mess that comes with it.As a mechanical tradesman/welder I am sure they could of made this a better fit (tighter) and I will likey do this this summer (it is stainless) .The exhaust fan gets build up on the blades and so far i have had to clean it , I was alerted to that by a vibration when the stove was running , I could hear and feel it (not good for bearings on that motor ) I am sure the average guy would have not been able to pick up on that?
    Chimney /exhaust pipe- as stated before I ran the exhaust duct into my existing clay flu 6" chimney with no liner and would wait and see how well that worked (about 15 or so feet high) this chimney was too low with the woodstove from the peak on the house roff on the east side, we had a hard time running a good draft before when we had a strong east wind, this thing hasn't seem to miss a beat with any wind and we have had a bunch of high wind days (including east) so for now it seems good with out a liner(but is it contibruting to the exhaust fan build up?) all in all I am very happy with this unit and 100% recomend anyone thinking of converting from wood to pellets these will replace your woodstove and do a better job.
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    Thanks for the feedback, remember a clean stove is a happy one. All pellet burning appliances have their issues with fly ash, some worse than others.:cool:
  11. DexterDay

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    The Drolet 65 is a Beast of a stove.

    Did you get the duct kit for it?

    Congrats on the stove!! Any pics? We love pics :)
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    Looks awesome and thanks for sharing. Glad the brut is keepin ya toasty. ;)

    How's the maintenance and does it seem to eat any pellet? The price of these certainly makes them appealing. Not to mention the duct option puts them in a class of few. I'd look hard at them if I were in the market for another unit. So far I like what I have been hearing from the members that purchased them. Plus we have fyrebug to bounce questions off of(he seems like a cool cat too!).
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    No they don't! I had an Appalachian wood stove that claimed to heat X amount of square footage. I replaced it after 10 happy years with a pellet stove that claimed to heat the equal amount of sq footage. The pellet stove doesn't even comes close to wood!
  14. DexterDay

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    Not ALL Pellet stoves are created equal. Dont base a stove on sq footage...

    Base it on BTU.
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    Wood stoves and pellet stoves heat in different ways. Wood stove is all power and a pellet stove is more slow/steady. If you replace a wood stove with a pellet stove, Its best to use a pellet stove in the larger range to keep the wood stove feel. Ask me how I know!

    That Englander is a nice unit, But lacks in the convection side. Take a hard look at some of the 55K to 60K BTU units if you want to be happy with pellets. I doubt you'll ever need all that they can produce!
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    That makes sense. but the stove DID give an approx sq footage like the woodstove did. I'm just saying that the wood stove did a better job at heating the sq footage claimed by both mfgers. I look at things a bit differently if I were in the market today.

    I'm also thinking since my stove is taking a vacation, I'd have heat with a wood stove right now...Then again, convection blowers can go on them also.
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    Sizing is important, Don't size just enough. Leave a buffer for the cold weather. 1/2 to 2/3rd's is insurance you'll most likely never need it all. Lots a threads since the cold snap about undersized or just enough stove. I'll say it again go big and be happy. These big units run fine at lower heat ranges(not over worked) And add a stat for the warm parts of the season. All cake baby! ==c
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    picture above no duct
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    I was very skeptical , but in my case with a very hard to heat house this thing is blowing away my woodstove
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    really have nothing to compare too for pellet use , with the wife and little ones home everyday and her being cold all the time (we were recently in Florida and the temps dropped to 68 outside at night and she had to have the heat on in the condo we were staying at ) The day temp out side was around -15c(5f) and night temps every night at -25 c ish (-13f) we used 15 bags in 7 days with those temps. not sure if that is high or low consumption but I am not disappointed . Maintenance wise I would of had to remove ash in my woodstove at least twice during that time frame , I just recleaned it yesterday aft and did the exhaust fan for the second time this year. again not disappointed in the Maintenance either . as far as cost to run so far , not different than my woodstove but much cleaner with no wood to deal with.
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    Hello I've. Been a drolet65 owner for past two years. I must say im sold on this furnace. i was getting propane every month now three times a year for my hot water. I burn under a bag in 24. my glass does get dirty after running a week.i have my air inlet open to bout 2\3. Which sucks in basement air. I burn whatever. Cheap pellets i can find. the stove doesn't care The first year i had no duct. Heated my house plenty on level two an sometimes three. once a week would turn it up to high just to clean burn it. this year i installed duct to two rooms. Now i must shut stove off due to being to hot up stairs. Next buy will be thermostat lol. I tried to upload pic but file to large an don't know how to make it smaller. you can email me would love to show off my ducts ha ha.oh yes my house 1950 ranch with poor insulation with finished basement bout 1700 square
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    Keven,
    for years I turned my nose up at pellet stoves. I have had quite a few real good wood stoves and very much enjoy "working wood" This is my first season burning pellets (a choice I made mostly because of the direct vent option)....and I'm sitting here thinking its a "no brainer" way less "babysttting" and allthough they do require work cleaning and so forth...I would guess its close to 1/2 that of a wood stove. Now I have a boiler so my mess is in my basement...its WAY less then wood...WAY WAY less then wood. Dont get me wrong...I loved burning a wood stove. BUT I will NEVER go back. and as for "working " wood...I will from time to time, but I will sell it. Nothing beats the smell of a wood splitter pulverizing wood. I love that too as well as looking at the pile after an cool afternoon of hard work... As for your question...will they heat as well...."you bet-cha" and a brand do they make different brands??
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    no pic's...it didn't happen::-)
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    The OP got a stove already and posted pics months ago. Look back thru the thread.
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    I read the whole thread and saw the pictures. I just thought I would reiterate un written forum rules in a funny way.
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