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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by blaster668, Sep 17, 2010.

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  1. joecool85

    joecool85 Minister of Fire

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    The window/door thing isn't a problem because when you install it in a window it renders the window useless in terms of being able to open it. Effectively it removes the window from the equation.

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  2. joe91898

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    1st season with this stove coming to an end. I have no complaints. I have even moved the unit from a basement window to a 1st floor window. Easy to move and has performed excellent for me.
  3. tjnamtiw

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    Good to know. Now if the price will just come down a few hundred!
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    Jaugust124 Feeling the Heat

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  5. tjnamtiw

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    Yea, they've been trying to sell them all winter. I kept giving them offers from $600 up to $800 and finally they told me I couldn't bid anymore. :)

    Screw them.
  6. joe91898

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    When I bought mine I put a best offer of 900 and it was accepted. For me it was worth it.
  7. joecool85

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    They might be more apt to take a bid like that now that it is out of the heating season.
  8. tjnamtiw

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    Except I'm locked out of their bidding system for being 'too aggressive'. :)
  9. joecool85

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    Bah, that's silly. Oh well.
  10. tjnamtiw

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    Silly? Yes. True. Yes. If I place a bid, any bid, it says that I can no longer bid on the item!
  11. MishMouse

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    Have your spouse do the bidding for you.
  12. tjnamtiw

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    Yea, there are ways around it but really I don't think I could talk the BOSS into it now. Things are tight like everywhere. Actually looking at the basement room as a 'survival' room when the lights go out! Survival food supply, cook stove (hence no wall unit needed), small solar system for essentials, etc. ESPECIALLY if the Great Pretender gets reelected!!!!!!!
  13. DexterDay

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    A few months ago this stove shop had them sale priced for $799. I had it posted on page 8 of this thread. Seemed like they would get a little cheaper as time went on. For that kind of money, $1,000 will almost buy you a Heatilator PS-35. Still need pipe and hearth. And it kind of defeats the whole "Doesn't take up space" thing. I still would go for a cheaper freestanding stove. IMO. Until they reach about $499, then I would be interested. Too much money, for to little stove. Neat idea though. I will give them that much. Innovation at its best.... Err, um, I think.

    http://nicholsstores.com/Stove_ctr/Specials/pellet_stove_specials.htm
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  15. Small Fry

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    I read all of your posts before buying, and now I have had the US Stove eco-aire window mount stove for a few weeks.
    -- Easy install, it is very stable with the brackets provided.
    -- I noticed that the red caulking around the external vent was not totally sealing the joint, so I bought some high-temp valve gasket sealant at the auto store and put a dab on there.
    -- Easy start-up, nice heat.
    -- Smells a bit but I think it is still burning off the coatings or whatever residue is on there. I got a CO detector and it's reading zero. (I know CO does not smell, but I wondered if some exhaust air was getting in, expecially after having seen that poor sealant job on the outside.)
    -- Fan is a bit noisy, but it will circulate the heat nicely to reach all of my 700 sq ft apartment. I have a pretty open format, only the bathroom and utility room have doors.

    Here is my COMPLAINT-- When the hopper is about 1/2 empty, the pellets get stuck and do not feed. I can get a few more down by rapping on the unit, but not much. when it runs out, the stove blinks alternating red & green lights and shuts down. I am surprised that only one other user mentioned this problem. The folks who posted an all-positive experience, here and elsewhere... how is it that they did not experience this??
  16. DexterDay

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    I remeber reading where they/he had problems with pellets feeding. Even larger freestanding stoves have this problem sometime. That would be my biggest issue with this unit. The small hopper. Even if they fed down the hopper till it was empty, you would still have to babysit this unit at least twice a day (for filling) I have an 80 lb hopper on my Quad and a 60 lb on my Englander and I wish they were both bigger.

    Glad to read some positive responses about this unit. Still dont think I would buy one. Maybe if the made a 2nd generation, or even better, if Harman/Quad/Heatilator, St. Criox, Enviro, Etc, made one.

    Been awhile since someone commented on this thread. I wonder how many users there will be this yr? I believe you make up the 3rd person with one on here. This thread consisted of 2 users. One who liked his and had pretty good luck and the other who had not so good luck.
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    I used to drive and operate a stone-slinger. They have a vibrator that rocks, shakes and rolls the truck to get every last bit of stone out of the belly of the truck. Too bad these stove designers couldn't work something like this into a stove's hopper as an option. They could make it relatively quiet....stoves are noisy anyway. Just a thought.
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    Smallfry,
    Interesting comments. Keep posting your about your experiences with this unit. I am very interested to hear how it will perform come mid-winter and any other quirks you may come across.
    Good luck!
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    dry lube the hopper with graphite or something similiar?
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    I've sprayed the hopper with silicone spray lubricant and it helped a little. It sounds like this is a pretty common problem on stoves the have a shallow hopper like this stove and some of the fireplace inserts. Really this stove is nothing more than a small zero clearance fireplace insert that comes with the stuff to mount it in a window.
  21. Small Fry

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    Well now that we've had a cold snap, I have more news on my eco-aire window mount.

    I filled hopper chock full one morning and set it to low (this is not a thermostat-controlled stove), and it ran for almost 12 hours. I did it during the day so I could monitor any issues. There were none. It finally went out only because of "bridged" pellets (stuck up high in the hopper, not rolling down to the auger). I am going to try silicone spray, just have not gotten to it yet. I guess the stove would have run another 4 hours if all the pellets had fed down. I suspect, if it was running on colder temps, it would have used more pellets for the same time period. Next I want to find out how long it will run on the higher settings.

    I have occasionally seen the flame go out, I think this only happens when on low. Usually it restarts itself, but once in a while it can't. Most of my ash stays in the burn chamber, it doesn't fall down to the ash collector much, and I think sometimes ash blocks the igniter. So then I just turn off the stove and empty the ash, which is no big deal, UNLESS there is smoke in there due to not having a proper shutdown with burnoff & venting. This would not bother some folks, but I have respiratory issues, so I try to avoid smoke.

    If I start to open the burn chamber door and find smoke (also at this point there will usually be some smoke in the hopper), I close it quickly and press the start button to let the fan run for a second or two, then press "off" as soon as I hear pellets start to drop. This is enough to reduce the smoke for a few seconds while I quickly take the burn pot, close the door, and head outside.

    One thing I don't like: This stove does not seem to be smart enough to turn itself off if it runs out of pellets or fails to restart. So, although the heat circulation fan will stop, the fan that supplies the burn chamber continues to do its thing. Wasting electricity and circulating air that the stove is now cooling off, because it does get quite cold from the outside air contact.

    I am burning Inferno pellets. Hope to try another kind to compare soon.

    I have not yet felt comfortable running this stove while I am gone, but I think I will get to that point. I did run it overnight last night. I think this unit will be fine for me, but I do have a propane direct-vent heater as backup. Gotta get plastic on these old windows soon, though!
  22. ByCo

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    Inferno's seem to have a bit of a bad reputation on this board, if they are half as bad as the Indek pellets that I got a couple of bags of last winter they are probably 99% of your problem. The pellets just wouldn't burn fast enough to keep up with the feed rate, even at the lowest setting, after just a couple of hours the burn pot would be plugged up with half burnt, smoldering pellets.

    I'm guessing that if you switch to a better pellet both you and the stove will be much happier.
  23. Small Fry

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    I will try some other pellets soon.

    Here's what's on my mind now... it has started making a rhythmic creaking sound, (like a low-pitched version of a squeak) sometimes, I assume it is the auger. It becomes more audible when there are no pellets in the chute. I wonder if I should be looking into lubricating it or anything? It has only been in use for a few weeks. I have not opened it up for any reason yet, and don't know if I will be able to easily see where to lube.
  24. Panhandler

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    You could try putting some powered graphite into the bottom of the hopper to lube the auger.
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    Happened to be at Lowes yesterday and saw these units available for special order. Price was $1600.
    Just checked the website and nothing on there that I could find. Seems a bit pricey to me.
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