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Your Stove "grades"

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Salty, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    I would break it down like this for my stove:

    Heat output A+

    Hopper Size A

    Ease of Cleaning A

    Ash pan B

    Fan Noise C--- a little loud compared to others

    User adjustment D---no way to control burn air

    Dealer A

    Overall very happy-next stove hopefully would be a little quiter and have more user input on burn air. I need to use zero propane and it has paid for itself already in a year in a half.

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  2. Big E

    Big E Member

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    I've been a little reluctant to reply here since I don't own a Caddy...I'm new to this site, yet burned pellets since installing a Breckwell Big E in 2008. One things for sure, I've learned the ins and outs of these things and can diagnose almost any problem I'm having. Even rebuilt my own combustion blower. I would have to give it a solid "B" Good heat, fairly reliable (blowers don't last long)
  3. Snowy Rivers

    Snowy Rivers Minister of Fire

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    I am just gonn have to toss a grenade into the room and let it rip.


    I own two older whitfields and two Quad 1000

    The Quads have been good, great heat, ignitors have lasted fairly well.
    Heat output is awesome
    They are noisy as all get out.

    I prefer a manual lite stove that has zero to less gizmos and magic boxes to go sour.

    Easy use, good heat, easy to clean and service.

    The whitfields have my vote.

    Now for the new stuff.

    I am not sure I can rate these objectively.

    Not into touch pad controls and such stuff.

    My solution

    Buy used, buy cheap, fix it up, make it work, get tons of return on a small investment.


    Just to stir the POT

    Snowy
  4. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    I thought that was Jay's duty here?
  5. Snowy Rivers

    Snowy Rivers Minister of Fire

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    He does not have a corner on that stuff. :0)

    Snowy
  6. Snowy Rivers

    Snowy Rivers Minister of Fire

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    He does not have a corner on that stuff. :cheese:

    Snowy
  7. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I have an agitator in my pot! It stirs itself! :cheese:
  8. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    This one's a waste of time. Darn, I guess I wasted my time! ;-P

    Unless you're a stove tech or you've owned a bunch of stoves, you really can't rate stoves. It's just personal opinions that have been argued ad nauseum.
  9. schoondog

    schoondog Feeling the Heat

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    Gotta grade my 6039 as a A-. Inexpensive at purchase time, has been a workhorse for almost 3 years. Saved me lots of cash, oil guy hates me. Only 2 problems so far that has been

    easily and cheaply repaired. Burned anything I've put in the hopper. Could be a little more efficient, heat exchanger sucks, but bottom line, I'm sitting in front of it right now and its 21 f.

    outside and I'm 74f. Boiler is off. I'm still smiling.

    Schoondog

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