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Review of Cheap Charlie|Danson --- 1cc2, pellet shop heater -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets
Installation Type: Pellet/Corn - new Pellet Vent Setup
Date Reviewed: 2008-01-27 00:54:00

Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰

Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 256 | House Size (Sq feet): 3000
Bought in 2007 , Price Paid: $1650.oo
Location : waterbury, ct 6701, usa
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - danson's group inc.

Likes: This pellet stove was not expensive & it fills my needs. It is rated 38,200 btu /hr to 43,850 btu/hr & so is a little larger in heating capacity than many of the residential pellet stoves one finds, at least at first look see. I bought a so called "shop heater" because it was less expensive per btu output & had slightly more btu's /hr than the residential models. So cheaper with more btu's. Its not a pretty as a residential model but had a large glass viewing door that makes it look good in my living room. I enjoy watching the flames. The stove gives good heat. the manual primary air adjustment, while a pain learning to set it at first, once you get used to it allows you to instantly fine tune the stove as required & no doubt will save several service calls as compaired to factory pre set
computer controled primary air adjusters,found on more expensive stoves. The 80 lb hopper allows 2 days of non stop burning, 24/2 or 4 to 7 days of occasional spot heating. The stove has auto-ignite standard, as well as a
available by factory order, wall mount thermostat kit as extra cost option ($140.oo) which can be opperated in either on/off or high feed /low feed mode.
The thermostat would be important to have for overnite opperation. I don't have the thermostat as I rely on a 10 hr overnite burn in my wood stove, but when it gets really cold out, I need to run both the wood & pellet stove at the same time, until I chase the chill out of the house.
I bought the pellet stove for those times i come home just to beat to spend an hour laying a fire in the wood stove. I just push the on button & select low feed rate & go to bed & let the pellet stove run all nite. This costs me $2.50 or
1/2 bag of pellets for 12 hrs.

Dislikes: The fan motors are a bit noisy. Not so noisy that you can't stand it, but noisy enough so that you know the pellet stove is on & need to turn up the tv volume a bit to overcome it. You can still do paperwork in the room, the fans dont drive you nuts; but then , i am a bit hard of hearing. Some one with sensitive ears might find the noise too disturbing, so check out the running noise before you buy it to see if the sound level is acceptable for your stove's location. A residential model might have quieter motors but prehaps for more money.

Comments: I dislike having to clean out the fire grill and ash trap underneath it as well as the ash bin on the bottom of the stove every 2 or 3 days . Actually the days depend on the amount of burning you do, the clean out must occur every 1.5 to 2 bags of pellets burned to keep the stove opperating properly. At about the same time I also have to clean up the black window with windex (cold window, cold stove for clean outs) I use a wet/dry shop vac with corrigated paper filter then foam filter then paper bag filter over it all & 3/4 gal of water in the canester to catch ashes.

Overall, I like my pellet stove, but I probably could have bought a better one, with less work involved on my part, for $600.oo or $800.oo more.I expect I will keep it for at least 6 or 8 more years. All in all, not a bad first purchase.

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004