Review of Breckwell --- P2000i -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood Pellets
Installation Type: Pellet/Corn - into existing Chimney/Fireplace
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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 3000
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: 2800
Location : Portland, CT 6480,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - more than stoves
It has not been that cold yet to give difinitve statement, though its been in the mid to lower 30s. I was hoping to supplement my oil heat with this stove. Have not turned on the furnace as the stove has been able to maintain a 69-70 degree temp throughout, this surprised me though it partially has to do with the layout of the house. A two story with high ceilings with fans. I also placed a small table fan to drive the warm second floor air into the master bedroom on the opposite side house of the stove. We keep the stove on 1 or 2, as Breckwell has simplified the settings for the feed and fan. The fan can be overridden, but not needed. Heat output at 2 is sufficient for overnight to keep the house at a 35 degree difference from the outside when its 30 or above. We tried setting 3 though it actually got too warm. Breckwell is simple in design and as easy as pushing the on button. The fan is fairly quiet that watching TV is not a problem. Cleaning is a snap as the burn pot and its holder come out easily. The unit cools down quickly enough for cleaning. Take a vac to it and some windex and the 7 minute cleaning is done. I was surprised that the stove could heat 3000 sq ft as that was unexpected and the simplistic design is great. The real test is in Jan. when the temp gets in the single digit.
The feed can be inconsistent, though don't know if it is because of the pellets. This causes the flame to grow and shrink though the flame never went out and the heat output was not compromised. The bin entrance for the pellets is a little narrow, but so are all other stoves too.
So far the stove has performed better than expected. The simplistic design is akin to a point and shoot camera as I notice the stove will adjust the fan if the flame gets too large due to a backed up feed, then reduce it once the feed is consistent. There is intelligence built into the system and the logic. We had this stove just for a few months so the real test is over time, though its been great to this point.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004