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Review of Breckwell --- SPC50 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2021-02-14 03:39:57

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): 560 | House Size (Sq feet): 2600
Bought in 2017 , Price Paid: 2500
Location : SALLISAW, OKLAHOMA 74955, USA
Purchased from: Mail Order/Internet Retailer - Breckwell

Likes: Pretty

Dislikes: This stove is inherently dangerous. Do not buy it. If you have one never leave it burning unattended. Do not trust it.

Comments: I know many have had this stove for some time and like it. I wanted to be one of them but I am not.

I bought the Breckwell SPC50. It was a dreadful waste of money.

Do not buy this stove and make the same mistake I did. This stove is inherently dangerous and could burn your house down. If power goes off or the auger does not feed for any reason the fire will burn back through the feed tube and catch the pellet hopper on fire. The best thing that can happen is a lot of smoke damage. The worst is that it can burn your house down and maybe even kill you or your loved ones.

I have never been able to get the feed motor securely attached to the auger. It takes a huge amount of torque to push pellets through the feed tube and UP into the burn pot. More torque than the set screw can successfully handle. If the feed motor becomes uncoupled from the auger, and it has many times with my stove, the fire will burn back through the feed tube and into the pellet hopper. None of the safety devices described in the owner manual will work at that point. It is the same as being without power.

If you have one of these stoves it is only a matter of time before the problems I have noted will take place. Never leave this stove unattended if you value your home or your life. None of the safety devices are fail-safe meaning that they don't work at all without human intervention in failures similar to the ones I have described; either a power failure or the motor decoupling from the auger shaft.

Please don't blow this off by considering that others have used this stove successfully. Their time for failure is just a matter of time. And don't blow my problems off to poor pellets. I have only used premium Oak pellets with very low dust content. The root of the problem is that it takes too much torque to push pellets up into the burn pot. The root problem is aggravated by the weak design of the coupling of motor to auger shaft and made downright dangerous by the failure to create a design that is fail-safe.

By the way, this stove was not UL approved and I suspect that is for a good reason. I did not know that before I bought it. My insurance agent frowned when he found out about that so the stove it out of the house.

I wrote Breckwell and asked for my money back but instead they blew me off but offered a wood stove from their lineup. I wouldn't have one after this one.

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