Ya once we need more constant heat I'll bump up the thermostat for the main heat. I generally fire the stove around now in the mornings, don't need to heat the upstairs bedrooms that directly yet with the ladies sleeping up there they would both be cooked out ( big cast iron radiators up there). I'm an early riser, like 4 am and it was not cold down here but not warm either. The stove feels nice for 3-4 hours in the morning. It's 72f down here now.Once when it got down to 30f. Back to furnace for now (Heat Pump). Cheaper than Pellets
We are just the opposite. I run the biomass stove when it gets cold as in below freezing for a long period and the stove just supplements the central furnace because propane (for me) is a lot cheaper than pellets and corn even though my corn is relatively cheap (grown on my own land and harvested with my equipment, but, I still have to dry it down below 12% or I cannot tank it, it would mold and turn to stinky concrete in the grain tank. I use propane 'dryer gas' to dry it down. Dryer gas is tax exempt. I keep maybe 1/10th of what I harvest, the rest goes to Andersons and what they do with it, I have no idea. They might be sending it to China for all I know.Ya once we need more constant heat I'll bump up the thermostat for the main heat. I generally fire the stove around now in the mornings, don't need to heat the upstairs bedrooms that directly yet with the ladies sleeping up there they would both be cooked out ( big cast iron radiators up there). I'm an early riser, like 4 am and it was not cold down here but not warm either. The stove feels nice for 3-4 hours in the morning. It's 72f down here now.
Soon enough the smell of popcorn will be filling the morning air here at our place. I do like the aroma of roasting field corn.Dumped the first bag of pellets in the P61A this AM.
61 degrees in the kitchen was not liked by The Princess.
Two hours later, we're at 67 & climbing...
Best of luck with your surgery, prayers sent...I fired mine up for about 20 minutes on 9/12 just to make sure there were no issues. All was good. Since I was headed out for another considerable surgery, not sure what I’d be able to accomplish when I got back. My dad is back up there now.
Same for me. I run my oil furnace for an hour in the morning. I work nights so no need for heat while I’m sleeping during the day. By supper time, the house may need a little heat, but not enough to justify firing up the stove. Yet. I’m glad I cleaned the stove in the spring so it is ready to go.Havent fired up the P61A yet but did run the oil firnace overnite this weekend. It will be soon enough burning the pellets. Usually starts mid October but could be sooner here in Eastern Pa.
Ya the biggest thing I've found that could cause a misfiring is to make sure the hatch under the burn pot is cleaned out of ash. If that builds up you could get lazy starts or a no start. Mine fired right off this year too. All I did is shut it off in the spring and leave the main door cracked open an inch or so so condensation wouldn't build up inside.. So to fire up I cleaned under the burn pot, it fired right up on the pellets left in the hopper from last season. A day later I gave a partial clean and dumped the ash pan which was pretty full. Then it warmed up Wed or so, been off ever since.WOW. I got home from 2 weeks at the beach late yesterday; before I left, had turned off the A/C, it was that warm at the time. Came home to 69F in the house, did not turn on the boiler, turned on the Accentra. I last turned it off in May, NOT CLEANED, 1/4-full hopper. Fired right up. Did I mention WOW? Sometimes I wonder why this stove is so cantankerous, sometimes I marvel at its resilience.