Breckwell Woes

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Minister of Fire
Nov 30, 2005
South Shore MA
Michele said:
We bought a Breckwell P2000 insert two winters ago
and have been very disatisfied with it. When we bought it we were told not to run it on level 3 or higher
for longer than an hour at a time.
Hi Michele and welcome to the forum.
Do you have the stove manual?
Sounds like someone gave you some wrong
I just had a look at the manual online
for a 2005 Breckwell P2000i, and it
cautions not to use the #5 setting for more
than one or two hours
, not the #3.
(see page 14 of the pdf online manual)

If you don't have a manual, you can download
the right one for your stove in PDF format from
their web site

Oh, and btw, I also happen to be a Michele with one L.


Seasoned Moderator
Nov 17, 2005
Western Mass.
In order to get heat from Pellets, you have to burn a bunch of them (same with wood, obviously) a low setting you simply are not burning enough pellets in order to produce the BTU's that you need. How many Pellets are you going through in a 24 hour period?

In the cold weather, if you are not burning at least 3 lbs per hour (2 bags in 24 hours), then you are not running at a level that can do much.
I think the folks at Breckwell Tell you not to run the stove Hot for a long time to protect there butt if you stove melts down and you call for warantee.

I can see any stove company doing that.


Apr 14, 2006
I have the same stove. I'm been running it at three since last night--70 degrees on most of the ground floor of my 3-story poorly insulated Victorian. At 4, I'd be in shorts and a t-shirt. I can confirm the manual says only 5 should be run for only an hour. So burn away at 3 or 4. I think the people who sold you the stove didn't read the manual.


New Member
Dec 7, 2007
Thank you for all the replies. We've been running the stove at 3 all yesterday and most of today and we've finally reached a nice warm 71 degrees. I think we're going to keep her!
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