Can I go wrong with either stove?

altabugs Posted By altabugs, Dec 7, 2007 at 2:50 AM

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  1. altabugs

    New Member 2.

    Nov 26, 2007
    Altamont, NY
    Hey everyone,

    I'd like some opinions on Corn and/or dual fuel stoves that we seem to have narrowed down ... I believe we'll buy either
    the St. Croix (Lancaster or Auburn Model - Corn Stove), or,
    the Magnum Countryside.

    Pros & cons, as I see them, follow. Other considerations and opinions are welcome! Also, if there are other corn or dual-fuel stoves out there that you think I should look at (even just to confuse my decision again), then let me know. I looked in the "Rate Your Stove" section of this site and didn't see reviews on any of the Magnum nor St. Croix stoves, at all. Perhaps I missed something? Anyway, thanks in advance.

    Magnum Countryside
    Pros: Dual Fuel on the go, as is, plus "future Biomass" fuel option. Stir Auger in burn pot, eliminating daily "Clinker" cleanout (and lower overall daily/weekly maintenance). Approx. 56K BTU, max output. Non-proprietary fan & auger motors (common item replacements available inexpensively at Graingers, etc.). . .

    Cons: $2700 - $3000 incl. sales tax. Larger unit/larger footprint. OK looking but not as aesthetically pleasing as St. Croix stoves. Shorter warranty (1 year).

    St. Croix Lancaster or Auburn
    Pros: Nicer looking stove overall, smaller footprint. Superior warranty (2 years). They say it combusts corn more efficiently than other stoves (?). Price: Lancaster can be had, with rebate, for $2200 including sales tax.

    Cons: A little less heat ... at 40K max BTU output. Parts may be more "proprietary" and therefore more expensive.

    I'm probably not going to go wrong with either stove, but I guess I'm looking for some experiences or other info about either line of stoves ... ease of use, efficiency of operation, lower daily maintenance in operation, other considerations, etc. Thanks.

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Sep 12, 2007
    You might want to look at the Mt Vernon AE by Quadrafire.
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