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Posted By dsksta46,
Nov 16, 2017 at 10:49 AM
Looking at the Comfortbilt HP-61 stove are they a worth the money.
Not many people here running any of the Comfort stoves. So not sure. Not much out there anywhere on them. I only know there is some guy in NC that imports and sells them.
That said, Castle Serenity stoves have a cult following here and pretty good reviews. They can also be had for less money. Ace Hardware has them on sale now for $899. So does Tractor Supply.
If you google the top 5 pellet stoves they have them rated # 1.
The comfortbilt use many of the same parts as the Serenity the biggest difference a side from appearance is the comfortbilt use tube heat exchangers and the serenity uses a plate heat exchanger. The only concern I would have with buying a comfortbilt would be is what happens if the distributor goes by the way side.
Thank you all for the help. I kind of had an idea that they were made in china and you do not see a dealer network.
Thanks again for the replies.
Rated #1 but by who? I saw a similar review of the top 5 pellet stoves which seemed biased and more of an ad type review. I've seen the same on propane wall heaters. Where is Harman on this poll? The article is likely written by someone with a vested interest in Comfortbilt. I'm not knocking them but there is no way in hell they are a better pellet stove than a Harman. So why is Harman or other well know and great performing stoves not at the top of this list that have decades of rave reviews and many more owners? Doesn't add up for me.
I looked at these exact stoves years back before I bought my first pellet stove and decided to pass for various reasons. That said if I was to choose between the stated Comfortbilt and a Castle Serenity it would be the Serenity without hesitation. The reason why is Comfortbilt has absolutely no track record. The Serenity is half the price of the Comfortbilt and has excellent reviews and many here to back that up.
The only person I have seen here in 3-4 years has been someone named BronxBoy and I question if he was even legit or another marketing prop.
That said, The only person even importing these is some guy named Glenn in NC and after I inquired and he had one excuse after another as to when, where, how etc; I lost interest. I kept hearing they were held up by customs, the order has been placed but they are back ordered which I felt were just lines of _____. Fill in the blank. Things didn't add up for me at that time.
I hope they are a good stove and become prevalent because the more competition and options the better. Castle Serenity may be made at the same facility over in China or wherever but they have a great review by many and are well known. You would think if the Comfortbilt was a sister stove they would be riding some coat tails better. Just my take, but I'd save myself $700-$800 bucks and buy the tried and true. I'm still interested in a Serenity and I run 2 Harmans.
Rated #1. Now that is saying something. And on Google, that is like money in the bank.
BronxBoy is solid people yo. He's too legit to quit. I can't vouch for Glenn in NC, but I do know Sam from Chicago. Straight shooter that Sam, but won't go out on a limb for Glenn. Hope this is helpful. It certainly helped me.
Thank you for all the information. I ordered a Harman Allure 50 stove last night. $3700.00. I had a Harman P61a for ten years with very very little trouble. It's now in my friends very large work shop running like a champ, so I stayed with a well known product.
I purchased this stove for an elderly couple I look after, meaning I have to go over and fill their hopper at least once a day, twice a day during the colder days, and it does a great job of keeping their 2800 square foot home toasty warm.
This is a serious stove and I’ve had to throttle it down to keep it from keeping the home too warm, i.e they are older in years and are easily chilled, like most elderly people, on the low setting, it still maintains a temp of 84 or warmer.
Glen in South Carolina has been very responsive support wise. I bought this stove way back when he was first introducing them in the states. As a result I got it at a hell of a great discount.
It was a little temperamental getting it setup so it didn’t overheat the house, and if I had one complaint, which is more of a suggestion, is that they could have or should have provided a higher capacity pellet hopper.
I heard something about having created an addon for the hopper, that does allowv it to hold enough to get us by with once a day pellet fill.
I’d like to hear more about that addon, if anyone has incorporated it into their system, and if it’s worth the bother.
I just ordered the hp22 today. Whitfield advantage I died after 25 years of use. Hopefully this is a reliable stove. Lots of really good reviews, but none that are over a season or two.
Think they came into business around 2014. Called them, got a discount, and spoke with Glen the company owner. I had sent them, ComfortBilt an email, and Glen called me first thing this morning.
You have some contact info on this Glenn guy?
Or go to their website: ComfortBilt.net
The discount was only $100 - military service
The phone number is on the top of the home page.
Hp22 is: $1,999