continuing quest for the perfect gas heating stove

k0wtz Posted By k0wtz, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:17 AM

  1. k0wtz

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    I have found a Hearthstonve Tuscon Dx stove set up for propane very reasonably priced direct vent with pipe included!

    Some of the propaganda I have read is it has a heat exchanger maybe even a double heat exchanger but I cant verity that. In a gas stove like this I wonder how they accomplish this?

    I cant find the efficiency rating either

    seller says the computer is out-what can this mean?

    I the gas valve is out and I think it is I am thinking a service man has told them the old story too expensive to fix! I am not afraid to work on it and put in a new gas valve!

    I want a more efficient gas stove may be impossible we just had propane delivered and fill was 180g to heat a 24x26 room at 68d. This for a 2 mo period!

    anyone familiar with this stove first hand user would be great...

    thanks

    bob
     
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    • Steady State Efficiency: 83%
    • EnerGuide Rating: 61%
    I've installed a couple of these, back in the day, but I am not familiar with the DX model.
    Very nice looking. Good heater. Replaceable soapstone or granite tiles in different colors...
    The "Computer" is probably referring to the Pro-Flame Remote Control System...
     
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  3. k0wtz

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    bob I found the manual waaaaay complicated stove with all sorts of eltronic boards in it. not for me and in checking efficiency its the same old story 83% at total burn then when you go to intermentant it drops to 70%. They claim to have 2 heat exchanges in it but I don't know how that can be I don't see anything. I am glad you have all this experience in stoves!!!
     
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    Proflame system is pretty straightforward.
     
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    bob i see the marble panels on it pretty nice looking. I can almost bet the stove controls are shot but i can probably change out the gas valve, eliminate all the doo-dads on it and get it going. the biggest problem i have is the Vermont Castings stove is a real pretty green enamel and i would have to change out my venting system. I also see you posted the energy guide rating I am at around 50 to 55% wouldnt gain all that much. It seems every free standing gas stove I see has a low energy rating.
     
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    I am certainly not an expert in gas appliances but as I understand it, gas wood stoves are going to be less efficient than other types of gas heaters due to the goal of adjusting the flame to resemble a real wood fire . A yellowish flame is not as efficient as a blue flame . That is the sacrifice to have a realistic looking fire . Others may correct me if I'm wrong ..............

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    I think you are correct i dont think they are engineered to be operated on a blue flame either. that is hot very hot I think the logs would disintagrate with temps that high and the stove wont burn correctly without them! i have seen wood stoves mishaped by too much heat in them. Our Vermont Castings stove and its no different than any I have looked into is just a cast iron or steel box with a gas burner in it no heat exchanger in them. A lot of heat goes right up the chimney not matter who the manufacture is or what sort of venting you have they are not efficent. I had a non-vented propane heater it did well but threw lots of moisture in the air plus it always had an odor When you get into the real efficiency ratings about 75% is it and i dont beleive their propaganda either! I have about 500bux in our Vermont Castings stove to heat a 28x24 family room to put in a furnace in that area would have been 2k at least to get in that 95% efficincy stuff maybe!
     

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