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Who else has the Magnum Countryside 3500 in 2022? I've had the Magnum Countryside for 14 years now. Mostly what I'm finding on forums today are old postings from years ago with questions and few answers. I was hoping to learn more from those who have and are using this stove today in 2022, but what I'm learning is that this stove is yesterdays old news and I seem to be the last one enjoying it. For me, simple not complicated is nice. 😁
Here's my share for anyone else out there who finds parts or all of this helpful:
I have both the cast iron and the stainless steel Agitator pot, I've been using the stainless steel pot without the agitator in the stove for the last 4 years and it's been working great burning pellets, corn and a pellet/corn mix no problem.
If you have a wall thermostat connected to your pellet stove or the option to connect one: the first few years I ran my stove manually, I wasted through a lot of pellets, 4 years later I connected a wall thermostat and maintained a comfortable heat 68-70° at half the pellets burn of the year before (burning a ¼ to ⅓ bag of pellets per 12 hours) 68-70° inside, outside temperature 20°F. Also, after many years I replaced the main door and ash pan door gaskets, cleaned and unclogged holes in the burn pot, damper on my stove is ¼ inch open, I have a strong flame, not overly strong to blow hot pellets out of the pot, through the whole day the burn pot is a glowing yellow/orange coal bed with a healthy flame on top on any setting (just like a red hot simmering fire pit). My stove first was thoroughly cleaned from the air intake to the exhaust out and and now all gaskets tight. Last year I replaced both the exhaust fan and room blower motors (big difference). Exhaust motor is a newer upgraded motor with thicker, taller blades (the old one, blades were light weight and would bend out of shape easily from the heat), the room blower motor I stepped it up to a little higher CFM and both motors are much quieter. After replacing the door and ash drawer gaskets the door glass is much cleaner and much easier to clean.
Yes, you can burn less pellets, get more heat and have much more efficient pellet burn. Now, when cleaning out the burn pot the ash is a very fine light gray to white powdery ash. With a wall thermostat the pellet stove burns on #1 most of the time, when the thermostat calls for heat it switches the stove to #3 (#1 is a good even flame about 4-6" on top of the burn pot, #3 is a good full fire from the burn pot to the top of the inside stove. I miss burning straight dried corn instead of pellets, it's very clean, burn a lot less dried corn and get a higher heat output than when burning pellets, but the last few years it's been harder to find dry corn in my area. The stove is most of the time running on #1 through the wall thermostat with the stove set on #3 and thermostat set at 68-70°. I have a 60" wide tri-blade ceiling fan overhead in the pellet stove room running on it's lowest level (dead slow), this gently moves the warm air through the open doorways giving an even temperature throughout the house.
🔥 My stove burn pot lighting steps: a little different from the manual, but it works very well: a old wash cloth cut 3"x6" (give or take) dropped in the bottom of the burn pot, 5 cubes of charcoal, ½ cup of pellets, 3 to 4 light squirts of 90% rubbing alcohol over the top, turn stove on #3, light stove, close door, done.
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