poll: do you use stove temp or room temp

Eeps24 Posted By Eeps24, Feb 25, 2018 at 6:51 PM

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which temp do you use?

  1. stove temp

    18.2%
  2. room temp

    75.8%
  3. I dont know

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Both modes

    3.0%
  5. Other

    3.0%
  1. Eeps24

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    Just wanted to get a sense of what everyone uses. I used to run room temp but switched to stove temp. Call me crazy but I think stove temp is more efficient. Provides a nice steady constant burn and I think my pellets last longer. Down side is that my burnpot fills up with a lot ash. At night when I shut it down, I have a bunch of build up.

    What does everyone else use for their pellet stove/insert?

    edit...... I added two more choices as I see people use other options.
     
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  2. Tonyray

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    you will get a variety....many ,myself included feel that stove or constant burns thru pellets faster, mainly since there is no down time or periods of not feeding any pellets as in room mode...pure physics there but, let others chime in..
     
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  3. alternativeheat

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    I didn't vote in your poll because I use both modes at different times of year for different purposes. how many pellets a Harman system uses in Room Temp mode is directly related to house conditions and insulation and the weather. Using Stove Temp or the now so called Constant Burn mode enables one to set a burn situation up that gives a reliable outcome ( repeatable) of X number of bags in 24 hours but the house temp will fluctuate with the weather unless a second heat source is used as well..

    I burn 24/7 all season long and do not shut down the stove at night unless it's in Room Temp mode, it's warm out and the stove shuts itself down, which in my house is only in shoulder season that happens.. Not sure why anyone shuts their stove down at night but that's their own business.. I use my stove to heat the house, the house needs heat day and night.
     
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  4. johneh

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    My old stove has non of that fancy stuff
    If you are cold turn it up ------- if you are to
    warm turn it down . I am my own thermostat
     
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  5. tlc1976

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    For the most part, my room temp (= central house temp) is about 5 degrees cooler than the stove temp reading, and each heat range changes the room temp by 3 degrees. So when running steady and maintaining temperature, that's what I go by. It's usually more convenient to see the stove LED display in the dark than the analog room thermostat. And when I run the stove on thermostat, I have to by the stove temp anyway.

    It's different when warming up the house after the stove being off all day, or if the sun comes out and shines direct on the stove temp thermistor.

    I shoot for the house to be 70 so the stove to be 75. If people complain it's cold in here, I say look at the stove, it's warm enough, now go put some clothes on. Sometimes it's easier living with people who have no understanding of how things work. Sometimes.
     
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  6. Oregun

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    I use Room Temp exclusively in fact I have never even tried stove temp mode.
     
  7. TonyVideo

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    I also didn't vote because I use both. Room temp in the shoulder season. Stove mode when using 24/7 in the dead of winter. I have to use my gas heat slightly to keep my pipes from freezing so I set the stove in constant burn or stove mode slightly below its ability to keep up to allow my furnace to kick on periodically for a bit.
     
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  8. lessoil

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    We have never used Stove Temp mode.
    But, I do run the stove in Room/Auto if the outside temp is maybe above 30.
    As it gets colder outside the Auto/Man switch goes to Manual. This keeps a
    small flame going. Stove will ramp up pellet feed if rooms temp drops.
    After rooms warms up, back to the small fire.
    Stove never shuts down which we like when it is real cold.

    If house gets too warm, switch goes back to Auto.

    Just my 2 cents!

    Love the stove! Burning since 2008.
     
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  9. P51mustang

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    Same here....I've never operated my P61A in any mode other than Room Temp. Almost exclusively in manual mode as well.
     
  10. Tonyray

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    Room temp auto mode here also.
    my only problem with room/manual is that for long periods of time, the dist blower goes off and all the heat just goes out the exhaust.
     
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  11. bogieb

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    I use each under different circumstances. The P43 is on a thermostat so is usually in room temp. The basement stove is usually in room temp too. But, when it gets super cold out, especially if the wind is howling, I reserve the right to change one, or both stoves to stove temp.
     
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  12. Tonyray

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    it is your god given right.. yes it is....:cool:
     
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  13. Harman Fifty Two i

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    I do pretty much the same as you do. When it’s really cold say 0-20 outside even if you keep it in Auto more than likely the stove won’t go out completely before it calls for heat again.
    Obviously everyone’s house layout, insulation and many other variables come into play, but in my house it seems that I save way more pellets in room temp then i do in stove mode.
     
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  14. batchman

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    Couldn't vote in the poll, because I just use "on" (manual mode). My stove is a basement dweller, used as a "baseline" heat source.

    If it's below 40, I run the stove for the next 12 or 24 hours,(will that be 1 lump, or 2?).

    If it is, or will be, above 40, I don't run the stove, Keeping a 20-30degF differential is pretty easy on the oil furnace.

    HTH,
    - Jeff
     
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  15. Eeps24

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    I am confused, are you saying starting the stove in manual keeps the flame going? I thought manual was for only starting the stove manually with starter gel.
     
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  16. jim2074

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    You can start the stove in auto and then flip switch to manual and the stove will run constantly.
     
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  17. UpStateNY

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    Room temp was my vote. I. Have the long heat sensor that came with the Hartman worked best hanging on the wall in back of the stove on left side. Its actually next to wall. When it’s real cold out, it adds a degree which helps keep other rooms warm.
     
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  18. Tonyray

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    good spot...
    mine and a few others here have it taped to the back of the hopper and just peaking out at the top a couple inches..
     
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