St. Croix Pepin or Piazzetta Monia?

StephRL Posted By StephRL, Aug 2, 2017 at 3:55 PM

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Pepin or Monia?

  1. Pepin

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  2. Monia

    1 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. StephRL

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    I have a very cheap offer for a St. Croix Pepin (I'd need to buy piping to go up through ceiling, a control board, and pay for labor) plus an ash vac for $400.

    I have another offer for a used Piazzetta Monia, fully installed, for $3400

    What would you do? I assume that the Monia is way more efficient in the long run, and that I'll be paying at least 2k for the Pepin in total.
     
  2. jzm2cc

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    I'm a huge fan of St Croix stoves. Have a Lancaster now which is the corn version of the Pepin. I vote for the Pepin. Confused why you would have 2 grand total into fixing it if you only pay $400 for it. I'm guessing more like $800 total if you replace a motor and control board.

    These are rock solid stoves typically (once exhaust passages are cleaned out). Good luck on your decision.
     
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  3. Lake Girl

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    There is a following on Hearth for the Piazzetta Monia so you can have input from multiple set-ups (one being a very helpful dealer). I know you can adjust them for most efficient pellet usage/heat performance. Not sure how variable the controls are on the Pepin. What warranty would you get with the Monia? Why was it sold?
    The additional $ would be for the venting set-up.
     
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  4. heat seeker

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    I'm not familiar with either stove, but my St Croix Afton Bay has been excellent for me. I bought it used about 5 years ago, and it's been a gem ever since. The only quirk is making sure the passages and ash traps are kept clean, but that's true of about every stove out there. I vote St Croix!
     
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  5. StephRL

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    There would not be a warranty on the Monia- it is a floor model that has been heating the store.
     
  6. heat seeker

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    IMO opinion, the store should provide some warranty, even on a used unit. If not, I'd go elsewhere.
     
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  7. Lake Girl

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    How old is the Pepin? Any signs of corrosion as that will give you an idea of care? Able to check if auger, fans work?
     

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