Yeah I was happy. Everybody said "u let it go to cheap if it sold in 20hrs!" This is not the best time of year to sell stoves. If I could make a few bucks and hustle it I am happy. If I would have held onto it and listed it in the fall, I may have been able to get close to $2k. Ill watch for another locally between now and then and try it again. We have a dealer in our area that have been in businees since probably the 70's and they have sold Harman pellet since they came out I think, so there are alot of Harmans in our area. The shop I work for is close by also and have been selling them since about 2001. I am in Harman country .Not bad, good for a weeks worth of groceries. Your wife should be happy.
That set up pictured is a service mans dream . Back of the stove wide open and in a well it room. Typically the stove sits in the most dimly lit corner of the room!My pellet stove story...my parents and I bought a Harman PelletPro 2 in 1989. I bought a place in the mountains, brought it out and installed it in my place as propane is pretty pricey and it was great supplemental heat and easy to maintain/clean. I came across a P61-2 at a great price and my neighbor wanted my PP-2 so I sold it to him. It’s in my nature to learn as much as possible about the nature of the mechanics of any and all things I use and I came across this forum. In the past year I’ve refurbished a P61-2 and an Advance 2. The P61-2 was installed next door as the wood burning stove they had was unable to keep up with their heating demands, so I’ve been helping them with what they need to do to keep it running, the PP2 is across the street and something, helping keep that one running as well...the Adavance2 will be going into another friends place in the spring. Being a millwright by trade, Harman is the only real exposure I’ve had and seem very easy to maintain and repair when necessary. Attached are a few photos of the install next door. Love the simple mechanics of Pelletstove’s in general. And enjoy giving back all that I’ve leaned so far.
It won't be long before propane and fuel oil prices will be back to those levels, along with NG under this new administration. I fully expect diesel to top 4 a gallon by summer and heating oil to be close behind and NG is going to go way up with the new administration's ban of fracking. Fracking is what produces the NG.I remember propane hit $4.00/gal. Fuel oil thru the roof.
I bought a PC45! I did have to weld the auger tube back shut. A real good cleaning, and it's doing a great job compared to my Magnum 3500 which now resides in my shop burning corn. I never got the 45 to burn corn, but our house is much warmer than ever on about 2 bags of pellets a day.I have 14+ yrs of ownership and service tech experience of with Harman and St. Croix. A little service experience with Quad Mt Vernon AE and non with the Box store stoves.
Being a service guy all my life ( inground pools summer, stoves in the winter) I have learned that the majority of people just want the output and benefit of a particular item with the least amount of manual input. Most of us on here enjoy tinkering with stuff. generally people dont. I get calls that someones pump is not running right or the pool heater wont start. First question, is the water level low and sucking air? You would not believe how many times I get the "oh Yeah"! Add a couple inches of water and all will be good. And alot of times this is coming from a customer that has had a pool for many years! Or at opening they walk out and ask for a quit lesson on how to backwash filter, A customer that has had this pool and filter for 20 yrs!
So, with that being said, there are a large portion of the population that is willing to spend the extra money on a Harman that you just turn the knob and set the temp. And they can have a live fire and stay warm. They will run for weeks with nearly no attention and last many years.
The other benefit for the owner and me as a service tech is the commonality of parts across the Harman line from 2004 til now. All take the same Comb Blower motor, Circuit board, Auger, A couple aug motor varations, different flame guides. 3 dist. blower variations ect. With that being said I can roll up to a call in a Honda CR-V and have the correct parts in stock on the truck to have the stove back up and running in approx. a hour. Parts availability are good also. The only real dispensable part in the fire box is the flame guide which last many years and are less than $30 to replace, The new TC stoves have there own set of common parts.
The other benefit is parts cost is not bad. If the stove controls are acting up you can replace the board and ESP for $300. All the brains and sensors that control the unit. The motors are not excessive either. Burnpot typically last many many years. The only time you typically run into high dollar repairs is if the auger tube wears thru or you have a burn back and feeder needs replaced.
We have rebuild a few Harmans this year, basically new motors and controls, painted them up and went all thru it. Brings it back to like new for 1/2 the money or less. 15-17 yr old units. I believe the stove body will last a lifetime with a little care.
The PC45 was a turd from the beginning in my opinion. We have brought a couple old ones in this year and converted them to P61A's.
I like the St Croix as a corn burner