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Old 12-06-2007, 11:23 AM
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Default I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

I've had a Lennox/Whitfield pellet stove in my basement/garae now for about four years. It's been a great stove and did a very good job considering it was only 36K BTU/Hour unit. I thought it was too fancy to be in a garage I had all the gold trim on it and it was a bay window model. I sold it and bought a Breckwell Big E which is a more utilitarian type of no-frills job. I picked the Breckwell up on ebay for $1400.00 shipped (my local dealer wants $1699.00 plus sales tax). The unit arrived safely from the middle of the country in two days via Old Dominion curb side delivery (thank the lord for a tractor with a front end loader, it weighs in at 300+ lbs). I also ordered a radio frequency wireless remote for the new stove, it's on back order and should be shipping soon.

So the new stove is listed at 55-60K BTU and up to 2200 square feet. I have been running it on heat setting #3 (it goes to #5) for the past few days and it's keeping the entire house so much warmer than the last stove and it doesn't seem to be using any more fuel to do so. About a bag a day on #3.

It went down to 13 degrees last night, I have three garage doors in my garage all are insulated Wayne Dalton's but still, the garage was 70 degrees all night on setting #3! I ran the thing on setting #5 for 10-15 minutes and it was 80 degrees, I turned it back down!

So if any of you are looking at buying a wood pellet stove, check out the Breckwell's, they are auto ignight stoves so when coupled with a thermostat (either thier own RF wireless or a regular 100-200 Millivolt Honeywell) they will shut off at the cutoff temp and turn back on when the temp falls.



That is the version I went with, it's the utility furnace version, no shiny frilly stuff on this one.. You can get the home heater version with nickel or gold trim, removable ash pan etc.. For the garage, not needed or wanted.

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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

*edit* I checked the min/max on my outdoor thermo, it went to 11 last night... Ick!
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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

I just picked up a ton of pellet's tonight from Home Depot fresh off the back of the semi. Nature's Heat brand, low ash (1%) hardwood $180.00 a ton...

$3.60 a day (24 Hours) to keep the entire basement and most of the house cozy!


What would the fuel consumption be at 60K BTU/Hour for an efficient oil furnace?
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:20 PM
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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

I love my Enviro Fire. Its a 45K BTU until. $180.00 a ton, thats a pretty good price
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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

Enviro makes a nice stove! The local dealer carries Breckwell, Lennox and Enviro. I almost bought an Enviro when I got my Lennox I liked the way the bay window was on my Lennox (that was the ONLY deciding factor and they were both top notch stoves). The Lennox held up great, I had to replace the automatic ignighter before I sold it, at a cost of $120.00 but 3-4 years out of an ignighter isn't bad. The new Breckwell has a much lower cost ignighter, $80 is retail, found them on eBay as low as $50.00

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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

How do you guy's run your pellet stoves if the power goes out, assuming you don't have a gen? Do you hook up an inverter to a battery to keep the aughur running? What's the power draw of the unit? I was a wood stove guy since I was a kid up till a year ago when I replaced my roof and took out the metalbestos pipe. Now I'm looking at either gas or pellets for a replacement. I know gas can be run without power, which to me is a big plus.
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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

I have one of those small backup inverters with a built in in 12 volt. I will run the stove for 5 hours
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Keith,

This is what Brekwell has to say on the subject:

Here at Breckwell we do not offer a battery back up or recommend a particular brand. However, there are several companies that manufacture battery back-up systems that will work with the stove. In the event that you do decide to purchase such a system, here are the power requirements for the unit so that you can see exactly what you will need.

4-RPM Auger Motor 1.65 AMPS 182 watts
1-RPM Auger Motor - 0.45 AMPS 50 watts
Combustion Blower 1.6 AMPS 176 watts
Convection Blower 1.5 AMPS 165 watts
Hot Rod Igniter 2.72 AMPS 300 watts

Total AMPS 7.47 AMPS with 4-RPM Auger Motor 823 Watts of electricity during start-up and 523 Watts during normal operation with 4.75 Amps

Total AMPS 6.27 AMPS with 1-RPM Auger Motor 691 Watts of electricity during start-up and 391 Watts during normal operation with 3.55 Amps

** FIGURES BASED ON 110 WATTS PER AMP & CURRENT COMPONENTS. ORIGINAL COMPONENTS MAY VARY. **

We actually generally recommend the gas-powered generator as a back-up power supply. The generator has several advantages over the battery back up in our opinion. Most battery back-ups that will actually power the stove for any length of time (minimum of 6 hours or more) are generally very expensive. Often times, even more expensive than a generator. In addition, with a generator you have the option of powering additional appliances, and you will have power as long as you have fuel for the generator.



I personally have a 2.0Kw Honda Generator, but you could easily run one of these things for a week on a pair of deep cycle batts and a 1KW Inverter.
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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

Cool. They do draw more power than I thought though. But I have a 750w and a 300w inverter for the boat that do nothing in the winter. Sounds like a couple batteries and a winter job for the inverters would do the trick. I'm thinking hooking the bat's up to my lawn tractor for a power supply, have to chk the output of the tractor first though. Thx.
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Default Re: I just changed out my pellet stove in the garage.

Cleaned the ash pan out tonight for the first time. There was no ash in the firepot, no "clinkers" and roughly a pound or two of ash (I've run 400lbs of pellets through the stove so far) no complaints! I can't wait till my wireless radio frequency remote thermostat arrives!
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had one for 15 years awesome--
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