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Old 10-30-2010, 02:39 AM
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visited a friend in VT who loved his. Seems like the simplest way to have alternative heating to the gas system installed in the house. Don't really want to deal with a coal or wood stove. Looking for some feedback.
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excellent alternative to gas,oil even woodburning systems.. I'm a builder, and more and more people are installing them.. Very safe,simple and effcient. And I beleive you get a tax credit for the pellets
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I've had one for 8 years now and love it (Enviro Fire). The price of pellets has gone thru the roof over the last 2-3 years. I would stay away with anything made in Canada, hard to get parts for (per my service man). Harmons are great stoves and made in PA.
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We use a Harmon pellet stove as our primary heat(2300 sqf ranch style home) with a propane boiler backup(radiant in floor and baseboard combo). Propane is ridiculously expensive on our island at 2.40 per gallon.

Before we built our home addition we were going thru 3-4 500 gallon tanks of propane a year. I figured that our usage would go up significantly with the house addition, so when we spec'ed out the stove, we went with the highest BTU free standing stove Harmon offers ($3500 cost self install).

Last heating season, which was short because we moved into the addition in January, we went thru a total of 3 tons of pellets at a cost of $235 per ton. When its cold(15-25 degree's), I figure its a bag of pellets a day we use. When its really cold (0-10) I figure its a bag and a half a day. Cost per bag is a little over $4.

As far as maintenance goes, the stove needs to be shut down and cleaned every 3-4 weeks depending on usage. The dealer tells you that you need to do it after every ton of pellets, but I think it should be done a little more frequent then that.Total cleaning time takes about 45 minutes to an hour. You need a special vacuum and some brushes.

Daily cleanings are minimal......like the glass(if that bothers you) and scraping the pot ash away.

Having a pellet stove is not a maintenance free heating system, like a boiler or furnace might be considered, but I enjoy doing it and on the cold snowy days its nice to crank it up and sit in front of it.

We love our stove.......I would highly recommend getting one if the extra work doesn't bother you.

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My sister had one in her cabin in Vermont and loved it as her main source of heat. The cabin was "off the grid" and also had wind and solar voltaic with a battery storage system and converter. It also had a propane stove, propane frig and a propane generator.

BTW, price of propane here in NC last July was $2.20.
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A few thing to consider...........Make sure pellets are available in your area. For the last 2-3 years pellet stoves have been flying off the shelves. Their are 4 places around me the carry pellets, only one delivers. Thats something to think about if you don't have a truck. I'll normally burn 1 to 1.5 tons a winter. I keep about two tons in a shed and buy the pellets in the spring - summer when their is a sale.

As Andy said having a pellet stove is not a maintenance free heating system, but it beats the heck out of my Vermont wood burning stove.
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We don't have any problems getting pellets in our area...........at least so far. I take my buddies skid steer trailer down to Green Bay and get everything I need in one shot. The company we buy from also delivers to the island, since there are 20 or so customers up here with there stoves. Heck....they will even put them in your basement if you choose for .25c a bag. But we keep ours in the garage.

FastF.......what are you paying per ton in your area? Soft or hardwood pellet?
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hey thanks for all of the positive info. My wife owns trucks and horse trailers so that is not a problem as far as transporting the pellets. I guess I will look into the Harmon Stoves, which model did you purchase Andy? My house is about 2100 square feet, 2 levels but we have cathedral ceiling that goes up to the second floor so the heat should get up there. My main for good heat is the first floor where we spend our waking hours.
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Been using one for 8 years, love it, make sure you can get pellets and have somewhere to store them that is totally dry...we buy ours in late spring, (off season)....
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I heat my house with the sun, it will be 90 degrees here by tues.
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I've used one in my detached garage for the past three winters. Like others, I stock up on pellets in the summer. I love it!
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The only draw back to the pellet stove is - if the power goes out so does the pellet stove unless you have a gen. to power it. But it is a lot easer and cleaner the a wood stove.
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what about the soot and ash mess i see on the side of some peoples houses?
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pellit stoves are a pain in the arse to clean all the time...

I went back to burning wood
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Originally Posted by striper97 View Post
hey thanks for all of the positive info. My wife owns trucks and horse trailers so that is not a problem as far as transporting the pellets. I guess I will look into the Harmon Stoves, which model did you purchase Andy? My house is about 2100 square feet, 2 levels but we have cathedral ceiling that goes up to the second floor so the heat should get up there. My main for good heat is the first floor where we spend our waking hours.
I think the heat would go up there, I guess you will have to wait and see how much. What does the dealer say?

Our house is a single level, but is very long. The room at the opposite end of the house is colder then the rest of the house on cold days, unless we fire up the boiler.

This is the stove we have http://www.harmanstoves.com/products...oves&f=XXVPSTV We have it direct vented and also are using the outside air for combustion.
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Currently paying $262 a ton for hardwood. Its another 75 bucks for delivery which I don't use



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what about the soot and ash mess i see on the side of some peoples houses?

Something is wrong with their stove or blower system. Here's photo of the outside of my house. It was last painted 6 years and 12 tons of pellets ago. I've never had a problem

Cleaning is a breeze, takes me all of 10 minutes once a week with a small shop vac
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Anybody use 'Scrubbing Bubbles' on the glass?
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
Anybody use 'Scrubbing Bubbles' on the glass?
Windex works fine for mine
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how long does a 40lb bag of pellets last @ $249 ?
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Originally Posted by jerseysportfisher View Post
how long does a 40lb bag of pellets last @ $249 ?

$249 is for a ton. ( 50 bags at 40#/bag)

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