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Old 11-06-2017, 11:52 PM   #1
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Not sure where to put this, but I figured I'd start here.

We have gone through 3 really cold winters since we lived in this house. We have a few baseboard heaters, but they don't really do the trick.

I think a pellet stove is our best option considering placement, cost of install kit and pellets are cheap. Wood insert is out because I would need to repair the chimney, and that isn't an option for the next few years.

Who here uses a pellet stove? Any suggestions on models or brands?

I am thinking around 1,500 bucks or so would be doable this winter. House is around 1,700 square feet of living space, though the back bedroom will still be heated with baseboard.

One that has caught my eye is the Pleasant Hearth 1,750 sq. ft. model. Any thoughts on this one? Is the lack of thermostat a big deal?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Pleasant-He...-Stove/3772643

Is it better to go with a larger stove in the 2,200 sq. ft. range, or stick to a proper 1,750 sq. ft. model?
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Harmon.

Thermostat is pretty nice, but it does wear out the igniter. Pellet stoves need routine cleaning, and you Can't use cheap pellets, they give feed problems.

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Smaller is better. High fire is cleaner and more efficient.
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Check out hearth.com they have a pretty good forum over there.

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I have 2 of them, have not used them in a while because oil is so cheap now. 1 has a thermostat one does not, thermostats cause issues if the burn pot is not kept very clean. Not all pellets are the same, once you find the ones that work best with your stove stick with them.
Much easier to clean than a fireplace and only takes 1 bag of pellets a day.

I have a Quadra Fire and an Enviro, I like them both.
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I don't think the thermostat should be optional. This is the beauty of the pellet stove- it turns off before the room gets hot enough to roast the cat, turns back on before it gets too cold
I have an 8 year old quadra fire, haven't had ignitor problem yet. Pellet stoves are high maintenance, always seems to be something to tweak or repair, lots of cleaning required.
Great heat, pretty convenient after the years supply of fuel is carried in
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A lot of pellet stoves have reliability issues, particularly with the feed mechanism. Harmon doesn't. Do your annual checks at the start of the heating season, and run it as your primary heat source all winter without problems, just clean it on schedule.

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