Pellet Stove - Harman P68 vs. QuadraFire Classic Bay 1200

ohmzonedSeptember 18, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Live in Philadelphia, trying to supplement my poor duct work in the house. 2 story cape with an additional "media room" and then a master directly above it. Large master 25X13 or so.

I am looking to heat a total of 2000 sq. feet pretty much. I have done a lot of research and I have narrowed it down to the Harman P68 and the QuadraFire Classic Bay 1200 Pellet Insert stoves. I can possibly do the freestanding one, but right now my idea is to use an existing corner closet to frame out one of the inserts and make it a focal point.

I went to a fireplace store today and the guy was very knowledgeable and he was able to keep up with my onslaught of questions which I pretty much knew the answers to, based on my research. He did an excellent job was not too pushy, and made a suggestion to go with the QuadraFire 1200. I came home and read the reviews on the internet, and to say they least- they were awful. The ignition is problematic, and they do not heat as well as specified in the manuals. All in all, it did not seem like a quality product.

I logged into ConsumerReports online, and it was not even one of their top 10 suggested models. So I started to look at the Harman P68. There were fewer reviews online, but the ones that I could find were much more positive than the QuadraFire. Also the customer service comments were better for the Harman.

I plan to burn the pellets when I am home from work in the evening until bed, and on weekends. My house has brand new insulated siding, however the rest of the insulation is bad and I would say the house i very drafty. Also, the first floor (where the stove would go) is mostly hardwood. The kitchen (which would also get heated) is tile and granite, so there is a lot of biomass to heat up.

Thoughts, tips? suggestions? I am pretty well read on the "how" of the stoves, but I would really appreciate any feedback on the models of pellet stove described.

Thanks so much!


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