Harmon P68

dayne2613November 25, 2007

Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum but see alot of pellet stove talk. I just installed a Harmon P68 and was wondering if anyone has been able to hook up a programmable thermostat to a Harmon pellet stove.

I had a Whitfield for the past 4 years hooked up to a programmable thermostat and it worked flawlessly, Harmon wants people to use their "built in" thermostat and tempo sensor but this is not a very efficient system. Thanks!

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originally posted by someone on hearth.com

Ive noticed a few questions awhile ago about setback thermostats and pellet units. Harman just came out with a Technical Bulletin concerning them, and I thought Id take this time to communicate it before I forget all the particulars.

All Harman pellet units can utilize a setback thermostat. The thermostat must be:

1. Millivolt compatible
2. Have gold contacts
3. be low voltage
4. be low current

Harman reccommends the following Honeywell units for this use:


If there is a jumper between Rh and Rc, it must be removed from the terminal block of the thermostat. The thermostat must be connected in series with the room sensing probe using the Rh and W terminals of the thermostat. Except with the P38, which has no room sensing probe, the set-back thermostat MUST be used in conjunction with the room sensing probe.

there are two modes of operation as well:

Occupied Mode: (someones home)
Set the thermostat to its max temp setting. The stove room-sensing probe will control room temperature, so set the desired room temp on the stoves temp dial.

Unoccupied Mode: (noones home)
Program the thermostat to the desired set-back temp. When the thermostat opens (is satisfied) the stove will go into a 4-blink status. If the stove is a auto-ignite model and the auto/manual switch is in auto, the stove will shut down. When the thermostat closes (calls for heat) the 4-blink status will reset and the stove will ignite.
If the stove is a manual ignition model, or an auto-igniting unit with the selector switch set to manual, the stove will go into the 4-blink status when the thermostat opens (is satisfied) and the stove will go to a minimum burn and stay there until the thermostat closes (calls for heat). When the thermostat closes, the 4 blink status will reset automatically.

Consult your owners manual for a description of the 4-blink status. This error occurs when the contril board senses the room sensing probe isnt connected or has failed. This happens with the thermostat in series, since when the thermostat opens (is satisfied), there is a loss of continuity in the room-sensing circuit. The 4 blink status automatically resets when the board recognizes the room-sensing probe has been reconnected (ie: when the thermostat closes and calls for heat).

Anyhow, hereÂs the gist of the tech bulletin. If it sheds some light, great.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 10:35PM
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Thanks pellethead. I tried this tonight with a Hunter model #44260 programable thermostat. I did get the stove to respond however it worked in opposite of the way intended. When the thermostat called for heat the stove would enter 4 blink fault, when the thermostat was satisfied the stove would reset the fault and turn on. Any thoughts on what might be wrong? I thought I had it figured out when I switched the thermostat to cool mode thus reversing the action but I had the same results. Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 9:31PM
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