Cons of a Breckwell Pellet Stove

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Breckwell Hearth Products is a large manufacturer of pellet stoves in the United States. The company was founded by Al Breckel and Dave Wells in Eugene, Ore., in 1980, and is now located in Arlington, Texas. The company started making pellet stoves in the mid-1980s.

Pellet Stove Models

  • Breckwell Hearth Products manufactures seven model lines of pellet stoves, ranging from models that will heat an area ranging from a single room to the entire house. The model names are the P22 Series (Maverick), the P23 Series (Sonora), P24 Series (Blazer), P2000 Series (Tahoe), the P2700 Series (Mojave), the P4000 (Classic Cast) and the P1000 (Big E). The models are available in a range of styles including freestanding, as fireplace inserts or on a pedestal stand.

Con No. 1: Corn Pellets

  • Many consumers use corn pellets as a substitute fuel for wood pellets in a pellet stove. Pellet stoves made by Breckwell Hearth Products are manufactured to burn only wood pellets. The use of corn pellets would void the warranty on the stove. The company does offer a multi-fuel stove called the SP 6000 FS, which can burn both wood and corn pellets.

Con No. 2: Maintenance Schedule

  • The pellet stoves that Breckwell Hearth Products manufactures require three instances of daily maintenance. This includes stirring the burn pot, wiping the front glass and cleaning the heat exchange tube. Also, the maintenance schedule requires that the ash chamber be emptied weekly, and the combustion chamber brushed every week.

Con No. 3: Dealership Network

  • Breckwell Hearth Products sells through 730 dealers in the U.S., but has no dealers that offer its product in Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina or Utah. Residents of these states may not be able to purchase the company's products.

Con No. 4: Limited Warranty

  • Breckwell Hearth Products offers only a limited warranty on materials and workmanship, including five years on steel fabricated components and one year on the glass and burn pot inserts and electrical components.

Con No. 5: Original Purchaser

  • The limited warranty that Breckwell Hearth Products offers applies only to the original consumer purchaser of the stove. Since the warranty is not transferable, when a house is sold, the new owner will not have the benefit of the warranty.

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