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Comfortbilt HP22 Pellet Stove Review – October 2017

Last Updated: October 2017

The Comfortbilt is a simple stove that performs its job well and is backed by impressive and caring support. With 80% 5 star ratings on Amazon this is a product people are willing to get behind. And why shouldn’t they? After all, with great heating capacity, functional design, and long term reliability it’s a no brainer. Let’s jump in (figuratively of course) and see what makes this such a great stove!


  

Key Features

  • Heating Capacity: 2,000 sq. feet
  • EPA Certified: Yes, 86%
  • Hopper Capacity: 55lb
  • BTUs: 42,000
  • Weight: 320 lb
  • Model: HP22

 

What We Like

✔Exceptional Heating:If there’s one thing that comes up over and over again in the reviews it’s customers raving about how well the Comfortbilt heats their home. 2,200 square feet is decent capacity, and one reviewer mentions how his 2,600 square foot ranch was kept warm and cozy all winter long! Quality of heat is one thing, but reliability is another-not all stoves (like some of the models on our homepage) can stand up to the test of long term usage. The ComfortBilt can with reviewers regularly posting updates after months or even years in some cases!
✔Design:The design isn’t the most beautiful we’ve seen but its bay windows with large glass viewing panels are pretty nice. Aside from decent aesthetics the form is pretty well conceived. There’s a handy digital control panel with a thermostat that ranges from 61-84 degrees. There is also a remote that comes with and has the same functions.
✔Customer Service:This is an area where comfortbilt truly shines. There is a single support rep for the US whose name is Glenn. This guy is the real deal. He answers all questions over the phone, sends replacement parts, responds to Amazon queries. Scroll through the reviews and you’ll see what I mean.
✔Quiet:This stove runs relatively quiet. One purchaser remarked that it sounds like a gaming pc. Overall, you may have to turn up the volume of a tv slightly, but it doesn’t seem like there are quieter stoves. 

What We Don’t Like

While there isn’t much to truly find fault with (especially considering some truly trashy options on the market) we wanted this review to be comprehensive, so here goes…

✖Hopper Filling:The hopper has a small filling hole, which requires you to rip off a corner of your bag of pellets and carefully pour the pellets inside.
✖Instruction Manual:.The manual is filled with hard to read font and tiny print. This is a small gripe..we know, but we just thought you should be prepared.
✖Burn Pot Overflow:If you run this stove on the highest setting the burn pot may overflow slightly. One solution to this is simply attach a tiny fan to the air intake port with a variable speed controller. You can then set the fan speed to a low setting (~10 CFM) and that will drastically increase the burn rate and thus prevent overflow.

♥PRO TIP: As with any stove you will have to do some cleaning. One important thing to note about this model is that there are some extra panels that can be cleaned if you pull off the silver panels on either side of the stove. If you do not clean these then the future flames will not burn as strongly.

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Final Thoughts

So there you have it, our Comfortbilt review outlining the key pros and cons to this highly reccomended machine. The Comfortbilt is great for people looking to buy their first pellet stove and will provide heat for years to come. Happy stove shopping, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Castle Serenity 12327 Review-August 2017

Last Updated: August 2017

The Castle Serenity is a popular favorite among pellet stove enthusiasts, and has rightly earned its place as a top selling model on Amazon. Castle really thought out the whole user experience, and this stove is near perfection. What makes it so special? A combination of smart design, easy to use features, and high quality manufacturing. Let’s take a further look!

  

Key Features

  • Heating Capacity: 1,500 sq. feet
  • EPA Certified: Yes
  • Hopper Capacity: 40lb
  • Burn Time: 12 hours
  • BTUs: 31,960
  • Weight: 186 lb
  • Plug In: 120v
  • Operating Wattage: 77w

 

What We Like

Easy Installation:The stove can easily be installed by a homeowner, and the included manual walks through all the required steps. Estimated installation time is less than 2 hours, and the compact stove size means finding space is easy. Additionally, this stove can be directly vented (no chimney/flute required) and since it is EPA certified it will apply with regulations on both state and local levels. Finally, this stove is mobile home approved. This compact stove is perfect for all the adventurous folk who live/travel in their RVs and want a practical heating solution
Programmable:The unit has a built in thermometer and features a 24 hour programmable controller for each day of the week. This allows you to set times for the stove to be on/off, which means you can wake up warm-have the stove turn off while you’re at work-and have it turn back on 30 minutes before you arrive back home. This feature will save a lot of pellets, while ensuring you don’t have to suffer through the cold. There are also five levels that you can set the stove to burn at depending on the heat intensity you desire. The burn time ranges from 12 hours (highest setting) to 24 hours (lowest setting).  This level of control is rare on such compact product.
Easy to Clean:All that needs to be done is a quick sweep of the exhaust pipe and a dump of the ash pot. The interior of the stove is smooth to prevent ash buildup and make any additional cleaning easy.

Customer Support: Castle offers live customer support on its products, which means that in the event of shipping damage or a part malfunction it is easy to get into contact with a helpful representative. Just to give you some examples of the level of care we are talking about here, there was a man who received a defective stove part-he calls up Castle-the free replacement gets sent out the same day. Another guy who just wanted to talk with someone to make sure installation had been done correctly-2 calls to Castle over a 3 day period later-problem solved and he’s buddies with the guy on the line. If anything is wrong Castle will make sure to send you a free replacement stove, from what we’ve read about these guys they are the real deal.

What We Don’t Like

There’s not much to dislike about this stove, because many of the errors are due to users who don’t read the manual or those who don’t understand you need to “cure” your stove. Curing means letting it burn 2-3 times outside while all the oils in the interior/exterior paints are “off gassed.” This process can be done indoors as well, just make sure the room is heavily ventilated.

Tight HopperWhile the hopper is the standard 40lbs, there is very little wiggle room. Essentially, if you try to add another bag of pellets while the hopper is still slightly filled-there will be overflow.
No Ambient Temp. TurnoffThis one was discovered by some of the users who set their stove for a certain ambient temperature. Once the ambient temperature reached the setting the stove would not turn off; it simply switched to its lowest setting. This could pose an inconvenience to some users.

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Final Thoughts

We look at stoves frequently, and few stand out as much (for positive reasons….) as the Castle Serenity. This product is perfect for someone with little to no log/pellet fuel burning experience. Between the great features, strong performance, and fantastic customer support this is truly one of the best pellet stoves of 2017.