new Mt Vernon AE owner needs technical knowhow
I purchased an AE insert in Oct 2007. This unit was manufactured in Sept 2007. I have thus far burned a little over a ton of premium hardwood pellets in the unit without any problems whatsoever. This unit is installed in a very large home and runs on a manual high setting most of the time. My question is related to the burn setting more than anything else. While burning on high (hardwood pellet setting) the unit will operate approximately 2 1/2 hours before performing a self clean. This self clean generates a very small amount of ash. I would like to see this until run longer in between cleanings because each cleaning cycle wastes valuable time that could be used to heat.
I would like to know if anyone has tested other settings and burn cycles to determine what their clean cycles are? Yesterday for example I set the fuel type to soft wood pellets and found that the unit ran for approx. 3 1/2 hours prior to cleaning (again only on HIGH). That cycle produced an amount of ash I though appropriate for a cycle. The problem with that setting however was that the flame appeared to me to be way too high even after I lowered that to -4. I assume the utility pellet setting cleans even faster so I haven't tried that.
Any advise from those burning good quality pellets? At this point I'm leaning toward running it on soft wood pellets even though I'm using hardwood and not worrying about the flame height as much.
Quadrafire PROBLEMS--I suggest that you read BEFORE....
:confused: I have read a variety of comments related to the Quadrafire Mt. Vernon AE and can now offer some insights from actual experience. I will candidly say that our experience was NOT good although, in the end, we came out ok. Let me elaborate. We purchased this unit because of BTU output, control with a thermostat that could be installed in a remote location, and salesmanship by the dealer. Some mild research (not nearly enough, it turned out) and dealer comments led us to believe that this unit may actually be "better" that a Harmon product (which they were also selling). Cold weather and a closing installation window pushed us to place an order and purchase and install (ourselves) another $1000. worth of S/S liner. The stove was received and installed without a hitch. An attempted startup failed the first time and the dealer was called to resolve after some superficial personal troubleshooting could NOT find any obvious install or stove issues. The dealer was very responsive, initially, BUT I believe, from a subsequent conversation, at a loss to clearly defined the problem. He ordered a new computer board. Installed, the stove started and ran for some time, BUT ultimately failed to restart during one of the cleaning cycles. Following the installation of a SECOND computer board, the dealer hung around for some 2-1/2 hrs (after I had to leave for a dinner) and had several conversations with the factory to try to figure out why our stove was "not operating correctly" as stated in a note he left behind. That is, he advised that he was NOT satisfied that the operating problems had been fixed when he had to leave for the evening. After talking with my wife, I called the next day to inform him that the stove was to be removed and full credit issued. Ultimately, after additional factory/dealer "mis-communications" and some controlled BUT disgusted conversations with the dealer, we finally got a full CREDIT for this unit. While thankful for the outcome (although we have been left without a significant source of heat in the middle of winter) I can advise ANYONE that I would never purchase another Quadrafire product.
It is a simple proposition that the public expects to recieve the benefits of the tools that they are exchanging hard-earned cash for. I have read more than one thread implying that we are either impatient, or not empathetic, or need to give the manufacturer time to work out the problems. Baloney! A willingness to extend "understanding" may be relevant for those you love, or any entity that you have built up a trusting relationship with. I do not have that relationship with the folks at the helm of the Quadrafire organization.
What I thought I had ordered was a product that would start the first time, run reliably, warm my home, and be a valued purchase. What I received was a series of operating problems due to either poor design or quality control, or both, frustrations with the dealer, a poor opinion of the manufacturer, and a forum to share these thoughts to save others from what, I opinion, was a mistaken purchase.
I won't detail all of the RED flags seen over the course of our experience BUT I will tell you that I was and am amazed that any company such as this can seriously expect to garner success by doling out so much frustration to its customers.
One thing I do believe has tremendous value is the opportunity to share candidly, yet responsibly, opinions about a myriad of choices in the marketplace. Great products (quality, value, and empathy and respect for the customer in the value delivered) will win the day every time. Produce the opposite and I think the result is pretty predictable over the long haul.