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Breckwell Big E Utility Furnace and Home Heater

Review: Breckwell Big E Utility Furnace and Home Heater

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Breckwell Big E Utility Furnace and Home Heater
I've had this Big E pellet eating monster in my place for two winters now. The following are some observations: 1. The stove “works”, but considering the $2,000 price, I don't think that it does a very good job at heating or is a very good product. 2. The design is very bare-bones-basic. 3. Some mechanical aptitude is absolutely required. If you can’t or don’t want to tinker with this thing, then don’t buy it. 4. Getting at the innards is easy if the unit is ~2’ from the wall. Thankfully, I haven’t had the major component failures that others have had. 5. The construction quality (welds) is adequate, but probably could have been better. Definitely not American workmanship at it’s finest. 6. When the pellet hopper is filled to the top, it seems to have a chronic problem with the auger jamming. The solution to this has been only put in a night’s worth of pellets at a time. 7. The thermo cutoff switch died, but since I shut it off in the morning, it’s hasn’t been a big deal to me. 8. I never bother with customer service anymore. 9. External combustion air is absolutely required, even for large areas. 10. The automatic On/Off settings are useless (see other posts). 11. The heat controls are too coarse to account for variable pellet quality. 12. The heat exchanger doesn’t seem to be very efficient, and heat output is much less than expected. If you open the door with the fire raging on #5, it is HOT in there. However, the air coming off the heat exchanger is just warm. 13. Heat level settings #1 and #2 are useless. Granted, pellet consumption is low, but the unit barely blows warm air and may as well not even be on. 14. On setting #5 it does generate a good bit of heat, but pellet consumption is high (~ 5 pounds per hour = 3x 40#bags per day). 15. In my opinion, it is just as messy as a wood stove. Spilled pellets, pellet dust, and ash require constant sweeping and vacuuming. 16. With three electrical motors, it is a noisy little beast. 17. It is best suited for a house basement, camp, garage or shop. Not a living room.

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Reviewed and rated by mammie on November 30, 2012

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Reviewed and rated by fishdo76 on February 18, 2012

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Reviewed and rated by gth on December 13, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by jeff on December 03, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by jeff on December 02, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Eric on November 16, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by jigger on October 29, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by AJ on July 30, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Ronscoupe on May 15, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Bryonie Baxter on April 16, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Nelson L on March 31, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Jeff Hanson on March 26, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Dan O on February 27, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Thomas on February 25, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by rod missouri on February 21, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Darren on February 16, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Larry young on February 15, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Jodi on February 04, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by vtpkrat2 on January 31, 2011

This stove is without a doubt the biggest piece of crap I have ever purchased in my life! With $1800 invested plus chimneys/flues,I am trying to make do with it for a couple of years rather than...

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Reviewed and rated by Jason on January 10, 2011

No problems besides I notice a gap along the bottom of door, the stove its dlef (Not Door) had warp inward about a 1/2 inch… I only operate on 2 or 3 on cold days/nights… I was able...

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Reviewed and rated by meadville pa. on January 09, 2011

WORST INVESTMENT I HAVE EVER MADE ! since i purchased this

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Reviewed and rated by WisconsinSon on January 07, 2011

We have had ours for 6 plus years now, still running good, replaced blower motor 2 years ago. We run 4-5 tons a year through it as our primary heat in Wisconsin. 1000 sq’ downstairs and...

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Reviewed and rated by kyle w on January 03, 2011

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Reviewed and rated by Joe T. on December 30, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by Charles Mawhiney on December 06, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by Jeff on November 25, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by joe worried on November 24, 2010

I am hooking it up as I speak. What the hell did I do?

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Reviewed and rated by bb on November 22, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by perdion on November 21, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by lavery on November 05, 2010

Piece of garbage. Keep exhaust blower and computer in stock if you buy this item. I spend at least $800 a year in replacement parts for this stove. Horrible. Do Not buy it

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Reviewed and rated by jra2 on October 30, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by jmkclk123 on October 23, 2010

Do not buy this item the stove is a maintenance nightmare. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

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Reviewed and rated by Fribble on October 20, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by RICK B on October 17, 2010

Some trouble w/air flow when it was fixed so far so good Its a keeper.

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Reviewed and rated by rtyrell on September 28, 2010

bought my stove at mills fleet farm 3 years ago. live in northeast wisconsin. my stove heats 2500 sq. ft. easy.most of the winter it is left on no. 2. the only complaint i have is the crooks that...

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Reviewed and rated by roy jones on March 21, 2010

will never own a breckwell product again toral piece of crap and no parts are avalible total junk

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Reviewed and rated by DF Burton on March 20, 2010

Was a Breckwell dealer for 3 years. Very inconsistent quality
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Reviewed and rated by Murphy on February 10, 2010

Customer service is non-existent. If you’re not very familiar with these type of stoves then buy from a different manufacturer. Eventhough I bought a stove made in late 2009 it still has...

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Reviewed and rated by Disappointed on January 28, 2010

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Reviewed and rated by Scott on December 15, 2009

We heat our 2,000sf home with the Big E and are very happy. My only complaint is the volume- a bit loud. We are using a 40lb bag a day/every other day with it running 24hrs a day. We live in NH...

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Reviewed and rated by Dave on December 12, 2009
I bought it from FleetFarm in 2008 . No problems at all .I like a lot of it’s features too such as having the capability to start and completely shut down with a thermostat, plus the three bag...
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Reviewed and rated by rulu99@verizon.net on November 30, 2009

SERVICE , JUST GREAT THEY TOLD ME $85.00

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Reviewed and rated by H. Bacchus on October 22, 2009

My Big E is running on it’s 3rd year, burning over 2 tons of pellets per season and no problem. Maintainance—Zero!!

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Reviewed and rated by leanne tapia on October 20, 2009

We had a whitfield before buying the big e. I was told I would love it more than my whitfield. WRONG we have had nothing but problems. 600.00 later I am going back to...

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Reviewed and rated by George W. on October 16, 2009

This thing is cheap, and you get what you pay for. The replacement parts are all over $250 each, so beware. Both fans failed out of warranty and I paid $500 to replace. On top of that –...

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Reviewed and rated by Chuck D'Arcy on February 23, 2009

I am now on my second big e The first one was so bad that they replaced it after only 3 months.This one seems to work ok so far.It has been installed for about a week.Customer service sucks.The...

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Reviewed and rated by brownlaker@hotmail.com on January 22, 2009

This stove has bad blower motors. After 1 winter you will have to replace them. Customer service does not seem to exist. Buy a better stove and save yourself a lot of grief.

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Reviewed and rated by Dove in Pennsylvania on January 16, 2009

Please do yourself a favor and do not purchase this stove we have had nothing but headaches since we spent all of our stimulus check on this. We have had to replace the ash pan twice since we...

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Reviewed and rated by Thomas Wolf on December 11, 2008

We have had our Stove for 3 years and have not had a problem with it at all. Here in Montana it gets really cold durning the winter. Our house is over 2000 Sq Ft and is two levels. On the...

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Reviewed and rated by n3vhr on October 26, 2008

We have been using this stove for 3 years. We use this in a 2000 sq ft home as our primary heat source. During the heating season it runs 24/7 (except when we shut it down to clean it). We have...

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Reviewed and rated by roger hebert on March 23, 2008

We live in the white mountains of newhampshire and have run this stove hard for three years. the room air blower motor just quit working today and the search is on for a new motor. Would I buy...

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Reviewed and rated by Stevie on January 22, 2008

We’ve had our Big E for about a year, and we haven’t had any problems with it. It’s actually a bit more powerful than I thought, and I’ve had to figure out how to burn to...

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Reviewed and rated by Basking Lizard on December 06, 2007

We bought a Big E Home Heater last year. It ran for about 4 months before parts started failing on it. We’ve replaced the combustion blower twice and the control panel three times, and it...

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