SteveZee wrote:[quote="vfw3439"]I did a lot of research on Glenwood Base Heaters and was going to get a #6. When the time came to order it a #8 came available and was only $200 more. I had a private conversation with William and he said "grab it", It is better to run the #8 at a lower temp then to have to run the #6 harder with a higher temp.
It is really strange to see how every part on the #8 is just a little bigger than the #6. The 18" fire pot is huge.
Yep that a good way to go as it will heat your whole house on cruise and when we get theose weeks below zero that are inevitable you'll have the horsepower to match it. I know what you mean about the pot, My Glenwood has a 16" pot and it holds twice what the stove it replaced could. It will be the same for me as far as cruising for most of the time. I have a Glenwood cookstove in the kitchen too for added omph.
Well I hate to be the dissenting voice on this one... But.... a correctly sized stove is better than a stove too large. Don't forget that the heating season starts with little heat needed and ends with little heat needed. The ability to run putting out very little heat is also useful to be able to run your stove longer, both by starting it up sooner and letting it go out later. This past winter was a good example, the spring was a long drawn out up and down -to warm to run the stove and then colder needing the heat again - springtime. I wished I could have run my stove at about 50* on the side wall, that would have allowed me to not stop it and start it several times this past spring. I actually got the stove to run down close to 125* for days without going out. But that was still not cool enough several times this past spring...
That all being said, you're going to love your #8. It is going to heat your house like you never experienced with your pellet stove. Cold you will not be... But, you will also be learning the tricks of that stove in the shoulder months of how low you can idle it. That will take you some time to figure out, but it's fun (at least for me it was)...
I hear you on that DJ, and it makes sense. For me, having the two allows me some flexibility in running a single stove at a given weather situation. With three chimneys in the house and the 116 on the middle one (I have a Jotel Allagash propane on the far chim) it gives me flexibility to mix and match stoves to suit until full on winter when both coalers are full time. I also have the oil steam boiler (brand new one) in the basement for backup when traveling. I'm a true multi fuel set up but 95% of that will be coal.