The Breckwell Big E Pellet Stove

The Breckwell Big E pellet furnace or home heater is called a furnace when it has the small viewing window, and a home heater with the larger door glass. It isn't physically so very big unless you add the enormous hopper extension, but it does pack a big punch.

Producing 55,000 btu., this stove is capable of burning for 140 hrs. without refilling, increasing to a massive 350 hours with the hopper extension.

I have to say that this is not a decorative stove, although it looks neat. Most suited to a hallway or basement rather than a living are. It can be noisy on high heat settings, but that output! That burn time!. Hard to beat.

The thirteen tube heat exchanger is large and effective.

See 'comments' below for an excerpt from an interesting review I received.

If you are unsure of the meanings of the terms in the pellet stove review below,or their implications, please go to the Pellet Stove Reviews page for an explanation.

breckwell big e

Heating Area 2,200 sq. ft.

Max. Heat Output 55,000 btu.

Min. Heat Output 8,000 btu., zero with optional thermostat

Automatic Ignition Yes

Manual Ignition If needed

Hopper Capacity 140 lbs. 350 lbs with extension.

Burn time 140 hrs. 350 hrs. with hopper extension.

Fuel Type Preferably premium pellets, but will burn standard.

Glass Air Wash No

Built in Blower Yes

Convection Blower Capacity 165 cfm.

Thermostat Compatible Yes

E.P.A. Approved Yes

Emissions 2.2 gr./hr.

Efficiency 81%


Height 32.6 in. 50 in. with hopper extension
Width 25.75 in.
Depth 23.9 in.

Weight 275 lbs.

Window Size Small 4 in. by 3 in. Large 12 in. by 7 in.

Flue Vent Size 3 in.

Top Vent No

Rear Vent Yes

Rear Vent Height 8.9 in.

Battery Backup No See Stove Sentry

Surge Protector Recommended

Colours Black

Exhaust Temperature Sensor No

Low Draft Shutdown Yes

Construction Type Fabricated steel

Automatic Shutdown and Re-ignition Yes, with optional thermostat


One year

Electrical components: Glass and burn pot for thermal damage.

Five years

Steel fabricated components.

10% discount on components after the warranty has expired. Original purchaser only.


Hopper extension to increase size from 140 to 350 lbs.

Wall Thermostat

Hand held thermostat


The Breckwell Big E can be noisy on higher heat settings. This is probably not a stove to put in the TV room.

Some problems with the A-E-033 convection fan seizing. This is being replaced with the C-E-029 fan. Try to make sure the newer fan is fitted.

Without an air wash system, the viewing window will need regular cleaning.

Even the large viewing window isn't so large for the size of stove.

Excerpt from a review I received about a three year old 'Big E' that didn't work properly from new.
"After replacing some parts we found out the original fan never worked properly because when we installed the new burner fan we could miraculously run on heat settings four and five getting all the heat needed, the noise diminished greatly and the stove worked as advertised."



Stir the burn pot, wipe the glass.


Empty the burn pot, clean the glass, brush out the combustion chamber and clean the heat exchange tubes.

Annually, or for every ton of fuel.

Empty ashes, clean interior venting, clean the blades of the combustion and convection blowers, clean the vent system, inspect the gaskets, empty and vacuum the hopper.


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