The Breckwell P23 Sonora Pellet Stove

The Breckwell P23 is supplied as the basic insert unit. You decide whether to specify a pedestal base or the leg option. The legs come in either gold, nickel or black.

The P23 has the stepped top design to increase its hopper capacity, which is 60 lbs. and allows the stove to burn for up to 60 hrs. Maximum output is 47,000 btu. See comments below.

The P23 has a large ash pan for a stove of this size, it is recommended to be emptied only after burning a ton of fuel. See comments below.

The control board has some trouble shooting diagnostics which, with the manual, will help to pin down possible problems.

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 sonora p23

Heating Area 2,000 sq. ft.

Max. Heat Output 47,000 btu.

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

Automatic Ignition Yes

Manual Ignition If needed

Hopper Capacity 60 lbs.

Burn time 60 hrs.

Fuel Type Preferably premium pellets, but will burn standard

Glass Air Wash Yes

Built in Blower Yes

Convection Blower Capacity 165 cfm.

Thermostat Compatible Yes, Supplied as an option

E.P.A. Approved Yes

Emissions 2.2 gr/hr.

Efficiency 80%


Height 29 in. with pedestal, 28.5 in. with legs

Width 22.5 in.
Depth 27 in.
see below for insert dimensions

Weight 240 lbs. Pedestal +40 lbs. Legs +13 lbs.

Window Size 14 in. by 9 in.

Flue Vent Size 3 in.

Top Vent No

Rear Vent Yes

Rear Vent Height Freestanding 10.75 in. Insert 2,2 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-ignitionYes, 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.


Wall Thermostat

Hand held thermostat

Nickel or gold door trim.

Gold, Nickel or black legs


Ceramic logs

Ceramic brick panel

Dimensions for Breckwell P23 Fireplace Insert

breckwell sonora p23 insert

Dimensions Insert

Height 20 in.
Width 21 in.
Depth 11.25 in. onto hearth, 11.5 in. into fireplace

Min. Fireplace Size

Height 22 in.
Width 22 in.
Depth 12 in.

Insert Surround Dimensions

Height 30 or 32 in. Width 42 in.


There have been 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.

It's recommended that the Breckwell P23 not be run for more than one or two hours at a time on the high heat setting to prevent damage.

Ashes must be brushed or scraped into the ashpan. There is no ashpan in the insert model, ashes must be scraped out into a suitable non combustible receptacle.



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.


If you would like to leave a review of the Breckwell P23 pellet stove or fireplace insert, please use the form on the contact page.

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