The only difference between the Harman P61, and the P61A is that the P61 has no igniter. This stove is the big brother of the P38, and has the same no fuss maintenance.Producing 61,000 btu. and rated to heat over 2,000 square feet, this is a very powerful but relatively inexpensive stove. It has many of the features of more expensive stoves in the Harman range such as the heat probe thermistor temperature control.
The Harman P61 is a step top and pedestal design with the ability to add a hopper extension, increasing the capacity to 132 lbs. and the burn time to 176 hrs.
Ashes are automatically pushed into the large ash pan by incoming unburned pellets. The ash pan has an integral handle and only has to be emptied after burning a ton of fuel.
The blower is contained within the stove in an air cooled housing which contributes greatly to quietness of operation.
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.
Heating Area More than 2,000 sq. ft.
Max. Heat Output 61,000 btu.
Min. Heat Output P61, 8,000 btu. P61A Zero
Automatic Ignition P61A only
Manual Ignition P61 manual ignition only
Hopper Capacity 72 lbs. (132 lbs. with extension)
Burn time 96 hrs. (176 hrs. with hopper extension)
Fuel Type Any biomass pellet
Glass Air Wash Yes
Built in Blower Yes
Convection Blower Capacity 135 cfm.
Thermostat Compatible A room temperature sensor is standard with this stove. It is possible to connect a thermostat as well.
E.P.A. Approved Yes
Emissions 1.8 gr./hr.
Height 34.5 in.
Width 23.5 in
Depth 29.5 in.
Weight 249 lbs.
Window Size 13 in. by 9.6 in.
Flue Vent Size 3 in.
Top Vent No
Rear Vent Yes
Rear Vent Height 9 in.
Exhaust Temperature Sensor Yes
Low Draft Shutdown Yes
Construction Type Fabricated steel
Automatic Shutdown and Re-ignition P61A only
Defects in materials or workmanship
Failure of mechanical or electrical parts.
Warranty transferable to a new owner for $25 fee.
Side heat shields. (Reduces clearance to combustibles from 18 in. to 12 in.)
Hopper extension. (Adds 60 lbs. to hopper capacity)
Ceramic log set
Ash door tiles. ( 10 design choices )
Gold air grill
Unlike the P61A, the P61 stove has no automatic ignition and will cycle between high and low but not restart itself.
The burn pot is very visible through the viewing window in this stove, and only partially hidden by the optional log set.
The battery backup offered by Harman is not supported by onboard electronics. It's an inverter unit made by Surefire and will work effectively with any pellet stove. See the link above.
One ton of pellets burned
Empty the ash pan.
Two to five tons of pellets burned
Clean and scrape the burn pot, clean the heat exchanger, clean ash from the inside of the stove, clean the combustion blower fan and internal flue.
Once a year
Inspect and clean the flue if necessary.
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