The Lopi Pioneer is a neat, compact pellet stove with a large, nicely detailed bay viewing window for its size. The pedestal base is part of the body of the stove.Capable of heating 1,600 square feet and producing 28,000 btu.'s, it has an exceptionally large hopper for such a small stove which provides a burn time of fifty five hours. See comments below.
The hopper holds fifty five pounds of pellets, and the top of the stove opens completely for easy access.
The control board has a maintenance required diagnostic system which helps to analyse a problem if one arises.
Optional extras are a wall mounted thermostat which can shut the stove down and restart it as needed. A remote control is also optional.
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Heating Area 1,600 sq.ft.
Max. Heat Output 28,700 btu.
Automatic Ignition Yes
Manual Ignition If needed
Hopper Capacity Freestanding 55 lbs. Insert 35 lbs.
Burn time Freestanding 50 hrs. Insert 35 hrs.
Fuel Type Standard or premium grade wood pellets
Glass Air Wash Yes
Built in Blower Yes
Convection Blower Capacity 130 cfm.
Thermostat Compatible Yes
E.P.A. Approved Yes
Emissions 2 gr./hr.
Height 29.5 in.
Width 22.2 in.
Depth 20.9 in.
Weight 180 lbs.
Window Size 18 in. by 9 in.
Flue Vent Size 3 in.
Top Vent No
Rear Vent Yes
Rear Vent Height Freestanding 16.75 in. Insert 9.4 in.
Exhaust Temperature Sensor No
Low Draft Shutdown Yes
Construction Type Fabricated steel
Automatic Shutdown and Re-ignition Yes, with optional thermostat
Firebox Assembly, Door Assembly, Auger Assembly, Ceramic Glass, Glass (breakage from thermal shock), Igniter System, Electrical System, Accessories
Firebox Assembly, Door Assembly, Auger Assembly
Seven years: Parts only
Firebox Assembly, Door Assembly
Dimensions for Lopi Pioneer Bay Fireplace Insert
Height 22 in.
Width 22.2 in.
Depth 9.5 in. onto hearth, 11.6 in. into fireplace
Min. Fireplace Size
Height 19.6 in.
Width 18.6 in
Depth 11.6 in.
Insert Surround Dimensions
Small: 40.5 in. by 29 in.
Large: 44.5 in. by 32 in.
Ashes must be brushed from the firebox to the ash pan.
The combustion air input must be adjusted manually to match the heat setting of the stove.
The insert hopper capacity is smaller than the freestanding stove, giving the insert a maximum burn time of thirty five hours.
The Lopi Pioneer has a 'maintenance required' diagnostic system on the control board.
Check and clean the firepot
Clean the heat exchanger tubes, vacuum the hopper, clean gold trim surfaces.
Sweep ash into ash pan and check if ash pan needs emptying. Clean the glass.
Remove the firebox back, clean the back of the stove and the exhaust ducts.
Clean the exhaust blower, convection blower and the venting system.
Check for air leaks around the door, glass and ashpan
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