The St Croix Afton Bay is an american style bay window stove that stands on a pedestal which contains a large ash pan. The bay window runs the full width of the stove for an excellent fire view.The St Croix Afton Bay is rated to heat 1,800 square feet, producing 40,000 btu. The sixty five pound hopper allows a burn time of fifty four hours on the low heat setting without re-filling.
This stove will shut down and re-ignite from thermostat control, and will also run between high and low if some continuous heat is required.
The heat exchanger is made from stainless steel to ensure long life, and the ash pan is large enough to only need emptying weekly.
Recommended fuels are wood pellets, cherry pits, or a 50% mix of corn and wood pellets.
The control board slides out from the back of the stove when needed, normally it's hidden. It has some useful diagnostic features to tell you whether or not all's well with the stove.
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Heating Area 1,800 sq.ft.
Max. Heat Output 40,000 btu.
Min. Heat Output 10,500 btu., Zero with optional thermostat
Automatic Ignition Yes
Manual Ignition If needed
Hopper Capacity 65 lbs.
Burn time 54 hrs. on low heat setting
Fuel Type Wood pellets, cherry pits, 50% corn and wood pellets
Glass Air Wash No
Built in Blower Yes
Convection Blower Capacity 210 cfm.
Thermostat Compatible Yes
E.P.A. Approved Yes
Emissions 0.7 gr./hr.
Height 31 in.
Width 25 in.
Depth 23 in.
Weight 285 lbs.
Window Size 23 in. by 9.5 in
Flue Vent Size 3 in.
Top Vent No
Rear Vent Yes
Rear Vent Height 12.3 in.
Exhaust Temperature Sensor Yes
Low Draft Shutdown Yes
Construction Type Fabricated steel
Automatic Shutdown and Re-ignition Yes
Original owner: Five years on steel parts excluding the burn pot, Two years on electrical components.
Nickel or gold door trim
Nickel or gold reveal
The versa grate agitator operates continuously while the stove is running, and can be a source of noise. Squeaks can be cured by lubrication
Daily: Check the air holes in the burn pot and shaker plate, clean if necessary. Rake the ash from the burn pot. Use the scraper rod to clean the heat exchanger tubes. Clean the viewing window.
Weekly: Empty the ash pan, clean the air holes in the burn pot.
Monthly: Remove baffle plate and clean the heat exchanger tubes. Clean the exhaust ash traps.
Check the flue venting every two months during the heating season. Check the condition of the stove's gaskets.
Summer shutdown: Remove all fuel from the stove and clean thoroughly. Sweep the venting system, vacuum motor compartment behind firebox, clean the convection and combustion fans. Lubricate the versa grate shaker plate with high temperature anti-seize lubricant.
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