The St Croix York fireplace insert is based on the freestanding Afton Bay pellet stove.The bay window runs the full width of the stove for an excellent fire view.The York pellet stove insert is rated to heat 1,800 square feet, producing 40,000 btu. The forty pound hopper allows a burn time of thirty three hours on the low heat setting without re-filling.
This stove insert 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, the ash pan is in three parts, (see comments below).
Recommended fuels are wood pellets, or a 50% mix of corn and wood pellets.
The control board on the side of the stove has some useful diagnostic features to tell you whether or not the fire is burning correctly.
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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 40 lbs.
Burn time 33 hrs.
Fuel Type Wood pellets, 50% corn and wood pellets
Glass Air Wash Yes
Built in Blower Yes
Convection Blower Capacity 210 cfm.
Thermostat Compatible Yes, available as an option
E.P.A. Approved Yes
Emissions 0.7 gr./hr.
Dimensions for the St Croix York Fireplace Insert
Height 21.25 in.
Width 25 in.
Depth 10.5 in. onto hearth 16 in. into fireplace
Min. Fireplace Size
Height 19 in.
Width 24 in.
Depth 16 in
Insert Surround Dimensions 45 in. by 32 in
Weight 220 lbs.
Window Size 23 in. by 9.5 in.
Flue Vent Size 3 in.
Rear Vent Yes
Rear Vent Height 6.4 in.
Exhaust Temperature Sensor Yes
Low Draft Shutdown Yes
Construction Type Fabricated steel
Automatic Shutdown and Re-ignition Yes, with optional thermostat
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 surround can also have a matching nickel or gold trim
The versa grate agitator operates continuously while the stove is running, and can be a source of noise. Squeaks can be cured by lubrication.
The three ash pan arrangement is a little clumsy. The center ash pan fills more quickly than the outer ones.
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, oil the convection fan. Lubricate the versa grate shaker plate with high temperature anti-seize lubricant. Oil the damper control shaft and make sure the mechanism operates freely.
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