Harmon P68 Pellet Stove Broken (again)

What a difference a year makes.

A couple of days ago, I noticed the flames inside the pellet stove were not normal. Usually they are concentrated blue flames, this time they were long yellow lazy flames. Not good. Sometimes, all you need to do is clean the darn the thing and the flames will return to normal.

So I tried cleaning it:

Special ash vacuum sucking up all the dust.

Very dirty stove

Extrememly dirty burn pot

It did not work and I decided that a call to Men at Work was needed.  Last time I called this company it was a nightmare. They did not return phone calls, missed an appointment, failed to bring parts  etc etc. Read all about it here.

This time was a different experience. Monday morning I called the office at 7:30 and left a message. Danielle returned my call at 10am! I was told that they had a cancellation for tomorrow and they could be here at 11 am. I was floored. Not only was my call returned, but they could actually fix the stove tomorrow. I told Danielle that I am working at that time,  but could be home by 3. She said she would have to call me back. This is the best part-she re arranged the schedule around so they would be here at 3! What a difference a year makes. Danielle did not have to re arrange the day’s schedule,  she could have easily just gave me the next 3 o’clock availabilty.

When I got home at 2:45, Ward was in the driveway waiting for me. Is this the same company from last year? Couldn’t be! Last year they came  early than left when I was not home. But what is this? Ward knew he was early and stuck around! Holy shit on a shingle, what a difference a year makes. Yeah, I know I said that already but it is true.

Ward came in the house and operated on the stove and got it working again. He replaced an exhaust probe and opened a stuck valve. The stuck valve was the key, it creates a vacuum inside the sealed stove effecting the amount of oxygen needed to burn the pellets correctly blah blah blah. I won’t bore you with the techicalities Ward taught me. I swear he can fix the stove blindfolded.

So now here is the stove working much more betterer:

Normal flames



If anyone reading this owns a pellet stove, (and lives in the Hudson Valley) I highly highly recommend Men at Work Chimney Sweeps.

What a difference a year makes.


14 Comments on “Harmon P68 Pellet Stove Broken (again)”

  1. bluesuit12 says:

    Nice. I love when people not only do their jobs but go above and beyond to ensure customer service.


    • oshea12566 says:

      Yes they really did this time. I am going to fire off an email to the Harmon Stove company. I figure I bitched last year when they screwed up, it is only fair I praise this year when they go above and beyond.


  2. dadshouse says:

    Nice fire. I should get my chimney cleaned out so I can have some roaring flames.

    btw – I love the comments you leave on my blog. Very funny stuff!


    • oshea12566 says:

      Hey thanks! I was wondering if you found them humorous or not. The fire is back to normal and we are no longer using the oil burner to heat the house. I love that pellet stove, such a money saver.

      P.S. I added you to my blog roll.


  3. corn pellet stoves are good for cooking corn.


  4. john says:

    Wow! How old is your stove? I’m only on my 2nd year w/a P68. What’s the service record like for yours?


  5. Gayle B says:

    holy cow, i clean mine at least once a week, yours has gone way too long.. the cast lid that goes over the burn pot , I Hope that was there while you were using it, if not , that is half the problem


  6. mike says:

    i’m thinking about buying a p61, what is your experience and how do you like the harmon stove


  7. Warren says:

    Owen a P68. Anybody ever have a problem with there cast lid poping up when burning, and flames shooting out behind the cast lid?


    • So far that has not happened to me and I run it 24/7 November through March


    • Danny says:

      Usually that indicates carbon being built up on the corners. you could either scrape where the top of the burnpot hits the back of the stove with a screwdriver or take a hammer and tap the flame guide in so it is seated properly…also remember to scrape your burnpot at least 2X aweek so that the pellets will flow freely.


  8. Anonymous says:

    OMG! I’ve never seen a stove that dirty. I can’t believe your complaining about your stove not working. That’s like never washing the salt off your car, then wonder why it rusts out.
    I completely clean my stove every two weeks, sometimes every week. You have to clean the ash off inside so you have good heat transfer.
    I’m surprised the repair person is not there once a month fixing that stove. I don’t think I’ll ever get that image out of my head. My stove is over 10 yrs old and still looks like new. I haven’t had a repair person come out since the second yr I owned it.
    All I can say is, WOW!


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