Don’t Waste Time with a Secondhand Stove
If you’re shopping for a low price you may be tempted to purchase a cheap fireplace or pellet stove that’s been previously owned. Buying a secondhand pellet stove is similar to buying a used car; you hope that the money saved from buying a used one is more than the money required to replace any broken parts.
We’ve heard from many customers who have had unexpected problems from secondhand pellet stoves. Before you go buy the cheapest pellet or wood stove on sale, here are a few things to look for to ensure you’re not wasting your money.
Ensure spare parts are readily available. Do a bit of research into the manufacturer. Are there stove replacement parts readily available and easy to purchase? The Stove Center carries many stove replacement parts through our online store for many manufacturers including Harman, Austroflamm, Breckwell, Quadrafire and St. Croix.
Ask when it was last cleaned professionally. Pellet stoves that have never been cleaned will have accumulated a thick layer of creosote and soot that may be very difficult to remove. Ideally, the previous owner would have had the pellet stove professionally cleaned at least once a year.
Ask for replacement receipts. Has the owner recently replaced any stove parts? If so, having a copy of the receipts will come in handy, so you have a record of maintenance done on the stove, as well as the supplier contact information. You may also be lucky enough to be covered by a warranty (typically a year long).
Brush aside minor cosmetic imperfections. Has the cheap fireplace or pellet stove seen better days? As long as the stove is in good working condition and has been regularly cleaned and maintained, chipped paint can easily be fixed with a can of stove paint.