Many stoves made a few years back have upgrades or modifications for more trouble free operation. As the years go by, it becomes more apparent what needs to be improved and how it can be improved. In the case of the Magnum Baby Countryside pellet stove, the Delron lower auger bushing can be greatly improved. Each install is different and even the usage is different so the longevity of the parts may vary. However there is one typical stove and normal usage where we installed a new OEM auger bearing set and the lower OEM delron auger bearing lasted only 2.5 years! Recently while cleaning the stove I saw the lip was already melted and sawdust leaking out of it! The good news is with a slight modification a stronger, thicker wall higher temperature nylon bushing can be installed which I have seen last a minimum of ten years!
See leaking Sawdust
You may order this bearing here only $10.95
I have used this type of bushing as an upgrade in other stoves with tremendous success.
Just like the St Croix stoves, if the auger end plate mounting hole for the bushing is step up to a larger hole size with a titanium step drill bit from Harbor Freight, the bearing will fit snug and should really last!
Original OEM bearing in OEM auger end plate for Magnum Baby Countryside.
New bearing on left and old OEM bearing on the right.
Tools to do the Modification
New Bearing installed for Pellet Stove
Trim bearing down so set collar does not rub against bearing when installed
Make sure auger turns freely with set collar and set screw or set bolt installed
Then apply silicone around edges of auger end plate so there are no air leaks
Increase the OEM end plate hole from approx, 3/4 inch to 7/8 inch and press in the new nylon bearing.
The inside diameter of the new nylon bearing is the same size as the OEM one and due to the thicker wall and stronger material will provide a much longer life for the auger motor and alot less auger jamming!