Wood pellet stoves are wood burning stoves that can heat a home in one of the most convenient, efficient manners. Wood pellet stoves don’t burn wood logs, but instead burn wood pellets. also called pellet fuel. Wood pellet stoves deliver a high quality, cost effective burn, while emitting very little pollution. Some wood pellet stoves can even connect ducts throughout your home to provide a centralized heating solution.
Is a wood pellet stove right for you?
Like any investment, one must way the pros and cons, the costs versus the benefits. A Wood Pellet stove is no different. Taking into consideration the cost of the pellet fuel, stove installation, and maintenance, a person must ask is wood pellet stoves are actually worth their price tag?
Facts to consider about wood pellet stoves.
• Simple to use. No trees to cut down here. Purchase your pellets and away you go.
• Modern fuel burners – Unlike a wood burning stove or fireplace, wood pellet stoves use thermostats to control temperature, and burn settings to control how much fuel should be burned. Unlike a regular wood stove or fireplace, a wood pellet stove is designed to heat on demand, so when the correct temperature is achieved the unit shuts down saving fuel.
• Efficiency – Depending on the unit, wood pellet stoves can provide between 8000 to 90,000 BTU per hour. There is a wood pellet stove for pretty much any application – wood pellet stoves are made for larger houses, or smaller condominiums. Some pellet stoves are rated up to 91% efficient! When choosing a stove, be sure to fit the stove’s specs with your needs, as well as the square footage of your home.
• Clean burning – Wood Pellet stoves often do not require a chimney. Since they burn off very little pollutants they do not require ventilation. However, if you prefer, they can be easily vented. In most cases, an expensive chimney installation is not required. As far as odor is concerned, the pellet fuel and the pellet stoves provide fewer odors than other models of wood burning units.
• Load her up – Rates of refuelling your wood pellet stove vary depending on the model that you purchase and the demand you place upon it. Pellet stove hoppers can hold up to 130 lbs of fuel and will provide fuel between 2-7 days. Some models can even be controlled via a mobile phone.
• Clean pellets make clean fuel – Wood pellets are clean to use and leaves less than .5% ash to dispose of. Wood pellets contain only sawdust and wood chippings that are bonded together by high pressure and the woods’ own natural binder, lignin.
• Convenience – Wood Pellets can be purchased in easy to handle bags or in bulk and are guaranteed quality with very low moisture content (No need to season wood). Pellet fuel produces more heat (5kwh/kg) per kilo than using conventional logs at (2-4kw/kg.) There is no need to store firewood years before you use it. Waterproof bulk storage containers are also now available.
Wood Pellet Stoves: What are Your Needs?
Like any wood stove, you must first take an inventory of your needs. How large is the area you plan to heat? Do you require a chimney? What extras fit your needs?
A good starting point of information is that a 60,000 btu unit can heat an approximately 2000 square foot space
As with any heating unit, learn as much as you can online before visiting local dealers. Learn the terminology and gain a basic understanding of wood pellet stoves. Once you have done this, you then have the power of forcing salespeople to be straight with you. You never know when a small peice of education will assist you in spotting a lie.
When choosing any pellet or wood burning unit, it is important to select one that’s properly sized for the space to be heated. Always bring your floor plan with you when shopping for any wood burning unit. If a wood burner is too big, people tend to burn fires at a low smolder to avoid overheating their space. Not only does this waste fuel, but is also a large contributor of air pollution. In contrast, an under-sized unit has no way of providing the adequate heat the space requires.
You must also consider the replacement costs and availability of wearable parts for any wood stove.
If you appreciate wood heat but don’t want the extra work of collecting and storing firewood, wood pellet stoves could be for you!