Answers to several frequently asked questions about Pellet Stoves.
What is a pellet stove?
Similar in appearance to a wood-burning stove, a pellet stove is a heating appliance that burns biomass fuels to create heat. Pellet stoves operate by slowly feeding fuel from a storage container called a hopper into the burn-pot, creating a steady flame.
How are pellet stoves fueled?
Pellet stoves are fueled by small, tube-shaped pellets that generally measure 1/4” in diameter and 3/4” in length. Pellets are a biomass product made of renewable substances including recycled wood waste and plant derivatives. When burned in a high efficiency pellet stove, a 40-lb bag of pellets can provide about 24 hours of steady heat for 1500 square feet of living space.
Where can I buy pellets?
Wood pellets are typically sold in 40-pound bags for between $4 and $7 depending on the type of wood used and availability. They can be purchased at hardware stores, farm and fleet stores, and in big box outlet stores. In some areas of the country, bulk delivery is also an option.
How many pellets will I need?
When burned in a high efficiency pellet stove, a 40-lb bag of pellets can provide about 24 hours of steady heat for 1500 square feet of living space.
What are the green benefits of heating with pellets?
Pellet stoves burn very clean and are considered carbon-neutral, with low outside air particulate emissions of between just 0.6 and 1.2 grams per hour. And, because pellet stoves produce less greenhouse gases than fossil fuel systems they are good are a good choice for those committed to protecting the environment. They also help homeowners get closer to “living off the grid” and produce less greenhouse gases than fossil fuel systems.
Are there any other benefits of heating with a pellet stove?
Yes! Pellet stoves can also help your family save on heating bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the cost of heating by pellet is well below oil, propane or electric. Interested in how much you could save? Check out the pellet fuel cost calculator here! Heating with pellets also offers the ability for your family to better to control heating costs since prices for pellets are much more predictable than that of propane, oil and natural gas.
How do I control the heat, does it take a lot of work?
Today’s stove technology is advanced. Many feature programmable thermostats that adjust heat output and control room temperature automatically –a few simple adjustments by the homeowner and the stove does the rest!
How do I know which pellet stove is right for my home?
When considering a pellet stove for your home, it’s important to remember one size does not fit all. A stove too large for the heat demand of your house may operate with slow, smoldering fires much of the time to avoid overheating the room, and an undersized stove can be damaged by frequent over-firing to keep up with heat demand. To find the stove that best suits your particular home and heating needs, it’s best to consult with a pellet stove dealer.