Pros of Pellet Stoves
The Pros of Pellet Stoves
Pellet stoves were introduced into the market place over 25 years ago as an alternative to the traditional wood stove. Pellet stoves initially had to overcome the pellet supply problem as there were very few pellet mills to produce the pellets necessary to supply the pellets stoves. Pellet mills were initially slow to come on line as there were not enough pellet fuel demand to warrant the investment to build the pellet mill. These days are long gone as new pellet mills are continuously being built to keep up with the growing demand for pellets. The demand for pellets keep increasing to the point that pellets are now available in many convenience locations, from the local farm supply store, hearth product store, big chain stores from Wall Mart to Home Depot.
Pellet stove popularity has been fueled by the convenience of operation, as compared to a wood stove. Which requires cutting and splitting wood, while having to storing large quantities of wood as it is necessary to dry the wood for one year before the wood will burn efficiently. The pellet stove fuel comes in clean 40 pound bags that are free of insects and easy to store. Most consumers will use between 1 to 1.5 bags of pellets per day making it necessary to reload the pellet stove about once per day with a clean bag of pellets, as compared to walking out side to pick up another arm load of wood them carry the wood inside with bark and debris littering the home. Pellet stoves are usually easier to install then other wood or gas appliances as the venting system is more like what we associate with a clothes dryer vent. The exhaust vent can go straight thru the wall and terminate on the outside of the home, with only one hole to cut. Straight they the wall is the cheapest method to install a pellet stove, but not the only way. Pellet stoves are very versatile on how the stove can be vented, it is best to refer to the owner manual for all the details for any installation. A lot of home owners with standard hand tools have the knowledge and ability to install their own pellet stove, saving hundreds of dollars on the installation cost. Of course for those of you who are not comfortable with cutting holes in your home, many contractors are available to install the pellet stove for a fair price. Just be sure that all installations instruction are followed as well as all local building codes that might apply in your area. Many area of the United State also require a permit to be pulled, which will also assure you that your appliance has been installed correctly.
As the pellets are compressed into Pellet fuel almost all moisture is removed form the heat generated by the intense pressure that is applied to the raw material leaving less then 10% moisture content, as compared to dried wood of about 25 to 30% moisture content. Pellet stoves burn at very high temperatures, similar to what you would see in a blacksmith forge as fuel is feed on top with a blower bringing the air through the fuel producing an extremely hot fire with very high combustion efficiencies of 90 to 95%. As a result there is very little residue left over merely a small amount of ash that will need periodic cleaning and removable.
The consumer today has many styles and designs to choose from that can fit any home decor. Some pellet stoves have a very traditional look with cast iron outing, while other are more contemporary in design. There are also pellet stoves that have a more plain design to help reduce the cost of the stove, but still function as well as the more expensive units. Most of the newer pellet stoves are fully automatic, meaning that the stove can be operated just like a furnace, having the ability to be operated with a thermostat which turns the pellet stove off and on depending on the heat demand of the room.
As you can see, not only will a pellet stove heat your home, but pellet heat is affordable and environmentally friendly heating device. Gas and oil stoves release large amount of carbon into the air as it is burned. On the other hand pellet fuel are usually made from wood by-products such as sawdust. As the pellet burn it merely returns the carbon which its growing wood used back into the environment, there by being carbon neutral. By using pellet fuel stoves, a home in essence reduces the carbon being released into our atmosphere lessening the greenhouse effect.