Pellet Stoves use compressed wood waste or “pellets” to produce a very hot and clean burn. Pellets are recycled bio-mass wastes such as wood shavings, sawdust, and corn (among others). They are a natural, renewable, and environmentally friendly fuel source. Generally this option is more economical than heating with electricity, oil or propane. The cost of a pellet stove is an investment that can pay for itself in time due to fuel savings.
Here are some advantages and facts about Pellet Stoves and their fuel:
- Considered the most efficient stoves available. Efficiency ratings range between 75 and 90%.
- Pellets are sold in 40 pound bags that are easy to stack and store. Eighty cubic feet per ton is required to store the bags. To produce the same amount of heat with firewood, you would be required to store one hundred and twenty eight cubic feet in comparison.
- One bag of pellets can last sixteen hours or more before needing to reload.
- Lowers our dependence on oil.
- Pellets are a consistent fuel source and when matched with the combustion mechanics from the stove, a clean burn more efficient than wood is produced.
- Low pollutant emissions compared to wood stoves, which emit hundreds of different pollutant types into the air.
- Pellets are safe and simple to use.
- Generally Pellets are more economical and can generate more heat than gas.
- Can work during a power outage when using a battery backup system or generator.
- Thermostat and program options available.
- Pellet stoves can be vented through a small hole in the wall, replacing the need for an entire chimney.
- Pellet stoves don’t produce smoke and are heat safe. You could have a pellet stove one or two inches away from a wall with no fire hazard threat. Excellent choice for homes with children or pets.