With gas prices continuing to rise, many individuals are looking for other strategies to heat their homes. If you are looking for an ideal alternative heat source this winter, check out wood pellet stoves or pellet stove inserts. Pellet stoves and pellet inserts are very simple to operate and very efficient. They burn small compressed pellets of wood, which burn more efficient and cleaner than most wood burners. Wood pellet stoves are a freestanding stove, while pellet inserts are ones that go with an existing Electric fireplace.
The wood pellets will be made up of excess sawdust or wood waste from companies such as furniture manufacturers. Did recognize that there are millions of tons of wood waste available in the You.S. and Canada alone? Imagine a little of that and making it wood pellets. By doing so, we are creating an environmentally friendly source of heat that would otherwise just go to waste. Pellets can also be comprised of corn, or walnut and peanut shells.
Since the pellets are compressed, they have a very high density, and burn much more efficient and longer than only wood. Heating your home with pellets instead of wood can seem more expensive, because pellets may cost $130 to $200 per ton, compared with $100 to $175 per cord of wood. However, may even spot career end up going through about 3-4 cords of wood a year, while a wood pellet stove may go through 1-3 tons of pellets. Plus, the wood contains moisture that doesn’t burn. Wood pellets actually have most of the moisture compressed associated with your it. Most people don’t enjoy carrying and stacking wood. Pellets come in 40 LB. sacks that take up a third of the space to a cord of wood.
Wood pellet stoves and pellet inserts have a bin which is called a “hopper”. The hopper is located at the top or the bottom of the stove, and can hold between 35 to 130 pounds of pellets. A single load of pellets final you up to 2 days, depending on over all size of the hopper. Put on weight an auger the turns, and forces the pellets into the firebox, where they burn. Most stoves have 2 settings, others have a thermostat handle the flame and level of heat. Once the pellets are lit, a blower sends air through and around them. This air keeps the fire going, burning steadily and systematically. Dangerous combustible gases are drawn outside through a vent by way of the blower, which creates vacuum pressure.