By “cleaner,” we mean less ash or maybe a higher efficiency. So, let’s define a couple of terms first. Ashes: The quality of the wood, the moisture content, and the wood species will all affect the amount of ash from burning cordwood. On the other hand, pellets are a manufactured fuel. Since the moisture content…Read More about What burns cleaner, wood or pellets?
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You probably will have a few options for venting a pellet stove. Most pellet stoves require type “L” vent pipe. Many will have a 4” vent pipe requirement. L-vent uses a small air space between a stainless steel inner pipe and a galvanized outer pipe. Since the exhaust on pellet equipment is pressurized, all joints…Read More about How do I properly vent my pellet stove?
Pellet inserts must be vented vertically through the existing fireplace chimney. The existing chimney is used as a conduit for a 4” stainless steel liner. This liner is connected to the top of the insert, installed up the chimney and terminated with a special adapter and termination cap on top. Note that many pellet inserts…Read More about How do I vent my pellet insert?
It’s all about the BTU’s! The more BTU’s, the more heat you’ll enjoy. And, this is easily controlled by how fast the pellets are burned. The faster the burn rate, the more BTU’s are produced. The more fuel you’re using, the more heat you’re getting. Your pellet stove or insert will have a range of…Read More about How do I know how much space my pellet stove will heat?
This answer depends on several factors, such as: 1) your lifestyle, 2) quick and easy access to a wood supply, 3) the amount of time you can devote to cutting, splitting, hauling and stacking wood, 4) installation details, 5) cost, and other considerations. Let’s talk about cost first. A pellet stove vs. a wood stove…Read More about Pellet stoves vs. wood burning stoves . . . . which is better?
If power is interrupted, by Mother Nature or a little one unplugging the appliance, your pellet equipment will not function. When power is off, there will be no additional fuel delivered to the burn pot, so any fire that’s burning will continue until it simply burns itself out. If there is some rise to the…Read More about What happens to my stove or insert if I lose power?
That depends on your electric rate and your specific model. Most pellet stoves and inserts will use between 200 watts and 500 watts per hour. Generally speaking, if you’re paying between 8ȼ - 10ȼ/kwh, expect to pay about 2 ½ȼ - 3ȼ/per hour to operate the electric motor, fan and circuit board. That would translate…Read More about How much electricity will I use for my pellet insert or stove?
Common sense goes a long way when it comes to heating devices. It doesn’t matter if it’s a forced air furnace, a wood burning fireplace or stove, a boiler system or for that matter the toaster in your kitchen! Properly installed, operated and regularly maintained equipment will avoid potentially dangerous scenarios. Do not install equipment…Read More about How dangerous are pellet stoves?
Pellet stoves and inserts need to be plugged into a 120-volt outlet. The “brains” of the stove (the circuit board) as well as the fans on the equipment and the auger (or pellet feed mechanism) are reliant on electricity to operate. However, there are manufacturers that have battery back-up systems available for specific models. If…Read More about Will a pellet stove run without electricity?
This has everything to do with the heat setting or the “burn rate” on your stove or insert. One pound of wood pellets will produce approximately 8,000 BTUs of heat. So, if you are burning pellets on the “low” setting, say 1 ½ lb./hour (or 12,000 BTU), a bag will last about 26 hours. (40…Read More about How long will a 40 lb. bag of pellets last?
This article was last revised on July 18, 2022
It’s only natural to want a good deal when buying your pellet appliance. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the price you pay normally reflects the quality of performance and longevity of your appliance. Therefore, it’s better to look for a quality product that you can trust in terms of its performance level…Read More about How much does a good quality new pellet appliance cost?
There are a couple of ways to adjust the amount of heat. The rate at which the pellets are fed into the burn pot is one. A slower burn rate delivers fewer pellets to the burn pot, so less heat will be produced. The faster you burn pellets, the more heat you will enjoy. Also,…Read More about How do I regulate the heat output from my pellet stove or insert?
Your pellet appliance comes equipped with an ash drawer or an ash tray. Simply pull it forward, remove it and empty the ashes. Be careful and remember that the ash is “powdery” fine and can be easily blown around the room. It’s always a good idea to empty the ashes into an ash bucket with…Read More about How do I remove the ashes from my pellet stove?
This is a great question and should be one of the first things you discuss with your dealer. If you’re a person who does not like to get your hands dirty or procrastinates on regular maintenance items, do not buy a pellet stove! A gas model would be your best bet. But, if that description…Read More about How much maintenance will my pellet stove or insert require?
This depends on the amount of BTUs your pellet appliance produces. The great the level of BTUs/hour, the more heat will be generated and the more space it will heat. On full power, some pellet stoves can produce between 40,000 to 45,000 BTUs per hour. You can adjust the BTU output and turn it down…Read More about What’s the heating capacity for a pellet appliance?
Most models have an automatic ignition system designed into a circuit board. Simply turn your control to the “on” or “start” position. Keep in mind the moisture content in pellets is very low, so pellets are quite easy to ignite. Depending on your model, an ignitor rod, a hot surface ignitor or glow plug are…Read More about How does my pellet stove light?
If we’re going to compare pellets to cordwood on the “Messy Scale”, pellets win, hands down! Pellets are packaged in easy to handle, 40 lb. bags, much like water softener salt. There are no bugs, no dirt and no bark to constantly be cleaning up. Bags easily stack on top of each other. Both cordwood…Read More about Are pellets messy or convenient to use?
Pellet stoves are environmentally friendly and easy to use, which means they’re very popular today! The pellets they burn are made from recycled materials. They’re also very efficient when it comes to generating heat and this will help to keep your bills lower. Also, you can install them in areas where it wouldn’t be possible…Read More about What benefits will I get from using pellets as a fuel source?
First and foremost: Keep ‘em dry! And, preferably inside the garage, shed, basement or utility room if you can. Pellets can be purchased in bulk, but most customers buy pellets in convenient 40 lb. bags. Dealers will sell individual bags, but as a homeowner your best value is to purchase pellets by the ton. That…Read More about What’s the best way to store the wood pellets?
Unless you’re going to connect your pellet appliance to your existing masonry chimney or to a factory-built stainless steel chimney, most pellet appliances need a 3″ or 4″ type “L” vent pipe. Depending on the location of your appliance, these can be installed vertically or through a side wall.Read More about What kind of chimney or venting system does my pellet appliance need?
Manufacturers of pellet equipment will provide a warranty. These warranties will vary a bit from each manufacturer, but most covers several years for specific components, or a limited lifetime. Details will be spelled out in the owner’s manual. Always ask about the warranty before a purchase is made. Warranties are precisely why you should buy…Read More about How reliable are pellet stoves?
Pellet stoves look like a gas or a wood burning stove. But they operate much differently. There is a hopper that’s located on the back side of the stove that serves as a storage bin for the pellets. Lift the lid on this hopper and pour in the pellets. The size of this hopper will…Read More about How do pellet stoves work?
Manufacturers of pellets produce a standard or premium grade of fuel. There is an accredited program that is designed to help homeowners identify consistently reliable pellets from producers. A quality mark has been established by the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI) Standards Program. Pellet manufacturers that choose to participate in this program are subject to regular,…Read More about What should I look for when I shop for pellets?
Wood pellets are made by recycling wood waste. It’s a fantastic way to keep tons of waste out of landfills and create an efficient fuel! According to the Pellet Fuel Institute, there are over 1,000,000 homes in the USA and Canada that use pellets to stay comfortable in the winter. Most pellets are made from…Read More about How are pellets made?
The literature for most pellet stoves and inserts today list efficiencies in the range of the low 70% to the low 80% range. Because of the fine ash when burning pellets, it is very important to clean the stove on a regular basis. This ash collects on the heat exchange tubes and other surfaces in…Read More about How efficient are pellet stove and inserts?