Reasons to Install a Pellet Stove or Insert
Pellet stoves provide a cost-effective heating solution for homeowners in especially frigid climates, where about one-third of the annual cost for utilities goes toward heating. These appliances are the product of smart innovation. They provide the look of a wood stove but perform more like a modern furnace. Pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts burn wood but in the form of small, highly compact pellets that burn with incredible efficiency.
What is a Pellet Stove or Insert?
Pellet stoves and top rated pellet fireplace inserts are heating appliances similar to wood stoves; but, rather than burning logs, they burn biomass pellets made of wood milling byproducts. The pellets are slowly fed through a hopper into a burn pot area, keeping a constant flame going that requires almost no physical adjustments for up to 36 hours at a time. The efficiency factor of a wood stove can be as high as 90%, which is far superior to the efficiency of fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and basic wood stoves. That is just one of the reasons to have a pellet stove or insert installed in your home.
For any homeowner who is interested in choosing heating methods that are environmentally friendly, there are no better appliances than pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts. The fuel is actually material that would otherwise be thrown out with the trash, if not used to make wood pellets. The approximately1-inch to 1.5-inch pellets are made with sawdust, scrap wood, bark, and other wood byproducts. Almost no ash is produced in a pellet stove. The pellets are a bit less efficient when too much bark is used in the making of the pellets, and you can recognize the presence of excess bark by higher production of ash from the flames.
The efficiency with which the pellets are burned is remarkable. A big part of the reason the pellets burn so completely is the overall design of pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts. These appliances are unrestricted because of the small amount of smoke they produce.
Your utility costs will be cut considerably if you use a pellet stove or insert to heat your home in winter. The component which sets pellet stoves apart from traditional wood stoves and fireplaces is the convection feature. A forced combination of hot and cool air currents is created in the stove and convection is the transmission of the resulting heat.
To burn wood logs involves cutting or buying firewood, drying the firewood for months, and hauling the wood into your home, sometimes complete with insects and other critters. Compare the traditional method with burning pellets. The biomass pellets are available in 40-pound bags which can be neatly stacked. They must be kept dry. Other than that, heating your home with a pellet stove is about as simple as pouring pellets into the hopper. Whereas fireplaces and wood stoves should be closely monitored, for safety reasons, pellet stoves are hands-free sources of heat for many, many hours, depending on how many pellets fit into your hopper.
Additional convenient features of pellet stoves follow:
- Pellet stoves don’t take up as much space as traditional wood stoves.
- Pellet stoves are easy to install, when compared to wood stoves.
- Pellet stoves are available in portable window units that are simple to install.
- For installation, a standard 3” pellet chimney pipe works or, for distances over 12 feet, 4” pipes are recommended.
There are many beautiful styles of pellet stoves to choose from. Pellet inserts utilize an existing wood-burning appliance, and inserts also have aesthetic appeal. The only sacrifice, as far as appearance, with a pellet stove is that the flames are intense and quite unlike a lazy, crackling fire.
Contact us today for more information about pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts. Have one of these remarkable appliances installed in your home, to enjoy smaller heating bills in winter.