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Pellet Stoves

History of the pellet stove
Pellet stoves were introduced into the market place as an alternative source of heat during the oil crises of 1973.  Consumer acceptance quickly created a big demand for the stoves as well as the pellet fuel to fuel the stoves.  No longer was it necessary to store, large amount of wood, three to five cords, just to get through the winter. Instead you could go to your local store and buy a ton or bag of pellet in convenient forty-pound bags and store the pellet bags in your garage or cover them in the back yard.  Clean, simple, no dirt, no bugs, and only have to refuel the pellet stove once or twice a day were all factors in favor of pellet stoves.  Today there is a large selection of pellet stoves from many different manufactures to choose from.  Allowing to choice a product that will bend in with your home décor and your budget. Pellet stoves have become a product of choice by many consumers who were seeking a product that would save them on their heating cost and still be attractive in their home.

Why a Pellet Stove for an alternative source of heat.
Most homes in the United States are built with a central heat source, using Oil, Gas, or Electricity.  In recent years energy cost have increased so many times, that the heat bill is taking a larger and larger portion of the family budget just to stay warm.  Many people turn down the thermostat to a lower temperature, trying to save money at the expense of being uncomfortable, or even risk extra doctor expense with the family members becoming ill.  Zone heating can make a big difference in the heating budget, simply heat one room well and stay comfortable.  Pellet stoves fall into the zone heating category as it heat the room in which the stove is located, and then some of the heat will flow into the adjacent rooms.  The cost of pellet fuel per BTU (British Thermal Unit) can be considerably less then other fuel costs.

Ease of installation
Many homeowners will install the pellet stove they have purchased, as the stove does not have to vent through the roof.  The normal installation can be done by simply cutting a hole in the side of the home to correspond with the exhaust on the back of the pellet stove, then installing a 3 or 4 inch pellet vent pipe through the wall through a wall thimble then put a cap on the end of the pipe.  This type of installation is the easiest and most common, but not the best way, because in case of power failure or stove failure the room can fill up with smoke as there is no place for the smoke to exhaust.  The pellet stove can use a variety of configuration for installation, which make the stove very versatile where as to where the stove can be located. Check out our article on Venting your pellet stove Pellet Stove Venting

How the Pellet stove works
The internal workings of most pellet stoves are usually fairly simple; there are two fans one for exhaust and one for the room air. One auger motor that physically moves the pellets through an auger shaft, and a sophisticated computer or circuit board to determine feed rates and fan speeds which will control the fire and heat output.  There are basically two types of feed systems one augers the pellets up and drops them into a burn pot, the second type feed the pellet into the bottom of the burn pot.  Both systems have advantages and disadvantages.  Basically the drop down into the burn pot type feed system eliminates the risk of the fire from burning back into the pellet fuel hopper.  The bottom feed system tends to keep the pot a lot cleaner as the waste is pushed up and out of the burn pot.  For more detail information on how the pellet stove works refer to coming soon

Ease of use
The cleanliness and ease of use for pellet stoves as compared to wood stoves is one of the primary reason people want to own pellet stoves.  Wood stove require a considerable amount of work just to have the fuel ready for the heating season. Wood Stove Fuelwhere pellet stoves use pellets stored in 40 pound plastic sack, which are easy to store and handle.  Readily accessible from feed stores, big box stores, and hearth stores. Wood stove in order to work have to heat up the iron from which they are made so it take a long time to get the wood stove hot enough to heat up or cool enough to stop heating a room.  Pellet stove use heat exchanger similar to most furnaces, this allows the heat exchanger to heat up and cool down fairly rapidly, thereby room temperature can be adjusted with in a few minutes instead of hours.  Most of the newer pellet stoves even have the capability to use thermostats to farther control the room temperature.