Heating is one of the biggest problems for colder countries, so to stay warm and cozy people are moving towards Pellet Stoves- they are Robust, energy efficient, environment-friendly and provide a very cozy environment in cold weather. As we know that heating costs almost one-third of total billings, and particularly in cold areas of the world, that’s why people are more tended to buy pellet stoves.
Pellets are made particularly from sawdust or wood waste, it has very low moisture content in it. Hence it burns efficiently as compared to the firewood which may contain up to 20% or more moisture content depending upon the locality.
Pellet stoves look like a wood stove but work as a modern furnace, with no smoke or ash of any sort. These stoves can easily fit inside the already existing fireplace; it is the modern solution to stay warm. Pellet stoves are easy to operate. At the top of the stove, you fill the hopper with pellets, set the thermostat to your liking, and enjoy the warmth of pellet stove.
Important Stuff to know before buying
- Pellet stoves can be costly depending on the certain brand. However a ComfortBilt Pellet Stove is affordable for most households across the US and Canada.
- Cost of the stove varies with equipment, size, and quality.Installation of a Pellet stove is a relatively tough job. We always recommend you hire a professional for the installation.
- Maintenance of Pellet stove once installed, is comparatively easy. You just have to clean the ash pan once every two weeks (depends on the usage). Pellets are mostly easily available at any local hardware store, and not very expensive to buy.
Energy efficiency as compared to the wood stove
According to the experts as compared to the wood stove, pellet stove burns almost 65 to 85 percent of the fuel i.e. pellets as compared to wood stove which makes a lot of mess and isn’t as environment-friendly. Latest Pellet stoves are equipped with the electrical circuits which ignite the pellets, a thermostat so that you can adjust the heat to your liking, and blowers to ensure the event flow of hot air throughout the house.
Why should you invest in a pellet stove?
- Here we have a few pros and cons, compared to its biggest rival wood stove.
- Pellet stove automatically feeds the burner with pellets depending on the thermostat. Whereas wood stove needs to be fueled up every 3 to 4 hours.
- Pellets are easily available in the market, whereas the availability of firewood can be difficult sometimes (depending upon the severity of weather).
- Pellet stove does not need a chimney for the ventilation system, instead, a vent pipe is installed and exhaust is blown through it.
Safety of a pellet stove
- Should be at least 3 feet or more away from wooden furniture and must be placed somewhere where children do not have easy excess.
- Ventilation must be properly installed and it must be tightly sealed so that no exhaust gases could come in.
- It must be placed onto a noncombustible surface, stone or bricks are highly recommended.