One of the most energy-efficient ways of heating your home, a pellet stove offers many more benefits to its owners than disadvantages, according to an article “How Pellet Stoves Work,” from the HowStuffWorks website. A hot new trend in home heating, pellet stoves use compacted pellets of sawdust or other recyclable wood product as fuel to cheaply and efficiently heat your entire house. At Tri-County Hearth & Patio Center, we carry a large variety of different pellet and corn stoves, and we would like to share the benefits of these environmentally-friendly heating systems with you so you can see what all the rage is about.
● easy to operate
Every pellet stove is equipped with a feeding hopper, which needs to be loaded once a day. All you have to do is load the feeder with the pellets and ignite the flame or flip the switch, and you have started your pellet stove for the day. Some models even come with automated hoppers that can be pre-loaded and run on a thermostat. Pellets are very compacted and easy to store, as they come in a bag similar to the size of a bag of mulch, so you do not have to wear yourself out bringing in loads of firewood.
Causing less pollution due to the fact that there is a minimum of smoke because the fire is contained in a box inside the unit, you do not have to worry about excess ash residue or creosote build-up as you do regular wood-burning stoves, a relief if you worry about chimney fires. Another environmentally-friendly aspect of a pellet stove, the wood pellets themselves are made from recyclable materials, which are heavily compressed to reduce moisture content, allowing them to burn as dry fuel, creating more heat that burns cleaner and hotter. Considered to be carbon neutral by environmentalists, this means since the pellets are made from trees which lived on carbon, they cancel each other out and emit fewer pollutants.
Thanks to the compact size of the pellets, this fuel produces a lot of heat without creating much waste at all. At a fuel cost of $250 per ton and an efficiency rating of 85%, a pellet stove heat costs about $18 per million BTUs, according to the article “How Much Does It Cost to Run a Pellet Stove?” in the newspaper San Francisco Gate.
One of the biggest benefits of owning a pellet stove as your home’s main heating system, the pellets themselves are very inexpensive, and you do not have to buy an immense amount at a time as you do with firewood. As said earlier, a bag of pellets is about the size of a bag of mulch, so it is easily stored, even near your pellet stove, if you wish.
● large selection of sizes and styles
At Tri-County Hearth & Patio Center, we carry a wide variety of brands of pellet stoves, including Lopi, Avalon, Austroflamm, Englander, Kozi, and Hearthstone. Each brand offers different sizes and styles to fit your tastes and decor. Our certified technicians are also here to professionally install your choice of pellet stove in your home.
If you would like to know more about pellet stoves, contact Tri-County Hearth & Patio Center today to talk to our knowledgeable staff about how these benefits can revolutionize your home heating system.