3 Reasons to Install a Pellet Stove or Pellet Fireplace Insert
Pellet stoves and pellet fireplaces are unique heating solutions in that they are fueled by small, highly compacted wood pellets. These innovative appliances are excellent heating solutions for homeowners who live in cold climates, where approximately one-third of annual utility costs go toward heating. If you are considering installing a fire product in your home, pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts are definitely worth a close look.
1 – Environmentally Friendly
The only fuel wood pellet stoves and fireplaces burn are wood pellets fashioned from:
- Biomass wood milling byproducts that would otherwise be discarded with the trash or
- Debarked logs that have been ground, dried, and compressed.
Pellets produce near complete combustion. The remarkable efficiency of a pellet stove or insert can be as high as 90% or more.
2 – Convenience
No need to buy, chop, haul, or store firewood, if you have a pellet-fueled appliance. The only fuel these stoves use is pellet fuel. The pellets are conveniently stored in neat stacks. It’s important not to allow them to get wet. The amount of space to store a cord of firewood is 128 cubic feet, whereas 80 cubic feet is all that is required for the amount of pellets that will produce the same amount of heat.
Forget about the constant need to monitor a fire in the fireplace if you have a pellet-fueled appliance. The following explains another reason pellet fireplace inserts and pellet stoves are truly convenient:
- A hopper is used to slowly feed the pellets into a burn pot area. A constant flame is kept going as pellets are automatically fed into the fire. For up to 36 hours running, virtually no physical adjustments are typically needed to keep the pellet stove or pellet fireplace burning and providing a significant amount of heat. The length of time the fire will continually burn unattended depends upon both the size of the hopper and the speed at which the fire is fed more pellets.
If you have to be away from your home for hours at a time, an ideal choice may be a pellet-fueled appliance.
Due to the excellent combustion of pellets, it is only necessary to clean out ashes from a pellet stove or pellet fireplace one a week or up to every five weeks, depending on level of usage.
3 – Cost-Cutting Efficiency
A pellet stove or pellet fireplace may be right for you if you are interested in cutting the cost of your utility bill during wintertime, particularly if there are frigid temperatures in winter where you live. A 2,000-square-foot home that is well insulated could be comfortably heated by nothing more than a standard 40,000-Btu pellet fireplace or pellet stove. With a pellet stove, you get the look of a wood stove but with the performance that is more comparable to modern furnaces.
If less heat output is needed, a pellet-fueled appliance that produces fewer Btu’s works well. Either way, you can cut off your central heating system and rely on the pellet fireplace or stove.
One more note about pellet stoves and fireplaces: A source that can provide a small amount of backup electricity is required for them to run during a blackout because they do require electricity to operate.
Contact our professionals today to have your pellet stove or fireplace installed or to schedule an annual inspection.
Northeastern Chimney, Inc.
37 Cody Street, West Hartford, CT 06110