Can wood be used in a pellet stove?
Pellet stoves can only burn wood in the form of pellets. Pellets are compressed forms of fuel and can be made from a number of materials, including wood. Pellet stoves cannot burn wood in the form of firewood logs or kindling.
Is a pellet stove as warm as a wood stove?
Pellet fuel appliances are more convenient to operate than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces, and some have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies. As a consequence of this, they produce very little air pollution. In fact, pellet stoves are the cleanest solid fuel, residential heating appliance.
What else can you burn in a pellet stove?
Some pellet stoves (called multi-fuel units) can burn various forms of pellet fuels, such as corn, hulled wheat, cherry pits, waste paper pellets and grass pellets. To prevent damage be sure to use only the fuel specified for your stove.
Pellets are slightly higher in price per year, though they burn longer than wood. In either case, according to the Department of Energy, you should expect to pay about $190 for a cord of wood or ton of pellets (at 6.5 cords or 7.5 tons of pellets per season, factoring in that a ton equals 1.5 cords).
The logs can be used in an open campfire, placed inside a chimenea or within a fire-pit. Grady says he's even used them in his wood stove!
Venting: Unlike wood stoves, pellet stoves do not need a chimney and can be vented out through a side wall. Many homeowners are able to install pellet stoves themselves as well. Pellet stoves can be hooked up to existing chimneys.
There's no doubt pellet stoves offer vast improvements over their wood-burning predecessors. They're much cleaner burning than woodstoves, but less so than gas furnaces. Because pellets are made from renewable resources, and may keep some mass out of landfills, they're usually considered a good environmental choice.
Other research has shown that the particles from pellet stoves, although fewer in number than from a log-burning stove, tend to be in the small fine particulate size range that are particularly damaging to health, since they penetrate into the deepest parts of the lungs and can enter the bloodstream.
Pellet Stoves: 25 Pros & Cons (Explained With Pictures)
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|High efficiency||Maintenance requirements|
|Clean burning||Fuel availability & cost|
A pellet stove can do a great job at heating a whole house if the right heat output stove is installed to suit the size of home. Pellet stoves that heat water for circulation around the house can often be a better solution compared to pellet stove that blow hot air when looking to heat a whole house.
Most BTU's ratings on pellet stoves are below 50,000 BTUs. Wood stoves, on the other hand, can be loaded with a fuel load that will burn modestly all night. Or, the adjustment of the air shutter, stoves that burn logs can burn with a very hot fire when the need arises.
Pellets are normally sold in 40 pound bags and average $5 per bag. The type of pellets and where you order them from also factor into price. Expect to pay anywhere from $4 to $9 for one 40 pound bag.
The shortage, is a nationwide problem caused by a slow down in the building trade and subsequently the scrap by-products used to manufacture pellets. The problem was compounded last year when rising propane heating costs lead to an increase in pellet stove sales.
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|La Crete||1.2 ton||$321|
|Maine's Choice||1 ton||$286|
Your premiums will likely increase if you have a wood-burning or pellet stove, but the increase is usually insignificant. You might see higher costs from wood stoves than from pellet types because wood-burning stoves cause far more residential fires.
That is 4,000 lb per cord and 25.5 mbtu. If you do the math it is 1.5 ton of pellets = 1 cord of wood.