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Lean, Green, Pellet Burning Machine

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 01, 2010

The increase in greener supplies and appliances is greater than ever now. With the pollution of the air and Earth itself, old traditional appliances are going more environmental friendly. And here at The Fireplace Showcase we strive to satisfy our customers to the fullest. Our pellet stoves are relatively versatile appliances. They are self-igniting and cycle themselves on and off via thermostat. Some of our stoves, with automatic ignition, can be equipped with a remote control.

An advantage of a pellet stove is if properly cleaned and maintained they do not create creosote, the sticky, flammable substance that causes chimney fires. Pellets burn very cleanly and create only a layer of fine fly-ash as a byproduct of combustion. The grade of pellet fuel used affects the performance and fly-ash output. The premium grade pellets produce less than one percent ash, while low grade pellets produce up to three percent ash. Pellet stove users should be aware of the extra maintenance required with a lower grade pellet, and that inconsistent wood quality can cause serious effects to the electronic machinery over a short period of time.

Now you may be wondering, “what is pellet fuel?” well pellet fuel is made from compacted sawdust, wood chips, bark, agricultural crop waste, waste paper, and other organic materials. Some pellet fuel appliances can burn a wide variety of biomass fuels, including nutshells, corn kernels, small wood chips, barley, beet pulp, sunflowers, dried cherry pits, and soybeans. This makes The Fireplace Showcase’s pellet stoves one of the greenest fires producers out there.

Unlike wood stoves which operate exclusively on a principle of chimney draft, a pellet stove must use a specially sealed exhaust pipe to prevent exhaust gases escaping into the living space. Pellet stoves require certified double walled venting with a stainless steel interior and galvanized exterior. Because pellet stoves have a forced exhaust system, they have the advantage of not always requiring a vertical rise to vent. Like a modern gas appliance, pellet stoves can be vented horizontally through an outside wall and terminated below the roof line, making it an excellent choice for structures without an existing chimney.

Wood Burning Stove buying tips

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wood Burning Stove buying tips

Interest in wood burning stoves has jumped recently due to their environmentally friendly reputation and for their “green” selling point for homes. In order to make the right buying decision, you have to do a bit of homework first. You will have to measure both the room in which the stove will be placed and where the stove itself will be located in that room; length, depth and height. There are many kilowatt calculators available on line you can use to determine how much heat output you need to heat the allotted space. This way you can look at only models with the correct output. Now the more aesthetic questions come into play. Will it be freestanding or inside a hearth? Do you want to see the fire? If so, you need to look for a model with a glass door. What color do you want? With the increased interest in wood burning stoves, the styles, materials used, and colors available have increased as well. They range from cast iron and stainless steel, to antique and modern. Do you want to use the stove with the doors open? Then look for one with a larger door opening. Do you want to use yours for cooking? Cook tops are available on many models.

When it comes to installing your new wood burning stove, this is best left to experts. Chimneys often need to be lined in order to avoid issues with soot and tar. Also, there needs to be enough clearance above and on the sides of the stove. Also, the flue needs to be the right size in order to allow for the safe elimination of smoke. When it comes to installation, the best tip is to call around to some experts and then let one of them install it.

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