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Answers to All Your Questions: Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

There are many reasons to own a pellet stove, but if you’ve never owned one, you might have questions. We put our heads together and answered the top 10 most common questions about pellet stoves. Read on!

Q: What is a pellet stove?
A: Pellet stoves are similar in appearance to free-standing wood stoves, but they burn pellets. Unlike wood stoves, pellet stoves require electricity to power the pellet auger and motor, and many models have backup battery systems in case of a power outage.

Q: What are pellets?
A: Pellets are renewable fuel made from compacted sawdust, wood chips, bark, or agricultural crop waste. They can be purchased in 40 lb. bags at fireplace dealers, nurseries, building supply stores, feed and garden supplies, and some discount merchandisers. In certain areas of the country, pellets can be purchased in bulk.

Q: Can a pellet stove heat my whole house?
A: Yes, depending on the size of your home and location of the stove. Before buying a stove, talk to your dealer about stoves appropriate for your home and square footage. Many homeowners zone heat certain areas with a pellet stove, which works in conjunction with their central furnace. Similar to the concept of a hybrid car, the pellet stove does the primary heating with the furnace as a backup – working together to gain efficiencies.

Q: How can I predict how many bags of pellets I’ll need?
A: When burned in a Quadra-Fire pellet stove, one bag of pellets can provide up to a full day of steady heat. On average, a winter’s supply of pellets is 100 to 150 bags (2-3 tons), depending on your climate, home size, and lifestyle variations.

Q: Will a pellet stove help me save money?
A: Yes, especially if you heat your home with propane or fuel oil. Calculate your approximate savings using this pellet fuel savings calculator.

Q: Are pellet stoves easy to use?
A: Yes. Innovative technologies have made pellet stoves very convenient to use. For example, many models have smart, programmable thermostats that adjust heat output and control room temperature.

Q: Do pellet stoves require maintenance?
A: Yes, pellet stoves require simple maintenance to keep them running their best. This includes periodically cleaning ash out of the burn chamber and the ash pan, scraping the burn pot, and keeping vital components free of ash. Once a year (or each time a ton of pellets has burned through it), your stove should be inspected.

Q: How efficient are pellet stoves?
A: Some pellet stoves are up to 89% efficient! Look for one with technologies that boost performance and efficiency, like Advanced Energy™ and Automatic Combustion Control™.

Q: Are pellet stoves green, as in environmentally friendly?
A: Yes. Pellets are a low carbon fuel, so by heating with them, you are contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Pellet stoves also emit extremely low outside air particulates and are a fraction of the cost of other renewable energy systems like solar panels, geothermal heat pumps and wind turbines.

Q: How much do pellet stoves cost?
A: The approximate cost for purchasing and having a pellet stove installed is about $3,100 and up. Actual costs will vary by the area of the country where you live, and the stove model you choose.

If you have a question not answered above, contact The Fireplace Showcase. Your local hearth expert would be happy to help you. Enjoy the fire!


Pellet Stoves Are Better for the Environment and Your Budget - Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

As the expenses for heating homes rise and the complications of climate changes increase, more and more homeowners are looking for an environmentally-friendly heating alternative that will also fit their budget. Due to the advances in technology, there are many more choices for homeowners to keep homes warm and comfortable during winter. However, not all are equal. While some heating options are best for new construction, some are ideally suited for retrofitting existing homes. One of these options is pellet stoves in Seekonk, MA.

If you are looking for a safer and cleaner way to heat your home, pellet stoves are a good bet because they use renewable energy as fuel. Pellets are made of compressed wood byproducts and other biomass materials. This means that there are less particulates in the smoke as it is released into the air so the waste going into the environment is greatly reduced. Using these free-standing pellet stoves reduces home energy costs, because pellet fuel is not expensive.

Heating with pellet stoves is more convenient when the temperatures drop and you want to stay comfortable and warm. It takes just a few minutes to start-up a pellet stove. The auger automatically feeds pellets into the burn pot as needed. All you need to do is fill the hopper daily. You no longer have to hassle with handling firewood and tending the fire.

Many homes can be heated almost entirely with a pellet stove. To find out more about pellet stoves for your home, visit The Fireplace Showcase.

Wood Pellet Stoves are a Cost-effective, Energy-Efficient, and Environmentally Friendly Alternative Heating Technology – Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 19, 2014

An alternative way to heat your home is with the use of pellets instead of gas, oil, or other fossil fuels. Wood pellets are made out of recycled and compressed sawdust, bark, wood chips, and other agricultural waste and organic byproduct that normally end up in a landfill. By turning this organic material into wood pellets, waste in the environment is being reduced while you reap the benefit from the heat that these wood pellets produce.

Wood pellet stoves in Providence, RI rank high in combustion and heating efficiency, generating heat without compromising comfort and convenience. The heating qualities of pellet stoves may be underestimated by some, but their compact size makes them very convenient to operate while providing enough heat to keep you warm all winter.

Using pellet stoves for heat can decrease your energy bills and make your home heating more efficient, all while helping the environment. Pellet stoves are environmentally friendly because they are the cleanest among solid fuel-burning residential heating appliances available in Providence. This is why they are considered a more cost-effective and energy-efficient means of keeping your home warm in the winter.

To find out more about wood pellet, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Pellet Stoves have Advantages in Cost and for the Environment - Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 05, 2014

Pellet stoves in Seekonk, MA serve as a supplemental or primary source heat in many homes during the winter which is much less expensive then heating with traditional fossil fuels. Pellet stoves look like wood stoves but rather than burning wood logs, they burn wood pellets which is made from wood scrap. Pellet stoves actually use recycled sawdust, wood shavings, corn shells, and other similar bio-mass waste thereby helping reduce waste in the environment while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Over time, pellet stoves can pay for themselves because you will save money on heating over the course of a few winters. Pellets are poured into the “hopper” and in many models can burn for an entire day or two. This means they require less work and maintenance than wood stoves as well.

The consistency of pellet fuel allows pellet stoves to generate heat at lower cost, with much less ash and less smoke. Once the pellets are loaded into the hopper, they are transferred to the heating chamber at a controlled rate. There is also a built-in thermostat that gauges the heat level keeping your home consistently warm.

Pellet stoves are available as either freestanding or as pellet stove inserts. For information on the right style and size pellet stove for your home, visit The Fireplace Showcase.

Pellet and Wood Stove Federal Tax Credit

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 18, 2013

If you bought a new wood stove or pellet stove in 2012 or are thinking about buying one now, the Federal Tax Credit for Wood Stoves was Reinstated for 2013 and Retroactive to 2012.

Last year’s federal tax credit of $300 was reinstated for all wood and pellet stoves and inserts that are at least75% efficient.

Homeowners can use the tax credit towards the purchase price and the cost of professional installation of a new wood stove, pellet stove or fireplace insert.

The Federal Biomass Tax Credit provides for a 10% tax credit up to $300 for wood and pellet stoves bought in 2013 and it is retroactive, so that all eligible stoves purchased in 2012 can also get the credit.

If you purchased a wood or pellet stove or insert in 2012 and did not take advantage of this tax credit, you can still take advantage. If you are in the market for a new biomass stove or fireplace insert, the tax credit is valid through December 31, 2013.

For more information on the tax credit or on the best wood or pellet stove or insert for your home, contact the Fireplace Showcase.

Wood Stoves and Inserts are Environmentally Friendly

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 06, 2012

Many believe that fireplaces and wood stoves, even though cozy, may not be great for the environment. But this is not necessarily true. All you need is the right equipment and proper burning techniques.

1. If you have a traditional fireplace, consider a fireplace insert. A fireplace insert is like a wood-burning stove that fits right into your fireplace. EPA-certified models burn 70% more efficiently than an open fireplace.
2. Upgrading to new equipment could save you money. If your fireplace insert or stove was made before 1992, you might want to consider a newer, EPA-certified model. These stoves and inserts not only produce less smoke and soot, they're also 50% more efficient than traditional models. So, you'll end up spending less on fuel.
3. Burn the right kind of fuel. The cooler your fire, the more particulate emissions and soot it produces. Ensure that your fire is hot enough by using only wood that has been "seasoned" for at least a year, and hard woods burn hotter than soft woods. Most importantly, never burn wet wood. Pellet stoves generally burn cleaner than wood.
4. Skip the home chimney-cleaning remedies. For newer model fireplace inserts and stoves, a professional chimney inspection and sweeping about every two years is recommended, or one cleaning for every cord of wood burned. But if you have older equipment, or if you regularly burn wood that isn't properly seasoned, you could end up needing a sweeping much more frequently.

Increasingly more and more homeowners are using pellet stoves and wood burning stoves and inserts as a primary source of heat. For more information on these products, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Buy Your Pellet Stove from a Local Hearth Shop

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pellet stoves are an excellent way to reduce heating costs, especially if you heat with oil, propane or electricity. In addition to the savings, a pellet stove will enable you to heat your home without fossil fuels, which significantly decreases your home heating bills.

Pellet stoves are fully automatic which is a huge attraction, but this makes them need to be cleaned regularly. One of the best services that stove and hearth companies provide is to teach owners how to clean their own pellet stove and troubleshoot minor problems.

You may have done your research and decided on the pellet stove you want for your home. But there is decision to be made now. Where do you want to buy it? Buying your pellet stove from a local stove dealer is surely worth your while, here is why.

All pellet stoves require routine maintenance and the store where you buy your pellet stove will become your default service provider. If service after the sale is important to you, then you need to buy your pellet stove from a dealer with a good reputation, like Fireplace Showplace. It is  important to choose the right stove dealer, contact us.

Heat your Home for a Fraction this Winter Pellet Stoves - Pellet Stoves, MA, RI

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Cooler weather is fast approaching. Have you got your pellets yet? Better question: Have you got your new pellet stove yet?

Consistent, efficient, and responsible heat is what you get from pellet stoves. Breckwell Pellet stoves offer the penetrating warmth and captivating flames unique to wood heat, yet with clean operation and all the convenience of a modern appliance. They look like a woodstove but they burn wood and/or corn pellets. You pour a bag of pellets into the stove and the pellets slowly move down an auger into a burn pot where they ignite. It couldn’t be easier or more efficient.

Fireplace Showcase has Breckwell pellet stoves and inserts on special right now.

Pellet stoves and inserts are very efficient, 75% to 90% overall efficient, and have a BTU output content 4-5 times higher than cord wood. Pellet stoves are a good option for those without a fireplace or chimney because they can often be vented through a small hole in the wall.

Now about pellets. Eden pellets are $199/ton at Fireplace Showcase. You won’t find a better price for a comparable pellet. Heat your home for the winter with a much smaller heating bill.

To put it in perspective, an average pellet stove will use from 1-3 tons of pellets per year. Pellets are often less expensive than cord wood, and of course with pellets, you also save on the time and energy needed to stack and carry the wood. Pellets can be stored in only 1/3 the space needed for cord wood.

Contact Fireplace Showcase in Seekonk to see the Breckwell pellet stove that is right for your home.

Advantages of Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pellet stoves are the perfect way to enjoy a nice, cozy fire while increasing heat efficiency. They offer an alternative means for heating your house. Pellet stoves combine beauty with convenient, user-friendly operation, and powerful heating. And, are helping the energy conscious home owner reduce home heating bills and bring ambiance to their living space.

Pellet stoves are traditionally compared to the wood burning stove, because the heat they put out is similar, but many believe that pellet stoves offer some advantages over traditional wood stoves.

The main advantage is the fact that pellet stoves are easy to load as compared to wood burning stoves. The pellets themselves are small and can be stored in a small space efficiently, whereas wood needs to be stacked and hauled, and needs a large space to be stored. Pellets burn very hot therefore they create very little ash because they burn very efficiently.

Pellet stoves run on electricity. The hopper electronically feeds the pellets into the stove and can be programmed to evenly and consistently dispense the pellets, so in effect; pellet stoves can be programmed to burn at an even rate and can remain at a consistent temperature over time which is a huge advantage.

Overall pellet stoves can save people quite a bit of money in regions where heating costs are typically higher than in other parts of the country. To take your time making an educated decision on your home heating options this fall, call Fireplace Showplace today.

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