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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!


July Pellet Special

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Buy your pellets now and save $5/ton on any orders over one ton. You know there will be a run on pellets soon, so buy your pellets now and save. This special is going on through July. At Fireplace Showcase we have New England Pellets and Eden Pellets.

New England Pellets: New England Wood Pellets are the most experienced and largest pellet manufacturer in the northeastern United States, they take a great deal of pride in the quality and craftsmanship that they put into making premium-grade pellets.

Their stringent quality standards apply to every pellet in every bag and exceed industry standards. And while their primary goal has been to constantly improve upon and evolve their premium wood pellets, one thing has never changed: their dedication to making not just the best performing wood pellets in America, but the most trusted, too.

Eden wood pellets: these pellets are half hard wood and half soft wood. Traditionally, hardwood has been the preferred fuel because it naturally has lower moisture content, is a denser fuel, burns longer, and has hotter coals.  Softwood is known for burning hotter initially, easy to light, having more pitch or sap, more sparks and sound as it burns, but burns up more quickly.  The pelletizing process takes away many of these differences. At Fireplace Showcase we make sure the products we sell have high quality standards.

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.

Pre Season Pellet Special at Fireplace Showcase

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A few years ago we witnessed the same dramatic increase in home heating oil prices that we are seeing right now and pellets and pellet stoves were being bought and installed at record rates. Forecasters are again predicting the slow and steady rise of oil and gas prices and as fuel prices increase there is an increase in the spring and summer sales of pellets and pellet stoves.

Take advantage of price savings on pellets at Fireplace Showcase. There are only 5 days left to take advantage of our pre-season pellet specialSave $20 per ton on New England Pellets.  This sale ends Saturday, April 30.

New England Pellet makes premium-grade pellets. Every pellet in the bag exceeds industry standards. They don’t just make the best performing wood pellets in America, but the most trusted, too. Come in to Fireplace Showcase and save big on wood pellets, sale ends Saturday.

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