There are many options for heating the home. But there is nothing like relaxing in front of a real fire. While many people are put off from having real fire stoves due to the work involved, thankfully pellet stoves are cleaner, powerful and more efficient than ever. Let’s look at some of their advantages.
Advantages of Pellet Stoves
In colder climates, heating can account for a substantial part of a homeowner’s annual utility bill. Efficient, modern pellet stoves are becoming an increasingly attractive option for home heating to today’s homeowners. They can be freestanding or inserts that can fit inside of an existing fireplace, pellet stoves provide the look and feel of a more traditional wood stove but operate more along the lines of a contemporary furnace.
Easy to Use
Fill the stove’s hopper with pellets, set it’s thermostat and prepare to relax. Although it looks like a more traditional fire, inside, pellet stoves are dynamic, high tech devices with circuit boards, thermostats and fans that work together to provide cleaner, more efficient heating for your home. Pellet stoves provide the best of both worlds – they heat your home much like a modern furnace while also providing a warm, cozy fire to gather around.
Pellets are well known for burning clean as they burn extremely hot. This is down to two main factors, the combustion mechanics and consistency of the pellets. They are incinerated at such high temperatures, vent-clogging creosote is practically eliminated as are ash and emissions. Compared to burning wood in a stove, they are far cleaner as less particulate enters the air – indoors and out.
Another reason the pellets are cleaner is lack of moisture. The moisture content in pellets is less than 8% thanks to the compression that takes place during manufacture. Bear in mind that wood has in the region of 20% to 30% moisture. When the fuel is drier it offers more heat. In comparison to wood stoves and the 5 grams of particulates they give off, the pellet stove gives off less than 1 gram per hour of particulates.
Burning pellets are also better for the environment compared to wood. Pellets are made from wood shavings, peanut shells, sawdust and walnut shells that have been recycled. The pellets are formed after the recycled elements are ground up, then compressed and finally extruded. To this effect, they turn waste that would otherwise be distributed in landfills into a product that heats the home.
High Heat Efficiency
Pellet stoves offer superb heat efficiency thanks to their combustion efficiency. The combustion efficiency is the measurement of the fuel converted into energy by the appliance with the pellet stove typically offering up to 90% efficiency. This is going to vary depending on the make of pellet stove with some offering around 75% overall efficiency. Therefore it can pay to compare the efficiency of different makes before buying. Compared to older wood stoves that have not been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pellet stoves are about twice as efficient when heating your home
Just as with any type of home heating, pellet stoves do require some maintenance and homeowner care. One of the differences to this type of fire is that the stove is more complex than the traditional wood burning stove, However, it also has many more things in its favor when compared to the wood burning stove. Unlike wood burning stoves, the burn pot of the pellet stove should be carefully examined on a daily basis to ensure everything is in order. The burn pot will need to be cleaned out weekly, along with the drawer that collects the small amount of ash from the pellets. Many homeowners find it convenient to take out a service contract on their pellet stoves, just like any other high tech appliance in their home.
Many Look and Feel Options to Match Your Decor
There are numerous look and feel options or designs for pellet stoves so there is one to suit all aesthetics. Stoves come with soft and elegant looks, rugged looks, in cast iron, painted steel, even in different colors. Pellet stoves can be free standing or set into a wall or alcove. They come with small viewing windows or larger viewing windows. If you want a pellet stove to get that “real fire” look choose one with a large viewing glass. To improve the flame effect you can put ceramic logs in and this will help disperse flames.They can be circular, boxed shape or oblong. They are designed in glass, stone and/or ceramic. There really is a pellet stove to suit everyone’s home.
Call CalStove Today!
These are just a few of the advantages of choosing pellet stoves for your home heating needs. Call CalStove today to learn more about pellet stoves. We have locations throughout Northern California to serve you!