Warming your house can be quite expensive, especially when you live in a colder climate. Traditional home heaters and air systems can cost an arm and a leg to install and continue to cost a lot to run. Though, there is an alternative method that is a substantial amount less and more efficient in providing heat for homes. Pellet stoves are this alternative; they heat homes efficiently for little to no cost.
These stoves take small pellets that are harvested from recycled bits of wood, or pellets. In addition, some pellet stoves can burn wood shavings and some of them, corn for fuel. The pellets are put in the stove, most of the time, towards the center, and are heated to produce a fire that lasts longer than most other materials. In addition, log fed pellet stoves are available to give the rustic look of natural burning wood.
Pellet stoves are like a fireplace because a fire is started to make heat that is then vented through the house. Some pellet stoves come windowless and just have a solid door to close the stove while the fire is burning. But, there are also units that allow one to to see the fire. Typically, these types have a window glass on the door to allow the owner to look through and see how many pellets have been burned and if the stove needs more. Furthermore, pellet stoves have a motor and system for dispersing the heat and making it clean and harmless to breathe in.
These types of stoves come in two types: top-fed and bottom fed. Prior to purchasing one, it is good to know which one is which.
* Top-Fed Pellet Stoves – These types, like the name, take the pellets, or wood through the top of the stove. This type of system reduces the risk of burning back but more of a chance of producing clinkers (the pieces of wood that are made from burning ash repeatedly). Top-fed stoves require a higher grade pellet to eliminate clinkers.
* Bottom-Fed Pellet Stoves – This type of pellet stove takes in the pellets in the bottom drawer of the pellet stove. Because of the pellet location of these stoves, consumers can rest easy without clinkers and the stoves operate much cleaner. And, these types of stoves do not need premium pellets and produce heat with almost any type of wood. This type of stove has an ash pan that collects the ash for easy removal and cleaning.
Heating your house doesn’t have to be expensive. With the use of a pellet stove, you can begin the course of saving a ton of your hard earned money. Pellet stoves are said to pay for themselves after a short period of time. After the unit pays for itself, you can maintain a reduction in utility bills by using wood always. In addition to these benefits, it is a wonderful feeling to know that you are using power from natural sources and saving our environment one home at a time.
Originally posted 2009-08-02 10:02:43.