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How do Pellet Stoves Work?

Many homeowners opt for fireplaces and stoves that retain the intense heat of a wood fire, but would like the convenience of a gas fireplace. Now there is a product that meets in the middle. Pellet stoves are highly efficient, don’t require cutting, storing, or hauling firewood, and are eco-friendly.

They burn pellets, which are a manufactured wood product. Pellets are created from all the byproducts that were thrown out or burned at the saw mills. These stoves offer the homeowner the convenience of a consistent burn, even if you aren’t there to feed the fire.

Parts of a Pellet Stove

Unlike a traditional open fireplace, a pellet stove has many different parts. Also, they work together to create consistent heat output and efficient performance.

  • Grille – Allows air from the room to be pulled into the stove by a convection fan.
  • Intake Vent – Pulls outside air into burn pot.
  • Hopper – Stores pellets to be burned.
  • Auger – Feeds pellets from hopper to burn pot where they burn.
  • Burn Pot – The area that pellets are burned.
  • Combustion Fan – Pulls in outdoor air and assists exhaust.
  • Exhaust Vent – Takes away combustion gases.
  • Heat Exchange Tubes – Sends air heated by the fire into the room.
  • Convection Fan – Circulates air through heat-exchange tubes to push into the room.
  • Ash pan – Collects the ashes from the burned pellets.

The different parts of the pellet stove serve a specific purpose. Some are to feed the fire and others are to vent the fire. Still, others are to convert the fire’s heat into home heat. If any part of this system breaks down, the pellet stove will fail to work properly. For instance, if the hopper stops working or runs out of pellets to feed the fire the fire will go out and the stove will not produce heat.

Pellet Fuel

Pellet stoves only burn pellets, which some may view as a downside. However, pellets are inexpensive and take out the hassle that comes with traditional wood burning. Wood requires cutting and hauling (or buying) and then storing it until it is properly seasoned. Also, pellets take out the headache and the convenience of the hopper lets you sleep or leave the house without worrying your home will get cold.

The Pellet Stove and Your Chimney

Because the pellet stove burns cleanly, it leaves less residue in your chimney. This creates less ash waste, and the stove itself is considered low maintenance. In addition, the only thing you need to do is keep it clear of combustibles, keep its surfaces clean with a regular dusting, and schedule regular maintenance appointments.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends homeowners keep their home safe and their fireplace efficient by scheduling annual chimney inspections and having it cleaned regularly. Keeping these important appointments is the best way to keep your pellet stove in the best shape possible.

What is a Pellet Stove?

Do you want to get the most out of your money? Consider a pellet stove as your heating appliance. It can significantly cut the costs and save energy.

Do you want to get the most out of your money? Consider a pellet stove as your heating appliance. It can significantly cut the costs and save energy.

It’s not really anything new, but some might say it’s become a bit of a hot topic. Interest in wood pellet heat is growing once again as oil prices have steadily increased in recent years. While pellet stoves require up front costs and are not recommended as a standalone heating source, the savings are substantial and allow homeowners to cut their overall energy usage and costs. Continue reading to see why adding a pellet stove in your home could be a huge money saver for you.

Why Should I Choose a Pellet Stove?

In colder climates, heating costs account for approximately one-third of a homeowner’s annual utility bill. As a result, many homeowners are seeking more economical ways to stay warm during the cold-weather months. Freestanding pellet stoves are an increasingly popular solution for homeowners, as they create a small fraction of the ash produced by an older wood-burning stove or fireplace, so cleaning s much less frequent. If used daily, you’d find yourself having to empty the ashpan once a week.

How Does a Pellet Stove Work?

They look like traditional woodstoves but operate more like a modern furnace. You need only fill the stove’s hopper with pellets made from compacted sawdust, set its thermostat, sit back, and get cozy. A mechanical auger deposits the pellets into a burn pot, where they are incinerated at such a high temperature that they create no vent-clogging creosote and very little ash or emissions, which keeps both indoor and outdoor air cleaner. The best part is that they are about twice as efficient at warming your home as older woodstoves that have not been certified by the EPA and are vastly more efficient than fireplaces.

Is a Pellet Stove a Good Option for my Home?

Depending on your home’s size and layout, a pellet stove could supplement the current heating system or be used as the sole source. And, despite its workhorse reputation, pellet stoves come in a variety of designs to complement any interior style. Unless you’re comfortable with cutting holes in your house for the venting, however, it is best to leave the installation to a professional. Pipes can run horizontally out an exterior wall, vertically through the roof, or up the chimney if adding an insert.

Pellet stoves are a great way to heat your home. The beauty of a fire, with the added advantages of a pellet stove (e.g., better efficiency). With the fluctuating costs of home heating oil, a new pellet stove might very well pay for itself in one heating season. Whether you prefer the convenience of researching products online or getting up close and personal with potential new additions for your home, the Comfort Consultants at The Cozy Flame have you covered. Give us a call at (203) 283-4459 or stop in and visit our showroom today.

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