Wood Pellet Heating for Lower Utility Bills
If you’re ready to supplement central heating and lower the cost of utility bills, wood pellet heating is an excellent choice. Pellet fuel is made with wood waste the majority of the time; but some pellet appliances are designed to burn corn kernels, nutshells, and small chips of wood. A wood pellet appliance is an excellent choice for anyone interested in using an eco-friendly heating system that also cuts the cost of keeping your home warm in winter.
Wood pellets for pellet fireplaces and wood stoves are highly compressed and approximately 1 inch long. They are made with materials such as sawdust and wood waste that would otherwise end up in a trash heap. Many wood pellet manufacturers use under-valued and under-utilized tree species, including aspen, birch, and the limbs and tops of harvested trees to make wood pellets.
Combustion is incredibly complete in a pellet appliance, which is why there is very little ash to clean. An environmental benefit of burning wood pellets in a pellet stove or a pellet fireplace insert is that there are very low emissions. Top models have heat efficiency higher than 90% and have been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as smokeless appliances.
Pellets are sold in 40-pound bags and can be neatly stacked for storage. It’s essential that the pellets are kept dry. They provide a much cleaner method of fueling fires than using logs. No need to worry about hauling insects and possibly critters, too, into the home, when you use pellets as opposed to firewood. For some people, the bags of pellets are difficult to lift, however.
Pellets are not always available locally. There is a debate that pellets aren’t exactly eco-friendly if they have to be hauled in a gasoline-guzzling commercial truck for a long distance to your doorstep. Some would say that even if pellets are hauled to you from a distant location, you are still achieving overall earth-friendly heating by using a pellet-burning appliance.
How Pellet Stoves Operate
The operation of a pellet stove is a testament to innovation. Regular wood can’t be burned in these appliances, however. Use only pellets in a pellet fireplace insert or pellet stove. The pellets are poured into a hopper and slowly fed into the combustion chamber. The hopper can operate via gravity or with an auger that feeds more pellets into the fire according to how controls are set. The amount of heat output of the appliance depends upon the speed at which the pellets are released into the fire.
Pellet appliances are virtually hands-free heating devices. Once the hopper has been filled, no further actions should need to be taken for the appliance to provide heat for as many hours as the pellets last. The larger the hopper, the longer you can go before needing to add more fuel for the fire.
For the heating system with the cleanest solid fuel, buy a pellet stove or a pellet fireplace insert. Stop by our huge showroom today and view our selection of pellet appliances as well as numerous fireplaces in full operation.