Nov 24, 2016
We are thankful for our customers. Thank you for your business and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Nov 24, 2016
We are thankful for our customers. Thank you for your business and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Nov 4, 2016
Oct 29, 2016
Stocking up on corn or wood pellets to get you through the cold months is wonderful, especially if you can buy in bulk or find a great deal. Flexibility and savings are two of your biggest benefits with a multi-fuel burning pellet stoves. When you stock up, you insure that you have fuel readily available without buying and hauling repeatedly when the weather is cold and miserable.
So if you buy a bunch of fuel at once, you may be wondering what your options are for storing pellet stove fuel and need some advice to insure your investment doesn’t lose its value.
If you still have questions about storing pellet stove pellets, buying a pellet stove, or switching to renewable heat source for your home, contact our heating specialists.
Oct 24, 2016
If you own a multi-fuel burning pellet stove or are considering buying one to lower your heat bill, a common question newer stove owners have is burning wood pellets vs corn. The ease and flexibility that a multi-fuel pellet stove provides is something long-time owners have grown to really appreciate. We continually hear stories from our customers like this one from Wes Friesen of Michigan. “I have owned a Countryside for nine years and couldn’t be happier. Being the owner of an old farmhouse, I know that the cost to heat with fossil fuels would probably drive me into bankruptcy! This morning I woke up to the sound of my propane furnace running; I had let the stove run out of fuel. It was about 19F this morning; not a really cold morning for central MI, but enough to make the furnace work for its keep. I timed the sequences (time running versus time off) of the furnace, and discovered it was running approximately 4 minutes for every minute it was off. At 80,000 btu, that calculates to using 15.36 gallons of propane every day! At a statewide average of $2.33 per gallon on Jan 10th, that means I could be paying $36 per day to heat with propane. Ouch! I looked at the thermostat when I got downstairs and the furnace was barely holding the temperature at 66 degrees. I started up the stove, and within 45 minutes the temperature was up to 74 degrees. I figure that I am using around $7.00 per day to heat with corn or wood pellets. Thanks for the savings!”
You Decide: First, it’s always a stove owners choice with a multi-fuel stove to burn what you prefer, have available, or is least expensive the day you are making the decision. Second, you have the flexibility to switch at any time and mix fuels when you have a MagnuM or Country Flame brand appliance from American Energy Systems.
Deals and Savings: Take advantage of local deals, sales and other cost saving measures and buy what makes sense for you and your family. Do pay attention to the quality of fuel you’re putting in your stove. One customer had purchased lower quality fuel and was struggling when they contacted our office. We provided some higher quality pellets, and they immediately noticed the difference. “I started burning the pellets you had sitting for me by your front door at AES in Hutchinson, MN. I cleaned out my stove, took all the xxxxxx (brand) pellets out, then put the Indeck Energy Pellets, WOW! They burn hot and clean, A big bright white to yellow flame, no black soot at all! When I open the door to look inside, the ash is bright white!” Trust us when we say that quality fuel matters. Here’s a video we produced to explain fuel selection in more detail.
Burn a Mixture: Many of our pellet stove owners report that they love burning a mixture of corn and wood pellets. Corn helps lessen the ash that wood pellets can create, and corn burns incredibly hotter than wood pellets. You get the best of both worlds.
Do you have a question our heating specialists can answer for you? Don’t hesitate to ask. We love helping people stay warm, save money, and buy the correct appliance for their needs. 1-800-495-3196
Sep 30, 2016
I see some pellet stoves are only a few hundred dollars and others are a couple thousand dollars. Why is this? Are all pellet stoves the same?
The price of pellet stoves vary greatly, especially if you’re price comparing online or walking through the isles of a big box store. Like all items of value, pellet stoves vary greatly in price, quality, features, and longevity. If you are shopping for a pellet stove, it might seem a bit overwhelming. We hope to make it a easier to understand the difference in price and value when buying a pellet stove. Consider this, pellet stoves are a lot like comparing real diamonds to flashy costume jewelry. Diamonds are going to last forever, look great, and maintain their value. Costume jewelry looks appealing at first and serves an immediate, temporary purpose.
Consumers understand and often embrace the reality that shopping for clothes, jewelry, and other items at big box stores is not the same as shopping at specialty shops or brands that provide long-lasting quality. Whether people shop for high quality brands, American made, locally sourced, or a variety of other reasons, purchases in big box stores is easy to understand that the price might be right, but the quality simply isn’t there. The same applies to pellet and corn stoves.
While it may feel like you found an awesome bargain if you pick up a brand new pellet stove for less than $1500.00, it’s far from a great deal if you get home and have trouble with the appliance in a few months. What happens when the parts fail in an inexpensive stove? Well, costs have to be cut somewhere to sell an inexpensive stove. Will it be in cheap parts? Less attentive manufacturing process? Absence of customer service or return policy?
It’s at the point when your cheaper pellet stove isn’t working, you need help, or can’t find parts that you find out that you get what you paid for. A big box store that you purchased from will likely tell you to contact the manufacturer directly to get parts and/or service. Do you know that the parts and shipping, if you can find them, could cost a fortune? Most likely, it will be difficult to find a heating expert to help you out. If you are lucky enough to get your unit up and running (a good service tech will charge you around $650.00 to do that), a cheaper unit typically lasts for 1-2 years and then it is time to go buy another unit. These scenarios are very common. Go ahead and read through our list of hundreds of customer comments, some from people who tried a different brand of pellet stove first or were fed up with the lack of customer service until they switch to stoves manufactured by American Energy Systems.
A typical high quality pellet stove will cost between $2400-3500 and will last 25+ years. Take a peek at our recent efforts to contact some of our very first pellet stove customers to find out how their stoves are still running. Most couldn’t believe a manufacturer cared enough to call and find out, and all were happy report how great their stoves were working 10 years, 20 years, and more later!
When you come home with a MagnuM or Country Flame wood pellet/corn/multi-fuel burning stove that will last a lifetime, you will enjoy dependable heat with higher efficiency and save money on fuel. You’ll have installation guides and a technical department to call with questions. The bonus is that it won’t sound like an old fashioned wash machine with the gears going out within a couple months.
Now you know why pellet stove prices vary and can make an informed buyer decision.
Sep 12, 2016
AES has a long history of obtaining meaningful feedback from our customers. Since 1973 our company vision has been to make heating homes and businesses an affordable, safe, economical and environmentally friendly way of life, and the only way to know if we are truly achieving this is to follow up with our customers. In fact, where many other companies are all about the initial sale, American Energy System is focused on providing ongoing customer support. That’s why we have hundreds of customer stories to share with you, and entire sections of our website and YouTube channel dedicated getting your questions answered.
We’ve recently made a commitment to contact hundreds of our customers, something rarely done by other companies to find out how our products are working. In many cases, we’ve contacted customers who purchased pellet stoves from us over fifteen to twenty years ago, and one thing we’re learning is that our appliances just don’t quit! In a day and age where big box retailers sell products intended to burn pellets and heat a home in much the same way, the value simply isn’t there. When products are sold inexpensively, but have a life of only a year or two, it simply can’t be called an investment.
Is your pellet stove worth the investment? An investment is something that pays for itself rather quickly and then works for many years beyond that point to save you money. MagnuM and Country Flame products by American Energy Systems are well worth the price when you learn that the first pellet stoves sold over 25 years ago are still in operation and have required very few if any replacement parts. Multi-fuel stoves, like the MagnuM and Country Flame brand stoves are an excellent investment in terms of comparing them to traditional oil and other heating fuel prices. If you’re searching for cheaper heating options and ways to reduce your bills, you have it within your power to keep heating costs down now and well into the future. Make a sensible investment in your home by owning a pellet stove that can burn renewable fuels and help stave off future high heating prices.
Learning of American Energy Systems for the first time? AES has achieved International recognition for their MagnuM Countryside renewable fuel burning (corn, wood pellets, more) appliances and are recognized in the hearth industry as leaders in flex-fuel/biomass & corn burning technology. AES is 43 years strong and more than capable of meeting its customers’ needs. Contact us today with any questions you may have about investing in your future with a pellet stove: 1-800-495-3196
Aug 25, 2016
Pellet stoves are definitely more than a trend, but it’s nice to see more people exploring their renewable heating options this fall. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, “The use of cord wood and wood pellets as the primary residential space heating fuel has increased by 33% since 2005, to about 2.6 million households in 2014.” So, we are definitely seeing a rise in the use of pellet stoves as a reliable and energy efficient heat source for homes, cabins, businesses, and outbuildings.
Another aspect contributing to the rise in pellet stove heating is incentives by local and state entities. In addition to specific change-out programs in areas across the country, the $300 tax credit is available for people purchasing a qualifying pellet stove in 2016. You can find more information about the $300 tax credit here. To find out if there are incentives and programs available to you in relation to buying a newer, more efficient heating appliance, check with your city, county, energy cooperative, utility company, etc.
Programmable thermostats are becoming more popular, as people take steps to more efficient heating and saving money. A programmable thermostat helps you manage traditional furnace heat when you aren’t home for long periods of time or other circumstances that require managing heat. Many people are surprised to learn that a pellet stove can be hooked up to your home thermostat, and the MagnuM brand pellet stoves offer this convenience. You can read more about hooking up your MagnuM pellet stove to a thermostat here, or you can speak to one of our heating specialists by calling 1-800-495-3196.
Aug 10, 2016
Have you always loved a good wood fire, but don’t want to deal with chopping, hauling and tending to cut wood? Wood fires provide an ambiance that many people enjoy. Many of those same people do not enjoy the work that comes with maintaining the wood supply needed for the wood stove or fireplace. If that is you, minimize wood fire complexity with a pellet stove.
Wood pellet stoves can provide the atmosphere that you are looking for in your home with easy to use wood pellets.
Wood is a great renewable heating option. Wood pellet stoves burn a condensed wood sawdust that is in a pellet form. These pellets are available around the country at specialty retailers and big box stores. They are often sold in bags which allow for easy and clean portability.
We do recommend storing the wood pellets in a dry location and only purchasing enough pellets to get you through the heating season. If you do have extra in the spring, try sharing with neighbors or use them for animal bedding. It is best to avoid storing over summer, as it will attract moisture and spoil.
The motors of a stove require electricity using 110v (normal home voltage) electricity. Fill the fuel hopper and the system augers the pellets to the combustion burn chamber. There is a room fan to blow the heated air into the home, and an exhaust blower that sends the exhaust through the vent system to the outside. Some models are available with an auto ignition system, some offer thermostat control, and others even offer power from a battery backup when the power goes out.
If you like the wood pellet option, but are also looking for additional flexibility American Energy Systems offers a complete line of multi-fuel stoves available which can burn wood pellets, but also burn a variety of fuels like corn, wheat, oats, cherry pits, olive pits and other fuels that the stove is designed and tested to burn.
If you are tired of the work involved with chopping and hauling wood or avoiding a home fire because that isn’t something that fits with your lifestyle, a pellet stove may be the perfect solution for your home. Take a look at the wide variety of stoves offered by American Energy Systems.
Jul 25, 2016
Have you ever considered purchasing a Pellet Stove, but there was a concern that stopped you from moving forward? Many people have questions about the product and how it will work in their home. Along with these questions come a variety of misconceptions of pellet stoves. Let’s clear up some confusion!
I thought it was really expensive?
A typical homeowner can save up to 60% on their heating bill using wood pellets. Wood pellets can be one of the most economical fuel types. Use our Fuel Calculator to see how much you could save!
Doesn’t the stove get hot?
The unique combustion design along with high efficiency heat transfer allows a stove to be cool to the touch on the top and sides. Reduced clearances and low temperature venting eliminate the safety risks of normal chimneys. A high efficiency stove will not only have lower emissions, but they are often safer since complete combustion is in a “closed system”. This helps prevent buildup of flammable chimney deposits called creosote. The glass front gets hot, so you’ll need to take care especially with young children while the stove is heating your house.
I don’t have a chimney. That means I can’t have a pellet stove, right?
You do need a means of exhaust, but you don’t need a chimney. A chimney is a traditional means of venting smoke out of the home. Older style fireplaces and stoves that utilize a chimney use a natural draft design that requires an expensive chimney installed in the home or on the outside of the home. Very few wood pellet or multi-fuel stoves on the market today use this means of venting smoke. Most pellet stoves, like the MagnuM Countryside and Country Flame brand, are designed to avoid chimneys in order to provide homeowners with more efficient heat, lower emissions, and a more complete combustion of the fuel.
I don’t know where to find wood pellets.
Wood pellet fuel is available around the country and is stocked at specialty retailers and also the big box stores. Corn and other multi-fuels are available at elevators, distribution centers and also at some specialty retailers and big box stores, especially farm related stores. You can also purchase clean, dry corn, wheat and other fuels directly from a local farmer or source available near you.
Hopefully this clears up a few common misconceptions. To answer more of your questions, we’ve put together a detailed Buyer’s Guide. Read it over. You might discover that a pellet stove would be a great addition for your home.
Jul 22, 2016
Now is the time to get your questions answered and pellet stove purchased so it can be delivered and installed with time to spare before the warm weather ends. Summer and fall is our peak season for shipping pellet stoves and parts to our customers, so that new installations and maintenance projects have plenty of time to be completed before it’s time to fire up the stove. If you have questions about which stove to buy or what appliance is right for your home, make sure you get our free buyer’s guide. If you’d like to speak to a heating specialist, we’ll be happy to talk with you and make sure you are comfortable with your purchase. Questions about installing your pellet stove are answered on our free installation guide. What’s holding you back from moving forward to saving money on heat and switching to a pellet stove?