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.