Oct 30, 2013
If you live in an area with frequent snow and ice storms that take out the power, then you may want to consider a back up option for your pellet stove. Unlike traditional furnaces that are not “friendly” with power outages, a pellet stove allows you to take advantage of options to insure your heat goes uninterrupted. Pellet stoves typically run on electricity, but you can use a battery backup for pellet stove heat anytime!
Battery Backup for Pellet Stove? Yes!
If you want to run your pellet stove during power outages, you will need to purchase a battery backup and inverter. These can be purchased at local retailers such as Best Buy and Circuit City. If you have questions about which to buy, make sure you ask questions. While a battery backup is seldom needed, it does bring peace of mind to get you through rough winter weather.
Other ways to be prepared for the long winter ahead
- Battery backup for pellet stove- Check!
- Have the number of your local utilities or cooperative handy in order to report power outages or damaged power lines
- Put fresh batteries in your flashlights and keep them in a handy place.
- Put fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, especially if you use electrical or combination detectors (they won’t work if the power is out)
- Bottled water; depending where you live, electricity may be required to pump water.
- Manual can openers and plenty of easy to prepare food.
- Battery based radio and/or charged cell phones to listen to news
- Board games and other entertainment to use the time connecting with your family.
You may also be interested in the article, “How Much Electricity Does It Take to Run My Pellet Stove ?” and “Can DC Powered Pellet Stoves Run Off of a Wind, Solar, and/or Battery System?”
If you have a question you need answered, please leave a comment below or contact our heating specialist at 1-800-495-3196
Sep 26, 2013
Designing Spaces visited our facility and filmed how our highly efficient appliances use renewable energy to create more cost effective heating options for home owners.
There are a few things you can do around your house to reduce heating costs such as weatherproofing your windows and doors, and making sure your home is properly insulated. But another way to lower heating bills in the long run is to switch your heating system to draw from a more sustainable and less volatile source. Switching to a corn or wood pellet burning stove is very easy to do. Please watch the video for more information and contact our heating specialists with any questions you may have 1-800-495-3196
Jan 19, 2013
People who have made the switch to a renewable fuel heating appliance have found the benefits astounding. In many cases the bottom line cost savings with wood pellets, corn, or other renewable fuel sources dramatically reduces homeowner energy costs.
“The real bonus of this whole story is the (pellet) stove has saved us so much in propane. We just checked our gauge and we have only used 10% of our fuel since the 1st of November.” Carol C.
Whether you live in town with city utilities or in the country with your own propane tank, heating costs account for a large percentage of your monthly bills and personal household budget. We’d all agree that leaving the front door wide open in January isn’t good for your heat bill, yet many old, traditional forms of heating simply aren’t good ideas either anymore. Renewable heat is much more cost effective, and it continues to become more mainstream.
“Our LP furnace in the past would kick on in the early morning, but with this new stove we found the furnace does not come on which is really nice.” Roger B.
With winter heating bills under control people are able to save more money. Now that the 2012 and 2013 tax credits for biomass stoves have been extended, people can save even more! We hear from people every day who are happy to have hundreds of extra dollars each month for living expenses, vacations, or to simply put into savings.
“Thanks for keeping more of our money out of the oil companies hands; they have got enough!” Del C.
Interact with other biomass stove owners on our Facebook page. Do you have a topic you’d like to see covered on our blog? Leave us a comment!
May 3, 2012
Saving money is critical to most Americans and the rising price of oil is very concerning. Where will oil prices go in 2012? What will we be looking at for heating costs in only a few short months? Even though Spring is here and warm temps have us breathing a sigh of relief, we know that another winter will be here before we know it and planning is imperative.
So how much can you save on fuel for a pellet stove?
What is the least expensive fuel to use?
Your fuel costs are often determined by where you live, rather than the fuel itself. Sometimes corn will be less expensive than wood pellets and then the opposite may be the case. For those who grow renewable fuel or have it readily available, it can mean even more cost savings. It is best to determine first what the most reliable fuel source is and then negotiate the best price. Corn is usually the best overall bargain (it burns hotter) and is usually available anywhere in the country. Wood pellets are normally the most convenient, but a variety of renewable fuel centers are springing up around the country making all fuels convenient and available. It is nice to know that companies like American Energy Systems make Stoves that will burn a variety of fuels instead of just Wood Pellets.
You can compare fuel and find out the national averages of each fuel cost. Finding out the best fuel source is a step toward determining the best heating appliance for your home too; get your free guide today.
Mar 22, 2012
Finding good advice you can trust has multiple advantages. When it comes to the helpful advice Revolution Heating offers its customers, the benefit is clear. They recently contacted American Energy Systems regarding a very happy customer, knowing that advising customers to 1) buy quality hard wood pellets,2) service their appliances annually, and 3) ask for advice when needed, makes all the difference!
It is our pleasure to share the comments Revolution Heating received, and the impressive savings a Countryside owner has recently experienced.
“I bought a Countryside Insert in 2008 and love it. It’s overall value really impressed me, and the savings are amazing! For the 2011-12 heating season, I paid $1250 for 5 tons of pellets (the best hardwood pellets from Revolution Heating). My savings in Kerosene at this year’s prices alone were about $2000!! I can count on Rick and Laura at Revolution Heating Products for all my biomass heating needs – can’t get better than that!”
Scott Wheeler, Chateaugay, NY
Revolution Heating is a Magnum dealer in Brainardsville, New York, servicing the northern part of the state. Revolution Heating is only about an hour and a half south of Montreal, Canada! If you’re in the area of Revolution Heating, stop in and talk to Rick and Laura about your heating needs.
Quick Question: Can I use my Country Flame wood stove or fireplace insert in case of a power outage?
Dec 9, 2011
Yes. Our complete line of wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts are designed for use in cases of power outage… when you need them most. Our wood burning appliances offer the benefit of non-interrupted heat in the event of a power outage.
If you believe a wood stove or fireplace insert is the perfect alternative heating solution for your home and live in an area where power outages are a possibility, talk to us about getting an appliance on order that is right for you. If you haven’t requested your free Buyer’s Guide to Finding the Best Alternative Heating Appliance yet, you will find it helpful in your shopping process.
Do you have another question we can answer? Post your question in the comments below or visit us on Facebook.
May 25, 2011
Keep those toes warm!
Step 1: Searching out ways to save money on heat is the first step, and we’re glad you are here.
Step 2: Exploring your options to heat with renewable fuel sources is your next step. There are many factors to consider when making a decision to switch to alternative heat in order to save money. Your home, lifestyle, and money saving goals are just a part.
Step 3: We’ve put together a list of some questions to get the ball rolling. When we hear from you, we’ll begin searching the right solution with the best heating benefits and discounts available for YOU. We are passionate about helping you heat your home for less!
Need to know how we’ve helped thousands of other people like you take these first steps? We add their comments here.
Apr 30, 2010
Maybe you have read the stories online about those darn stoves spewing ash and soot all over the house. What causes that and how can you avoid it in the future?
Technically, your corn or pellet stove runs on a negative pressure system in the firebox (that means that it would pull air into the appliance, not spew smoke, ash and soot out of it) so it will not release any stuff into your home. The venting system runs on a positive pressure system ( blow into a balloon, that is positive pressure ) so it is important that the venting system is properly designed and sealed.
But how does the ash and soot ever get into my home?
Here are a few of the common mistakes and the culprit to the problem.
- Venting system not sealed and ash leaking into the home, the room air fan picking it up and blowing it around the room.
- Venting exit too close to the fresh air intake for the home and the home intake system picking it up and blowing around the whole house.
- Home not balanced for fresh air makeup and pulling in ash and smoke from outside.
- Someone (we won’t mention names), dumping dirty/dusty fuel into the hopper while the unit is running and dust, etc. blowing all over the house (read blog on clean fuel).
- Someone (we learned not to mention names), using a sears shop vac to vacuum out those hot ashes consequently burning a hole in the filter, blowing fire, ash and soot out the back of the shop vac and blaming it on someone else (again, not mentioning any names). 🙂 Hey, we can find a little humor, right?
Last, but certainly not least is the infamous “beer belly syndrome”. This is a condition (and it gets worse with the bigger the beer belly), where you stand in front of the stove, open the door and the air from the stove fan hits your chest, rolls off your belly and with the force of a hurricane (again dependent on the size of the protrusion) goes inside of the stove and blows the ash, and soot all over.
To prevent this occurrence either shut your appliance down, let it cool and then perform your maintenance chores or sign up at the gym. Seriously, following proper installation, operation and maintenance practices will eliminate dust, ash and soot from ever entering your home.
Apr 5, 2010
I just don’t understand it! I installed my Corn Stove expecting it to heat my entire home and save me a ton of money. I went through fuel like crazy this winter and have not seen the savings. What am I doing wrong?
Statements like this do not come along very often, but when they do it is fairly easy to find a solution. Let’s take a look at a few important things to consider before purchasing your corn stove.
First, a few important questions to ask:
- What do I expect to achieve when purchasing a renewable energy appliance for my home?
- Can I place the unit in the right location to get the most out of the appliance or is it going to be restricted by doors, small rooms or a lack of air circulation?
- Is my home in need of a little or a lot of insulation so that the heat is not going out the window?
- Can I enjoy my Corn Stove where I need to place it?
It is important that a qualified expert qualify your home and place your new Corn Stove where it will be able to distribute the heat evenly and give you the most benefit. Ceiling fans and running your central furnace blower will circulate the heat throughout your home and into those back rooms that need a little heat.
Most people do not realize that they are heating areas of their home that were normally shut down because of high heat bills. Typically the home temperature is up to 10 degrees warmer with your Corn Stove so it takes a little more fuel to get it there. You will enjoy the radiant heat and once again can sit in your home toasty warm and not covered with layers of clothes and blankets to save on those high heat bills.
Typical savings are in excess of 60 percent but even a 15-30 percent return on your investment in a environmentally green energy appliance is well worth it.
Proper placement, correct installation, fuel quality and scheduled maintenance will result in your Corn Stove operating at peak performance and efficiency. It is best to run the appliance on the lower heat settings like 2 or 3 rather than up at 4 or 5. The higher heat settings result in lower efficiency and the appliance cycling from high to pilot fire too often. A lower steady heat setting will bring the home up to the desired temperature and will keep it there for longer periods of time. The appliance will stay cleaner and you will not go through as much fuel.
Enjoy warm cozy days and nights while putting heating dollars back into your pocket!
Here are TWO great videos that will help on heating efficencies; selecting the correct appliance for your home and choosing the right fuel for your appliance.
Feb 16, 2010
Help! My stove is blowing up in my face, what causes that?
Signed, Singed and Smoking
With the design of the combustion system in a MagnuM stove, it is nearly impossible for the appliance to puff back, flare up and out the door, or “blow up in your face”. If you are experiencing this with your stove, here is some information that will be sure to help.
Happening When You Light the Stove?
If this is happening when you light the stove then it is the starter fluid that you are using. Do not use gas, charcoal lighter or any other highly flammable liquid to start your stove. Only use approved starter for your appliance. This can be purchased at any good retail specialty shop.
If the fire is already lit do not add any fire starter. This is sure to give you a surprise. Fire starter gel is not intended to add to the fire once it is lit and burning.
Happening When You Open the Door?
If the appliance puffs out the door when opened or the fire flares up when you open the door then the appliance is either installed incorrectly, you have negative pressure in the home, or the unit is plugged and needs servicing. In all of these cases it is important that you follow the manufacturer’s recommended daily, weekly and monthly maintenance guidelines and consult with a trained service tech to get your stove back in perfect operating condition.
You can contact Techcenter1 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-227-2902 with technical questions.
To access the manual for your heating appliance, you can visit our Technical Documents and Owner’s Manual section of our website.