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Pellet Stoves Baby its Cold Outside

Updated on November 4, 2013

Pellet Stoves

The Advantages of a Pellet Stove!


Baby Its Cold Outside

Well soon; winter will be whispering its cold chill down our backs and the majestic fall colors will disappear.. Oil prices are going up and down…but mostly up. It is time to find an alternative heat source to heat homes and businesses.

What to do?

There are some alternatives for oil users to consider. Of course there is the woodstove option, fireplaces, even outdoor wood furnaces that run about eight hours before having to have more wood put in.

The problem is; after finding a wood source to cut, then transport, then split, then stack, then cart in, you might want to consider a pellet stove.

Oh; did I mention the creepy crawlers that sneak into the stacked wood you bring into the house?

Did I mention the sore back after cutting, and carting the wood to stack?

Did I mention the expensive chimney you need, since oil and wood can’t use the ‘same’ chimney?

The pellet stove has been around for awhile, and after ten years of carting wood in it seemed like a lovely godsend. There is no need for a new chimney since they are professionally installed with one small hole for a pipe that goes outside, that is all a pellet stove needs. Pellet stoves can be placed easily in any room, upstairs or downstairs.

There is no smoke from the pipe except for a little poof when first starting your pellet stove. It can be placed anywhere inside your home preferably not near an outside door. Pellets are sold by the bag or pallet. If you have a storage shed they can be delivered right to your door, or can be stored outside on a pallet with a plastic cover. Of course there is a delivery charge, but if you own your own truck, or know someone with a truck you can save even more money.


A pellet stove has a thermostat just like a furnace; so if you want your rooms to be 70 degrees, and not be baked out of the house like a woodstove will do, all you have to do is set the thermostat to 70 degrees. It has an electric start so there is no need for kindling or starter fluid. Some of the older models use a gel to start the pellets, but the new stoves start by the thermostat.

The mess is null, and the ash tray on the bottom is very small, and only has to be emptied once a week. There is no smoke, no mess, and can heat your entire house. If you position your stove in a room away from an outside door, a ceiling fan would make a fine addition to help the air flow through the house.

The approximate cost is still considerably less than oil, and the type of heat is steady verses a hot air furnace which blows warm air on and off.

You might want to check out the wide selections of pellet stoves for alternative heat. The wood pellets are made out of sawdust, and usually one filling a day is necessary since the hopper sends just a few pellets at a time to burn.

The stove runs on electricity, which means if the power goes out it would be a good idea to purchase a battery back-up which are made for pellet stoves. Most dealers will help you select a stove for the size of your home, and an all dealers will hook them up for you with a small installation fee. It is a good idea when purchasing pellets to buy a premium grade pellet made from hardwood.

If your home is large they do make pellet furnaces with a combination side for wood use. So you will be able to burn pellets or wood. This is an eco-friendly idea, since many trees have to be removed from orchards or building sites, and can be put to good use.

The pellet stove does not get hot on the outside like a woodstove does, which is another plus for families with small children and pets.

They are exempt from environmental Protection Agency for smoke admissions, and have a capacity to heat 8,000 to 90,000 BTU per hour. Pellet stoves use isn’t limited to homes… apartments and condominiums may use them. Since no chimney is needed, and there are no smoke emissions, it is a great alternative for city apartments, as well as rural homes.

Corn Stoves: Yes that is another alternative heat… be wary about storing corn outside in sheds it’s a great haven to draw vermin if not stored in metal, sealed containers.

Copyright/All Rights Reserved B. A. Williams

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