Originally Posted by Sniper03
Just curious~ Can you burn the pellets in a regular wood stove. And how much does a ton of pellets cost?
In addition if not regarding the wood stove question. Who handles the pellet stoves?
One last question. Are they free standing I do not see a stove pipe on them?
To answer your questions Sniper, I don't think it would be pratical to burn the pellets in a wood stove. The pellets go in a hopper and are fed as needed by an auger where they drop into a kinda cup in the bottom of the firebox and are lit by an electric igniter. The stove runs off a thermostat just like my gas heating system. When the temperature in the basement gets up to 67 degrees where I ususally keep it set, then the stove stops feeding pellets and the fire goes out. When the temp. drops a couple degrees below set point the stove starts feeding pellets and the igniter starts the fire back up. My stove will hold two bags of pellets which are 40 lbs. each. Because I heat my ground floor with gas the temperature in the basement never drops below about 55 degrees so my stove doesn't have to work as hard as it would if it was my main heating source. A bag of pellets will last me for around 24 hours depending on the outside temperature so one fill will run for about 2 days. I get my pellets at either Lowes or Tractor Supply and the ton I just bought was $280 including sales tax. I like to get all the pellets I will need at the first of the winter because if you run out near spring they can be had to find as no stores want to store them over the summer. Two tons for me will be more than enough. The stoves are more expensive than wood burners because of all the extra mechanics and electronics involved. My stove is one of the higher end models and I think it was between $4k and $5k three years ago. It came from a place called "Hearth and Home" which I think is a chain but around here most any place that sales wood stoves and inserts handle pellet stoves. The stove does have to be vented to the outside but it doesn't need a chimney. Just a vent kinda like a dryer vent. I'll include a picture of mine. Anyway I love mine and would buy it all over again. Just as an aside, the stove can also be set to burn corn, wheat, sunflower seeds, switchgrass pellets or cherry pits if needed for whatever thats worth and I think not much. Also if the power goes off you can run the stove off a car battery if you can figure a way to keep the battery charged.
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Last edited by string1946; 11-19-2013 at 02:39 PM.