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Old 10-02-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
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We are looking into getting a wood pellet stove for the house. After the install cost the price to burn 1 ton of pellets is less than $200. My only concern is ruuning it without power. I know I could wire up some batteries to a inverter but that would only be a temp solution. If I was to buy a generator would be point less since I already have the furnace wired up for a generator for power outages. We want somthing to off set the nautral gas cost but still use in caase of a billizard. I 'am also looking at a good old fanshion wood burner but I start to thinking about all the wood I would have to cut again. If anybody has used a pellet stove I would like to hear from you.

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Old 10-03-2011, 12:08 AM   #2
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FWIW, pellet stoves are great, they're pretty energy efficient and relatively inexpensive to fuel. But, I would personally go with a wood burner simply because of the power factor. I've had wood burners in the past, looked into a pellet stove and decided to stick with the wood stove.

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My dad used a fire place insert, welded 5" tall sections of steel tub on the bottom, and put cement board under it and on the wall behind it, and just took the stove pipe out the window and up to the roof. Used full sized pieces of wood not pellets, always kept the house warm and the only thing he had to pay for was the steel tube.

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I used to work with a guy who had a corn burning stove. I've been to his house in the winter. It worked well. I don't know the difference in cost between the wood pellet and corn burning stoves.

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Well, my step-bother has a pellet stove, daughter has an older Englander "Fireplace" wood stove (a mini) and we have a Woodchuck wood burning furnace. All 3 do a good job.

You are correct that you need 120AC for the pellet stove- payback is no appreciable ashes to mess with, and buy your fuel in neat little bags.

Englander and Woodchuck- can burn anything that you can fit through the doors (Woodchuck is rated for coal if I wanted to use that) but you DO have to handle a lot of wood several times before it goes into the firebox, and I can buy that, or do what I usually do- cut my own (have 8 cords of 19 month old split white oak out in the yard) . You DO have to clean out ashes, and dispose of them (garden loves wood ash)

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Is this for gasification?

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I personally like a big stove that I could cook on and will burn coal and wood. The need for electricity on a pellet/corn defeats the purpose, for me...

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I use a pellet stove to offset my LP gas usage. Living in Ohio I burn mostly corn in the stove , smells a bit like caramel popcorn but not strong. The price of corn this year makes wood pellets the way to go.
I would buy another pellet stove if mine gave out. Last year I saved $125 a month using corn and wood pellets

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FWIW, pellet stoves are great, they're pretty energy efficient and relatively inexpensive to fuel. But, I would personally go with a wood burner simply because of the power factor. I've had wood burners in the past, looked into a pellet stove and decided to stick with the wood stove.
What he said....you are stuck to burning wood pellets....wood burner would be the route I'd go...imo

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I bought a neat military M1950 stove / heater for my shop.. It will burn just about anything you put in it.. Any solid fuels (wood, coal, etc.) and came with a kit to use liquid fuels (gas, diesel, kerosene, etc.) Everything folds up and collapses to fit inside the stove if you ever want to move it...
I plan on only using wood but its nice to have the options..

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