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Re: Anyone heat with wood pellets?
« Reply #40 on: January 28, 2008, 06:56:08 PM »
The stove is not as bad as I had thought earlier on.  It is however costing us way too much of our income. 

I biggest concern I have is the quality of the pellets.  Some brands burn very efficiently and produce lots of heat while the other brands just plug up the holes in the burn pot.  Once the holes are plugged you get very little heat.  The best pellets we have found seem to be the ones made closest to home.  Never had a single problem with the burn pot with them.

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Re: Anyone heat with wood pellets?
« Reply #41 on: January 28, 2008, 08:41:03 PM »
Pellets are 156 for higher ash residue and 180 for low ash residue here. My brother-in-law bought a stove last week and likes it a lot. He figures he is spending $4.00 a day to heat a average sized house.
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Re: Anyone heat with wood pellets?
« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2008, 08:50:03 PM »
Do they have any with forced air like a furnace? A stove alone wouldn't heat this place to my comfort level.
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« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2008, 08:50:55 PM »
Coon, When I was using that pellet stove I tried to burn pellets made from soft woods like Douglas Fir. The hard wood pellets create more ash. I cleaned the burn pot and ash drawer about once every ton of pellets I burned. You can tell when the burn pot's holes are getting pluged up because the pellets don't burn as clean and the flame goes from red to a deeper orange. It's then time to get out the screw driver and clean the burn pot. I'm convinced the cheapest heat is a wood stove if you can get the wood for free and cut it yourself. All other types of heat seem to cost alot.
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« Reply #44 on: January 28, 2008, 09:12:51 PM »
From what I've read, and this is by no means the official word, but the difference in ash content between the standard pellet and premium is 3% vs 1% ash content. They said the premium pellet is made of the core wood only and the standard includes the bark, they also suggested that pellets made from farm produce makes more heat. Probably means straw and corn stalks and maybe even corn. I was always told that the bark has more heat value than the core wood.  ;D :D :D So maybe both is true.
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« Reply #45 on: January 28, 2008, 10:30:08 PM »
Coon, I have a pellet stove insert that I have been using free standing. Temporary turned semi -perm :D (Only paid $200 for a St Crouix) It is strictly for wood pellets, but...... I mix about half corn with the wood pellets. Burns hotter with the grain. I have burned pelleted cottonseed hulls also. They were ok. Same problem you have I burn more than they say. I will use about 60-70# per 24hrs. Ash content is higher with the grains. They also produce clinkers so I empty the pot 2x per day. Become very effecient at that. Use a leather glove and take less than a couple minutes to empty. Very easy to start a fire up while the stove is still hot. With high grain prices would like to find something cheap to burn!!!
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« Reply #46 on: January 29, 2008, 01:33:13 AM »
The pellets we are burning right now must be higher ash content.  These are called Firemaster and are made in Burnaby, British Columbia. They are made from softwood also. We tend to have to empty the ash pan and clean the burn pot after about 240 lbs or so.  The other brand we've used we can burn about 400 lbs.

Swamp.  This heater has built in fans in it but they don't push enough air.  From the way it looks they should have use bigger ones that push more cfm.  There is enough room in there for em but wood probably make it run too cold and creosote things up.

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« Reply #47 on: January 29, 2008, 06:34:24 AM »
I also read that the fans on the average pellet stove consume 100 kwh per month, that's not too bad when your rate is 0.098 cents per kwh. My furnace probably uses 150 kwh in the coldest months. In this mild weather the fan uses only running about 14 hours in a 24 hr period. It hasn't been on since 4:30 am this morning and still isn't on now at 7:30 and I don't plan on stoke the fire before 9 am.  ;D
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« Reply #48 on: February 22, 2008, 09:45:12 AM »
We got one last year to take the chill off the basement. Does a good job. Heats about 1400 sq. ft. It's an American Harvest brand. Have about $1400 in the stove and the vent. My pellets are a lot cheaper than what your paying tho. MIne only cost about $175 per 50 , 40Lb. bags. I'll burn 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 bags a day.

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« Reply #49 on: February 23, 2008, 06:16:04 AM »
I have a Harmen pellet stove. I used to burn wood. In South Central PA, I pay $170/ton. I heat 2000 sf, empty the ash pan 3 times a winter and burn 3 -3 1/2 tons a winter.

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Re: Anyone heat with wood pellets?
« Reply #50 on: February 23, 2008, 10:40:42 AM »
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How long have you been heating with pellets? More than this winter?
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« Reply #51 on: February 23, 2008, 11:28:57 AM »
I couldn't heat this place without forced air. We had a gravity/convection furnace 35 years ago and about froze. I think some pellet furnaces are appearing on the market now. I figure it would take at least 6 pallets of pellets here to keep me warm mid September to mid May.  ;D
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« Reply #52 on: February 25, 2008, 12:24:09 PM »
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How long have you been heating with pellets? More than this winter?

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I've been burning pellets for about 6 years.

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« Reply #53 on: February 25, 2008, 01:14:24 PM »
Beenthere,

I've been burning pellets for about 6 years.

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Then you have a lot of experience and should be a good resource of knowledge. I take it that you are satisfied with your investment and the prospect of continuing to burn pellets. 
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« Reply #54 on: February 29, 2008, 12:52:37 AM »
  We have given up heating with the pellets due to the availabilty of them.  Most places around here are having a hard time stocking them. I totally refuse to burn the one brand we were using due to the last batch of pellets being junk.  We were having to empty the ash pan atleast once a day and had to burn over twice as many pellets to get any heat.  At $5.99/ bag it was getting very costly.  Would rather pay a power bill then burn them.  We will be moving once the snow is gone so....
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