Pellet stoves produce a tremendous amount of heat from wood to keep your family warm. However, there are a number of advantages over other types of heat sources. There are financial, environmental and time-saving benefits.
Heating with a wood pellet stove has a number of benefits that can save you money:
- Wood pellets have maintained a fairly constant price for that past 15 years. While there is no guarantee this will continue forever, there shouldn't be significant increases for the foreseeable future.
- Many people purchase an entire season's pellets in anticipation of the heating season. Unlike oil or propane, you aren't limited by how much your tank can hold.While this means you have to pay out more money in advance, it insulates you from potential mid-season price increases.
- Pellet stoves are a very efficient heat source that extracts just about every last BTU from the wood pellets. This means you are getting a good "bang for your buck" when heating with wood pellets.
- The growing wood pellet industry produces North American jobs. By choosing a "home grown" renewable heat source, you are making a positive contribution to the economy and national security.
Ease of Use / Time Savings
Pellet stoves provide the convenience of a modern heating appliance, while burning wood. There are a number of helpful features:
- Pellet stoves have large pellet hoppers which can potentially store several days worth of fuel. Hopper extensions are available for many stoves which will increase the amount of time between refuelings.
- Many pellet stoves have auto-ignition functions to start themselves.
- Most wood pellet stoves have built-in thermostats that allow the stove to either maintain a constant temperature output or constant room temperature. Some can even be connected to an external wall thermostat in another room to help ensure that room stays comfortable. In a set-back system, wall thermostats can also be used to automatically turn the stove down at night.
- Pellet stoves require a bit of maintenance, but cleaning out the ashes is at most a weekly, if not monthly task.
- Wood pellet stoves, while sophisticated, are easy to do general cleanings.
- Wood pellets are much cleaner than cord wood and result in much less dirt and bugs being brought into your home.
Burning pellets has some significant advantages for the environment:
- Heating with a pellet stove has incredibly low emissions compared with other heating sources. Especially when looking at CO2, it is often stated that burning wood pellets is carbon neutral, since the trees absorb the same amount of carbon over their lifetime as is produced during burning. While it takes energy to process the wood into pellets, it is still near carbon neutral.
- Wood pellet fuel is often created using waste sawdust and beetle-kill trees. Prior to the wood pellet industry, the waste sawdust was just that.. waste. This wasted resource would just sit and rot, releasing CO2, but not providing any benefit in return.
- Heating with wood pellets is a renewable resource. Many locations where the sawdust comes from practice sustainable harvesting, ensuring the continued lifecycle of trees, but also allowing thinning and healthy maintanance of forests.
- Wood pellets tend to be a local fuel. Most wood pellets consumed were produced within a couple of hundred miles of production. While wood pellets can be shipped across the United States (and from Canada), it is still a significantly shorter trip than oil from other parts of the word. It ends up requireing less fuel from production site to your home.