Heating a stove with pellets has many advantages. The same with oil or gas heating, a pellet stove has automatic ignition. Pellet stoves are environmentally friendly because of the CO2-neutral fuel. New England Hearth & Home provides pellet stoves in our line of inventory.
Depending on the model you get, you can adjust the temperature with a remote or a thermostat. Some models can also be programmed to turn on and off at certain times. Pellet stoves can start to burn and go out without having to touch it, depending on the program that is selected.
Pellet stoves have an efficiency of up to 90% or even more. Only 10% of energy from pellets are lost in the chimney. Pellet stoves are more efficient than wood-burning stoves, with only 40-50% efficiency. Open fires only have an efficiency of around 5-15%.
No Need for a Chimney
Pellets stoves have an active smoke extraction system – therefore, it’s unnecessary to have a chimney specifically for your stove. The combustion gases can be blown into an existing chimney. Smoke can also escape through a tube that runs through the outer wall of your home.
The pellet reserve in a stove has about 12 hours at full power. This being said, the stove would need to be filled around twice a day if you want it running all day long if you want it at full capacity. At a power output of 30%, the autonomy can be as high as 36 hours – more than a full day.
Cheap Fuel and Convenient
Pellets are cheap compared to other methods of fuel, and the price for them has been stable over the recent years. They come supplied in bags, and can also be delivered to your home in larger quantities than you may find in a store. A pellet stove can hold around 1.5 – 2.5 bags of pellets, but consumption depends on the size of the room being heated.
Neutral Carbon Balance
Pellets come from Canada and Europe, and are made of sawdust. If the forests where the wood comes from are sustainable, the carbon balance of the pellet combustion is zero. This happens because the amount of carbon emitted during combustion is equal to the amount of carbon absorbed by the tree.
New England Hearth & Home sells and installs an array of different types of stoves and fireplaces. If you are interested in a new pellet stove, contact us by phone at 781-562-0071 or fill out our contact form.