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We want to install a wood burning stove in our den to help warm the house
in the winter. A salesman we met was really pushing us to buy a wood pellet
stove. I have never heard of these stoves. He seems to think they are
the best thing since sliced bread. Can you give me your take on them?
Wood Pellet Stoves are a new and very popular way as a means to provide
heat. Pellet Stoves use wood pellets as its primary heat source. These
wood pellets are tightly compacted and dense which causes it to be burned
very efficiently and powerfully. Pellets usually come from the byproduct
of sawmills and are very easily transportable due to their size (about
half and inch) and their weight. These days, the prices of stove burning
sources such as fossil fuels, chopped wood, natural gas and electric gas
are gradually going up and wood pellets are a very cheap and easy to manufacture
resource and has a very low pollution rate.
Pellet fuel is a renewable, clean-burning and cost stable home heating
alternative currently used throughout North America. It is a biomass product
made of renewable substances - generally recycled wood waste. There are
approximately 800,000 homes in the U.S. using wood pellets for heat, in
freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts and even furnaces. Pellet fuel
for heating can also be found in such large-scale environments as schools
and prisons. North American pellets are produced in manufacturing facilities
in Canada and the United States, and are available for purchase at fireplace
dealers, nurseries, building supply stores, feed and garden supply stores
and some discount merchandisers.
In short, pellet fuel is a way to divert millions of tons of waste from
landfills and turn it into energy.
I just read a news article that stated you can burn corn in a wood pellet
stove. Is this a good idea?
Yes it is true, you can burn corn in your pellet a wood pellet stove.
A mixture of 25% corn 75% wood pellet is the max. Corn has a higher sugar
value which causes more soot build up and clinkers in the burn chamber
so it plugs off the air. The corn will burn well with a mixture of pellets
to offset the soot build up as wood pellets burn very clean.
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