Advantages of Pellet Stoves

With the ever-increasing cost of home heating fuel, many homeowners are looking for ways to lower heating costs. One option that should be considered is a pellet stove.

According to data gathered by by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, the cost of wood pellets was about 51 percent of the cost of number 2 heating oil and 43 percent of the cost of electricity. Only natural gas and cord wood were less expensive. Heating with wood pellets is a bargain.

napoleon_nps45_pic_detailBut beyond the economics of wood pellet heating, there are other important considerations.

Most people are at least somewhat interested in how an appliance is going to look in their home. I’m sure many would be concerned that a pellet stove may not fit in with their decor. The fact is, pellet stoves are anything but unattractive. You can see some examples here.

Pellet stoves are easy to use. Unlike the typical wood-burning stove or fireplace, modern pellet stoves feature a self-fueling technology that keeps the stove running far longer than traditional wood-burning stoves and fireplaces that require manual fueling. In addition, they offer electronic ignition, thermostatic or manual control, and an optional electric blower.

Modern pellet stoves also have a sealed exhaust system that allows them to be used without a chimney. This is particularly significant because they can be used to heat those areas of the home that are only occupied part of the day, or in those hard-to-heat areas.

In addition to being economical, attractive and convenient to use, pellet stoves are environmentally friendly. The reason for this is the pellets they burn contain less moisture than wood. That results in lower emission of by-product particulates into the atmosphere.

There are so many advantages to using a pellet stove in lieu of, or in addition to, a traditional wood burning stove or fireplace, it’s hard to imagine why more people don’t do it.

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