With gas prices continuing to rise, many people are looking for other ways to heat their homes. If you are looking for a great alternative heat source this winter, check out wood pellet stoves or pellet stove inserts. Pellet stoves and pellet inserts are very simple to operate and very efficient. They burn small compressed pellets of wood, which burn more efficient and cleaner than most wood burners. Wood pellet stoves are a freestanding stove, while pellet inserts are ones that fit into an existing fireplace.
The wood pellet stoves are generally made up of excess sawdust or wood waste from companies such as furniture manufacturers. Did you know that there are millions of tons of wood waste available in the U.S. and Canada alone? Imagine taking some of that and turning it into wood pellets. By doing so, we are creating an environmentally friendly source of heat that would otherwise just go to waste. Pellets can also be made out of corn, or walnut and peanut shells.
If you are worried about the energy costs of heating your home, as most people are, you may want to consider whether a pellet stove is right for you and can help you keep your energy costs down. About a million people in the United States already use pellet stoves as either their primary or a supplemental heating source.
Some people use pellet stove installation to heat their entire home. However, it is more common to use an insert, which fits into the wall like a conventional fireplace, or a freestanding pellet stove to supplemental your existing heating system. Some of the major benefits of pellet stoves include the following. Pellets are made from sawdust or other recycled materials, so they reduce the amount of waste and pollution. They burn much cleaner than a traditional fireplace. You might be surprised to learn that you only need to empty your ash container once a week or less, depending on the amount you use it. Burning pellets is typically cheaper than oil as well.
It is important to point out that there is some manual work involved with operating and maintaining a stove which is typically not true with oil and gas. For example, you will need to clean the stove itself regularly by brushing certain and vacuuming out dust and ash from certain parts of the appliance. You will also need to load pellets once per day or so into the hopper to give it something to burn.