Pellet Stove Q&A
Pellet stoves offer a cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative to traditional home heating systems, filling your home with natural wood warmth that oil or propane simply can’t match.
Is a pellet stove right for your home? Here are five basic facts to help you decide.
- What is a pellet stove? A pellet stove is a heating appliance that burns biomass fuels to create heat. Similar in appearance to a wood-burning stove, a pellet stove slowly feeds fuel from a storage hopper into a combustion pot to create a sustainable flame.
- What are pellets? Pellet fuel is a renewable, clean-burning and cost-effective home heating fuel. The pellets themselves are small (1/4” X 3/4″), tube-shaped bits of dried and densely compressed biomass made mostly from recycled wood waste. A 40-pound bag of wood pellets can heat a 1500 square foot living space for 24 hours.
- Why choose a pellet stove? Pellet stoves are:
- Eco-friendly – Pellet fuels divert millions of tons of biomass waste from landfills and turn it into energy. Pellet stoves are carbon neutral and clean burning, producing fewer greenhouse gas and particulate emissions than fossil fuels.
- Economical – Pellet stoves can also help your family save on heating bills compared to other fuel sources. Check out this fuel cost calculator from the Pellet Fuels Institute to compare pellet costs to your current fuel. You can also save by taking advantage of Renewable Heat NY (RHNY) tax incentives like these – contact us to learn more.
- Convenient and efficient – If you love the look and feel of a home hearth but don’t want the inconvenience and inefficiency of burning cordwood, a pellet stove could be a perfect choice for you. Wood pellet heating systems work with the thermostat and other components already installed to heat your home, whether you use hot water (boiler) or forced hot air (furnace). Delivery of the fuel itself couldn’t be easier, with bulk options available to suit your needs.
- Are pellet stoves difficult to maintain? Modern wood pellet stoves are automated, self-cleaning, self-feeding and self-igniting appliances that operate in conjunction with your thermostat. The only cleaning required is emptying the ash pan twice a year.
- How do I choose a pellet stove? Like any heating appliance, rightsizing is critical for your pellet stove. Choose one that’s too large and you’ll overheat the room; choose one that’s too small and it will overwork, which can cause premature breakdown and poor performance. Looks matter, too: today’s pellet stoves range in style from traditional cast iron models to modern designs to complement any décor. We offer a full range of top quality pellet stoves to match any home, look, and budget.
Contact us today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a wood pellet stove installation – or to learn more about Ehrhart Energy’s full line of wood pellet services!