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Pellet Stoves, So Many Reason to Have One

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Heat, beauty and efficiency are all reason enough to heat your home with a genuine pellet stove, but there are plenty of other benefits, features and advantages of pellet heat this winter.  Flexibility and practicality fuel the function of these stoves.

The cool weather is fast approaching, and many are considering a newer, better way to heat their homes. The most advanced wood burning technology is pellet stoves. They are used for space heating, efficiency, beauty and they use a renewable form of energy. The answer is wood pellet stoves as sustainable home heat.

Right now, there's a considerable amount of interest in alternative energy sources because the price of oil is unpredictable and both oil and electric heat are expensive. However, even if you have an older model wood stove or insert, it is important to know that wood stoves and fireplace inserts made before 1994 are not as efficient and cause more air pollution than newer, certified pellet stoves.

More and more people are putting in pellet stoves; mainly because there is more interest in how to bring the soaring cost of home heating down. And pellet stoves and multi-fuel stoves can add to your home’s comfort, value and enjoyment.

While many people are interested in lowering heating and energy costs, and others are interested in getting their home “off the grid,” there is some skepticism about alternative energies. But many homeowners are curious about it, and when they see the benefits, they're more interested.

Benefits of pellet stoves include their efficiency, the convenience, their ease of use, and that pellets are renewable. But on top of all this, pellet stoves are attractive and clean. Pellet stoves are extremely efficient, making costs of ownership low. Wood pellet stoves are great for the home or cottage because they are attractive as well as functional.

Most parts of the country experience unexpected weather from time to time, some parts more than others, and everyone is interested in maximizing their heating efficiency. Pellet stoves are distinctly suited to homeowners who like comfort and convenience, and want an excellent product that is durable and well suited to their family's personal or entertaining needs.

St. Croix Stoves provides customers with high-quality products without the high-end prices, and the latest eco friendly heating products. Contact us for more information.

Wood Pellet Heating Systems Replace Expensive Unreliable Ones

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Community Center for the Arts, known for showcasing performing and visual arts is now attracting attention for its state-of-the-art wood pellet heating system.

Their old steam boiler system used 6.5 gallons of oil per hour or 5,500 gallons a year. As oil prices have risen, the cost of heating the facility became very expensive for the small non-profit. At one point, the center was hosting shows during the winter months at another facility because of the heating costs.

A 2011 energy audit and biomass feasibility study recommended converting the existing steam distribution system, which was near the end of its life, to a biomass heating system using wood pellets. The new system would heat all 6000 square feet of space.

The system installed includes two 191,000 Btu/hr output biomass boilers and a 50,000 Btu thermal hot water storage tank. The total project cost was $159,972 with about 35% of the total used to convert the heating distribution system from low pressure steam to hot water.

Switching to the renewable and locally produced wood pellets will save the center an estimated $10,000 annually in heating costs. In addition, the new pellet furnace has made the building more comfortable in winter.

The project also serves as a demonstration model for how other non-profits a can heat and maintain large historic buildings. Pellet furnaces and multi-fuel furnaces are an efficient and economical alternative to heating buildings and homes.

When it comes to heating, there are alternatives to oil, electric and gas furnaces.  And multi-fuel furnaces are a dependable alternative. Available in two distinct models from St. Croix Stoves, these furnaces are cost-effective and reliable. Our multi-fuel furnaces burn any of six renewable, natural fuel sources—wood pellets, distillers grain pellets, corn, wheat, rye or cherry pits—resulting in minimal emissions and clean-burning, long-lasting fuel.

For more information, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Berlin Daily Sun

Efficient and Beautiful Pellet and Mulit Fuel Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

We have a cold winter headed our way.  Over the last decade we had very few options to lower our heating bills. But today, as technology advances, more homeowners are looking for better, cheaper ways to heat their homes and stay warm. The cost of heating with oil, gas and electric is just too expensive.  

Wood pellet stoves and multi-fuel stoves give us a new, efficient way to heat our homes and cut down on our energy costs. Wood Pellet and multi fuel stoves have considerably more efficient heat output and can replace traditional ways of heating. Additionally, they add an attractive focal point to any room while doing it.

Heating with stoves has become very popular over the last few years, and pellet stoves are high on the list of favorite fuel types. As a result, pellet stoves and multi-fuel stoves have become more attractive and efficient over time, fitting into any home, any space and any décor.

The good news for consumers is that the pellet stove industry has had to remain very competitive, constantly updating, enhancing and improving the stoves on the market while keeping them affordable.

Depending on the size of the home and the pellet stove, homeowners can heat their whole home or they can effectively supplement their existing heating system, increasing their home’s warmth and their heating efficiency.  

With all the options for pellet and multi fuel stoves available, choose the right stove for your home and lifestyle. For more information on high quality, beautiful and highly efficient pellet and multi fuel stoves, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Pellet Stoves or Furnaces to Replace or Supplement Inefficient Heating this Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Farmer’s Almanac says this winter will be “Cold.”  Home heating can put a big dent in your budget during the winter. But, in order to save money, you don't have to sit around wearing layers either. You can more efficiently heat your home without going broke to do it.

Most homes have one central heat source. A furnace that is fueled by gas, oil, coal, propane or electricity have been the most common options. But not anymore. Homeowners are starting to understand that pellet stoves and pellet furnaces are an efficient and economical way to heat in the winter.

In every home there is a place where people tend to congregate, the kitchen, family room, den, or great room. But sometimes, your central heating source does not heat your home evenly. Maybe your living room is the coldest room in the house in the winter. Turning up the heat is an inefficient way to get your favorite warmer. Now you have options.

Wood pellet stoves are a perfect option for heating one or two rooms of your home. If you want the cozy feeling your favorite room can offer, but you just are not warm enough a pellet stove is the perfect solution. A traditional open fireplace is inefficient, allowing most heat to go up the chimney. An open fire in an open hearth can even make a room colder! Pellet stoves are easy to use and force the heat out into your home. Better yet, you won’t be unnecessarily heating unused areas of your home.

If you have an outdated furnace that needs replacement, a pellet fueled furnace is worth taking a look at. They are an efficient and cheaper source of heat that can be used to heat your whole home more economically that an older furnace using fossil fuels. Pellet furnaces can actually be used to replace a furnace in a forced-air heating system fairly easily.

An old oil, gas or electric furnace can be replaced by a more efficient and environmentally-friendly central heating pellet furnace, which will produce the heat need to heat your home all winter for less money. And, they work in the same way as a normal forced-air system.

For more information on pellet stoves or pellet furnaces, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Multi-Fuel Furnaces to Heat Your Home for Less

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If you have already decided to look for a better, more efficient furnace for you home this winter, you may have already consider wood fueled furnaces. But, have you thought about multi-fuel furnaces? Multi fuel furnaces have a distinct advantage over single fuel models. With a multi fuel furnace you can burn whichever fuel is cheapest when you need it. They are a convenient and economical way of heating your home.

Multi-fuel furnaces can be fueled by wood pellets, cherry pits, distiller’s grain, wheat, rye, or corn. With multi-fuel furnaces you can keep you heating bills to their lowest possible levels. If heating with rye is the least expensive this upcoming winter, then that is what you can heat with. They can also be used to give you backup or supplemental heat.

Many homeowners prefer using multi-fuel furnaces to cut down on greenhouse gases. Using bio-mass fuels for heat lowers the output of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Since multi-fuel options are renewable resources they are safe for the environment while they conserve energy.

Given the price volatility for oil and gas a multi fuel furnace gives you a way to heat your home and combat those constantly fluctuating fossil fuel costs. And, if the cost to heat your home with pellets is less than heating with cherry pits, switching from one to the other is as simple as turning the fuel selector knob.

For more information on Multi-fuel furnaces, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Pellet Stoves and Furnaces Taking Over the Northeast Corridor

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 15, 2013

A revolution is taking place across the Northeast corridor: heating with wood pellets. From residential wood pellet stoves and pellet furnaces, to institutional and industrial pellet heating of schools and factories, to college campuses.

Fully automated pellet stoves and furnaces of all sizes are steadily making inroads and are on the cusp of becoming very mainstream.

Winter is on the way, and for many, the answer to the cold is turn up the heat. The problem with that is that for blue collar families, employment can be cyclical. Families must budget money accordingly.  

When it comes time to fill up a 275 gallon tank, the heating bill is hard to swallow during a time of budgeting. When a family fills the oil tank up to 4 times in one winter, they can start talking about paying some bills rather than others.

The answer: buy a pellet stove. As the price of oil heads well above $3 a gallon, pellet heat is an economical option that is easily budgeted for and will pay for itself in just a couple of years.

The numbers speak for themselves. Figure in the cost of a pellet stove, and the cost for 2 tons of pellets to heat an average home. Consider that most homes will fill the oil tank 2.5-4times per winter. On the low side, oil is almost $3000 to heat an average home in one winter.

The numbers speak volumes for how cost effective pellets stoves can be.

It is no wonder why universities, factories, and commercial buildings are slowly switching to wood pellets as a source of heat and energy? It's because it saves money.

For more information on pellet stoves and furnaces, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Excerpts - Policy Mic

Benefits of Pellet Stoves Over Wood Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Pellet stoves make low-smoke and are easy on the environment, but what exactly makes them different from wood burning stoves?

Wood pellet stoves are generally smaller, and the bags of pellets are about the size of a bag of mulch. This makes pellets easy to store and transport. Pellet stoves are also easy to use; you just fill the stove’s hopper with pellets and push the igniter to start the fire. Depending on the size of your stove’s hopper, it may only need to be loaded once a day.
 
The fire is contained in a heat box inside the pellet stove so there is a minimum of smoke. This also keeps the outside of the stove cool. Pellets create considerably less ash than firewood and they also create less creosote, which is the most common cause of chimney fires.
 
Wood pellets are made from recycled materials and they have very low moisture content. Because they are so dry, pellets burn hotter and cleaner than wood burning stoves. Wood pellet stoves also emit fewer pollutants than traditional wood fireplaces. Many environmentalists also consider pellet stoves to be carbon neutral. Wood pellets are also inexpensive. You can purchase them in small quantities, versus the costs of purchasing a cord of firewood, or you can buy them by the ton.
 
For more information on pellet stoves, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Pellet Stove Replacement and Rebate Program in Maine

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There is quite a bit of conversation going on about renewable energy, wood and pellet fueled heating, and how to get the general public to make the switch. Last week, we talked about Maryland's incentive to pellet heating. This week, we are sharing with you how the state of Maine has joined in.

The Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection has been directed by the state legislature to establish a Residential Wood and Pellet Stove Replacement and Rebate Program to replace older model wood burning stoves and pellet stoves with newer efficient models.

According to a DEP spokeswoman, there will be a 30-day comment period before the rule is enacted. Once established, the fund will provide $450 towards the purchase of an EPA-certified wood or pellet stove and $700 for LIHEAP recipients.

The spokeswoman did say that any business that violates clean air standards in the state could be fined and that fine could go towards funding the program. Stay tuned for more in the next episode of "As Augusta Turns."

For more information on pellet stoves for your home in Maine, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Boothbay Register

Pellet Stove Rebate Program in Maryland

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This month, Maryland became the first state in the nation to provide rebates for both wood and pellet stoves, without requiring homeowners to turn in an old, uncertified stove.

On top of that, the state upped the rebate amount to $500 for wood and $700 for pellet stoves, and also made the program permanent.

A summary of the rebate says the rebates are only being offered to homes that currently oil, propane or electricity, in order to target families that are facing the highest winter heating costs. In a program Q&A on the Alliance for Green Heat’s website it read:

Q) If my primary heat already comes from wood or pellets, am I eligible?

A. Yes. MEA now offers the same incentives to households who have old wood stoves and pellet stoves, as newer stoves are more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly. All other requirements still apply to applications.

John Acklery, president of AFGH, said that as long as a homeowner’s backup fuel source is propane, oil or electric (note: natural gas is ineligible), they will be eligible for the rebate.

John pointed out that there are a few states that give tax credits or deductions for wood and pellet stoves, but Maryland is the first to have a statewide incentive. “That’s money in your pocket, so it’ll help some people out,” he said, opposed to a tax credit, which some people aren’t as interested in.

Anyway, initial data from the pilot version of the rebate in Maryland in September 2012 showed that Marylanders used the rebates for pellet stoves twice as often as for wood stoves.

For more information on pellet stoves for your home in Maryland, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Rebate information - Biomass Magazine

Pellet Furnaces are Economical and Responsible Heat

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 16, 2013

U.S. Senator Angus S. King introduced legislation that would recognize and promote the economic and environmental benefits of biomass thermal energy. TheBiomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013, or BTU Act, would amend the federal tax code to incentivize biomass energy, as it already does for several other forms of renewable energy. Currently, a host of renewable energy technologies qualify for investment tax credits for capital costs incurred in residential and commercial installations. This legislation seeks to achieve parity between those renewable systems and thermal biomass systems.

“At a time when steep energy prices drain the pockets of families across America, thermal biomass systems, like wood pellet furnaces, offer a responsible and efficient way to generate clean energy, save money, and invest in our local economies,” said Senator King. “When people purchase wood pellets, they’re not only buying a home grown and home harvested product, but they’re also directly contributing to the creation of jobs and the economic health of our state. My legislation supports that effort by placing thermal biomass systems on a level playing field with other renewable energy technologies so that Mainers and Americans can better access a more affordable, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly source of energy.”

“From ensuring that federal housing and energy programs recognize wood pellet technology to helping ensure that biomass systems are included among the incentives for renewable energy, I strongly support efforts to promote biomass, which directly benefits Maine’s economy,” said Senator Collins.

“We welcome Senator King’s leadership in this ongoing battle to get Maine’s home-grown renewable fuel accorded the same tax incentives as virtually all other forms of renewable energy,” said William Bell, Executive Director of the Maine Pellet Fuels Association. “This is not just about heating homes. More than anything, it’s about jobs; the jobs that can be created by spending our fuel dollars here. We commend Senator King for making this one of his first legislative initiatives.”

“Senator King’s bill would provide highly efficient biomass thermal equipment like pellet furnaces the same incentive that exists for nearly every other renewable energy technology, including solar thermal and electric, wind, and geothermal,” said Joseph Seymour, Executive Director of the national non-profit Biomass Thermal Energy Council. “Thermal energy is typically the forgotten pathway in our national energy discussion, so the Senator should be commended for recognizing biomass thermal technologies as a base-load, local, and affordable option within our tax code.”

“We applaud Senator King for his leadership in introducing this critical piece of legislation,” said Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director of the Pellet Fuels Institute. “Our current energy policy largely overlooks thermal energy produced from biomass. Simply stated – the BTU Act bill is good for job creation and the environment, and is a huge step forward in putting biomass thermal energy on a level playing field with competing renewable energy technologies.”

According to industry advocates, thermal biomass systems reduce heating bills by an average of 40% percent. With respect to wood pellet boilers, pellets cost roughly the equivalent of $1.70 to $2.00 per gallon of heating fuel. Additionally, nearly every cent of biomass heating investments is returned to the local economy whereas 80 percent of every heating oil dollar is sent out of the state. In New York State and New England, it has been estimated that for every 100,000 tons of pellets manufactured, 342 direct jobs are manufactured.

In Maine alone, several organizations and 36 schools operate on thermal biomass systems.

For more information on pellet or multi fuel furnaces, contact St. Croix Stoves.

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