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Multi-Fuel Stoves Save You Money on Heat

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 21, 2013

With the ever rising costs of fossil fuels, many are looking to more efficient, green, biomass heat. What does that mean? Biomass heat is heat fueled by renewable resources. Wood , wood pellets, and corn are examples of biomass fuel for heating your home. Biomass creates energy from the burning of bio fuels like excessive corn. Corn is a popular fuel source.

As we look for alternative ways to heat our home, biomass is becoming a popular choice with the use of multi fuel stoves. Corn is an excellent biomass power source because there is a large amount of energy in each kernel. When used to in a multi fuel stove, corn can produce as much heat as traditional pellet stove, but at a much lower cost.

Generally, using corn for heat will cost you half as much as oil, 30% less than coal and 70% less than natural gas. For more information on saving money on heating your home with a multi-fuel stove, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Pellet Stoves Compared to Wood Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 14, 2013

If you are thinking of improving the heating efficiency in your home, you may be trying to decide between a pellet stoves and a wood burning stove. There are some distinct advantages to pellet stoves and inserts that you should consider.

Pellet stoves have around a 90% efficiency rating and their BTU output, or heat output is about s 4 to 5 times greater than most wood stoves with far less air particle pollutants. Pellet stoves are the most efficient stoves on the market.

Easy to operate, once the hopper is filled a pellet stoves turns on with the push of a button and require far less loading than a traditional wood stove. Many pellet stoves and inserts can be used with a thermostat as well and have built in fans to help circulate the warm air.

Pellet stoves are generally more expensive than wood burning stoves, but the venting is significantly cheaper, balancing out the cost. Additionally, because pellet stoves are so efficient, they are also very economical to run.

Both types of stoves require maintenance. However, pellets create far less ash than wood burning stoves, so they need to cleaned less frequently. Because pellets are self contained, there is no mess in the storage and transporting of pellets, making for a much cleaner home.

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

Benefits of Pellet Stove Inserts

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 05, 2013

If you have traditional masonry fireplace, you may have thought about converting it to pellet heat. Pellet stoves and inserts are clean, easy to use and easy to care for. Pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts produce efficient heating.

By adding a pellet stove insert to your fireplace, you’ll have the pellet heat you’ve been wanting for a price you can afford. Built to replace your current fireplace, the Ashby pellet insert offers all the benefits of a standard pellet stove while fitting into your existing fireplace.

Pellet stove inserts are better than wood fireplaces because they burn cleaner without smoke and soot. Another benefit is that pellets are easy to store and load. Of course, they turn on with the push of a button and many can be used with thermostats.

When it’s really cold it can be discouraging to have to bring in a load of wood. Woodpiles also are home insects and rodent. With pellet stove inserts, these problems do not exist. Instead of wood, a pellet stove insert is fueled by easy to carry, store and handle pellets.

For more information on pellet stove inserts, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Pellet Stoves for Green Heat

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Are you looking for a less expensive, greener way to heat your home? Look at pellet stoves. In fact, there is also a Federal Biomass Tax Credit for up to $300 rebate on the purchase and professional installation on a pellet stove that is over 75% efficient.

Traditionally, to heat our homes we have had to rely on fossil fuels; oil, gas, and coal. But pellet heat is alternative heating technology which can heat your home without compromising warmth, comfort and convenience. And, because pellet stoves are a biomass stove, they qualify for the federal tax credit.

Wood pellets are considered biomass and are made out of recycled sawdust. Sawdust is a byproduct, a waste which would normally end up in a land fill. Additionally, pellet stoves that are more than 75% efficient are very clean burning. By using wood pellet stoves, we can heat our homes, save money and protect the planet.

For more information on pellet stoves or the Federal Biomass Tax Credit, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Choosing an Eco Friendly Stove or Fireplace Insert

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

During the winter fireplaces tend to be the focal point of many homes. But the typical open masonry fireplace is not an efficient or environmentally sensitive heating source.

Most efficient and eco friendly fireplaces are either fireplace inserts, or free standing stoves. They tend to produce less pollution than standard fireplaces.

First, decide if you are interested in a fireplace insert or stove primarily for heating or for decorative purposes.

For more serious heat, consider wood and pellet stove inserts, or wood and pellet stoves.

When considering pellet stoves or fireplace inserts, you should know the following:

Pellet stoves: Wood pellets are 3/8 of an inch to 1 inch.

The pellets are made from compressed sawdust, wood chips, bark, agricultural waste and other organic materials.

Pellets are much more convenient to operate and have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces. As a result, pellet stoves produce very little air pollution and are considered the cleanest of the solid fuel-burning residential heating appliances.

For more information on pellet stoves and inserts for your home, contact St. Croix Stoves.

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Did You Buy a New Pellet Stove in 2012?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 17, 2013

If you did buy a pellet stove last year, then you should know that a Federal Tax Credit for Wood and Pellet Stoves was Reinstated for 2013 and Retroactive to 2012.

Congress passed a bill addressing parts of the Fiscal Cliff, and it included a reinstatement of the $300 tax credit for wood and pellet stoves that are 75% efficient using lower heating value.

In addition to the purchase price, consumers can include the cost of professional installation of their pellet stove which is important to the proper and safe operation.

The pellet stove provision provides for a 10% tax credit up to $300 for stoves bought in 2013 and it is retroactive, so that all eligible stoves purchased in 2012 can also get the credit. This credit is extended through December 31, 2013.

The bill language that makes it retroactive did so by just extending the credit that existed in 2011, through December 31, 2013.

The Alliance for Green Heat applauds the reinstatement of the tax credit for wood and pellet stove.

To take advantage of the tax credit on a new pellet stove this year, contact St. Croix Stoves.

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Advantages of Multi Fuel Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Multi-fuel stoves look similar to wood burning or pellet stoves. The fire is contained behind a glass door, and there is a flue or chimney for the smoke to escape. However, multi-fuel stoves, as the name suggests, can be used for burning different types of fuel and many people burn wood pellets as well as corn, cherry pits and wheat.

multi-fuel stoves are popular because the fuel they burn is renewable. The value in Multi-fuel stoves is their convenience and efficiency.

Advantages

A oves are popular because the fuel they burn is renewable. The value in multi-fuel stove has the flexibility of enabling you to burn the fuel that is most affordable and available where you live.

Multi-fuel burners enable you to use pellets, cherry pits, corn and wheat which are more easily stored than wood and less expensive than natural gas.

They are attractive as wood stoves so they make a cozy romantic atmosphere.

Pellets do not need to be seasoned before it is ready to use.

For information on multi fuel stoves, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Multi-Fuel Stoves are Gaining in Popularity

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Multifuel stoves are fast becoming the new trend. With the prices for gas and electricity getting higher,multi-fuel stoves are the new alternative source of heat.

Over the last few years many modifications have been made to multi-fuel stoves making them easier to use, more modern and ultimately much more efficient and attractive. Multifuel stoves come complete with ash pan and grate and can heat your entire home or supplement your existing heating system. Either way, multi fuel stoves will save you money on heating bills.

Once you have felt the warmth and comfort from a multi fuel stove you will want a real fire in your home.

Multi fuel stoves are airtight so they don’t burn as much fuel as an open wood fire and they are significantly more efficient. This is because with an open fire your heat goes up the chimney but with a multi fuel stove, the heat generated is forced out into the home.

For more information on multi-fuel stoves, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Homeowners are Choosing Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A lot of homeowners are thinking about installing pellet stoves to stay warm this winter, and for good reason: They burn cleanly, produce tons of heat, and require little maintenance. And people who own pellet stoves absolutely love them.

A pellet stoves is a heating appliance that’s similar to a wood stove, but instead of burning firewood, it burns compressed hardwood pellets that are considered carbon-neutral.

Pellet Stoves

Here’s how a pellet stove works: You pour pellets into the storage hopper located at the top. An electric auger delivers the pellets from the hopper to the burn chamber. Sensors within the stove monitor the fuel supply and tell the auger when to drop a new pellet. It will put in just enough pellets to keep the fire burning small but extremely hot. There are never more than a small handful of pellets in the burn chamber at any one time.

A pellet stoves has a combustion blower that pulls outside air into the stove through a fresh-air vent and then blows out smoke and fumes through a stainless-steel exhaust vent. There’s also a convection blower that draws room air into the stove and blows heated air into the room through a series of heat-exchange tubes. The stove will automatically deliver heat, based on the thermostat setting. All you need to do is keep the hopper filled with pellets.

There are two basic types of pellet stoves: freestanding models and pellet stove inserts that fit into existing fireplaces. And while pellet stoves are typically installed as a supplement to the home’s primary heating system, that doesn’t mean they can’t heat your entire home if you want it to.

Pellet stoves burn so hot and clean that there’s very little ash left behind, especially compared with woodstoves. The owner usually has to empty the pellet stove’s ash pan just once a week, even if the stove is used every day. And pellets produce virtually no creosote, which is a major cause of chimney fires.

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

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Pellet Stove Maintenance Tips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts are a great way to save energy and money, but they must be maintained properly. Pellet stoves are operated electrically and have circuits and moving parts. The most important thing a pellet stove owner can do is thoroughly read the owner’s manual. Here are some tips on routine and seasonal maintenance of pellet stoves.

After initial installation:

The first thing you want to do is check the hopper (where the pellets are held) for spare or foreign parts. Whether the pellet stove is new or used, you want to be sure you’re not running something through the auger (the part that moves the pellets to the feed pot for burning. It is best to hire a professional to do the installation. Proper installation and getting to know your stove will lay the groundwork for fewer problems down the line.

Preparing your pellet stove or insert for the new heating season:

You want to be sure all parts of the Pellet stoves, pipes, and chimney are clean and free of debris. Any pellets that were in the stove should have been removed at the end of the last heating season. Pellets absorb water and break down, so you need to burn off or scoop out any remaining pellets at the end of the season.

Pellet stove maintenance during the heating season:

It’s important to pay attention to your stove every day. Just by walking by notice how it sounds. Weekly cleaning is very important as is using quality pellets. Primarily, you are cleaning out the firebox and any glass. An ash vacuum will get out as much ash as possible once the stove has cooled down. Otherwise, scoop out any ash, wipe down the inside, and use any glass cleaning product for stove windows.

Preparing your pellet stove for the end of the season:

Again, make sure your stove is well-cleaned. 99% of all mechanical problems can be traced to the stove not being clean enough. You can also unscrew any panels or pipes the stove has and vacuum out the inside. Remove all pellets for the hopper.

If you do encounter problems with your pellet stove or insert, don’t be afraid to call in a professional. While pellet stoves are not mechanically complicated, it helps to have someone working on your stove that can troubleshoot more easily and have quick access to replacement parts.

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

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