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Pellet Furnaces are Getting more Popular

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

pellet-furnace-St.-Croix-StovesWood pellet furnaces and multi fuel furnaces are receiving a lot of publicity, because burning wood is “carbon neutral” and will therefore help you reduce your carbon footprint while lowering your winter heating bills. With the rise of heating oil prices, many homeowners are choosing to make the switch to pellet furnaces. And Spring is the perfect time to make the switch.
 
Here are some common reasons that homeowners are making the switch to pellet furnaces:

Pellet furnaces can get you off the grid by replacing oil and gas furnaces.
 
Modern pellet furnaces are automatic and extremely easy to use.

You'll have the same control and flexibility as your traditional furnace, but they are more economical.

Wood pellets are smaller and more convenient than logs. They are easier to store and move around.

You can use these pellet furnaces to heat your homes if you want to save money or help the environment.

Pellet and multi fuel furnaces are extremely efficient, pellets give you much more heat than other fuels.  

Wood pellets and other multi fuel options are most likely to be less expensive than any other fuel especially oil.

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

Cut Down on Heating with Pellet Stoves and Inserts

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Even though it is now spring many consumers are looking for ways to help lower their heating bills after this past winter. There are various ways to do this, change the heating system in your home, supplement the heat in your home, or provide better heat to the few main rooms in your home that you regularly use.

While the 3 ideas above are all different, you can accomplish all of them with a wood pellet stove. Many homeowners are heating their homes purely with pellet heat through either pellet stoves or pellet furnaces. Pellet stoves, depending on the size of your home and the size of the pellet stove, are more than capable of heating your home. However, most often, wood burning and pellet stoves are used as supplemental heat, or for heating the most used rooms in your home.

Over the years, pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts have become more efficient and safer to use. The price of gas and oil has dramatically increased over the last decade making pellet stoves and inserts an economical, easy, and attractive heating solution for homeowners looking to decrease heating bills.

Rather than spending several thousands of dollars replacing a heating system or converting from oil to gas, a pellet stove that supplements your homes heat can dramatically cut down on heating costs and the upfront costs are significantly less. The installation of a pellet stove is much less expensive than the costs associated with wood or gas stoves because pellet stoves can be vented through a wall, meaning no chimney needed.

While you are saving money, you can feel good about burning a pellet stove as well.  The Environmental Protection Agency calls pellet heat one of the "cleanest-burning heating appliances available today".

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

Pellet Stoves Are Increasing in Sales for Many Reasons

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 02, 2013

In 1999, pellet stoves only had an 11% share of the stove market.  In 2008, they had a nearly 43% and today, for every three stoves sold, two are wood stoves and one is a pellet stove.

Pellet stoves are cleaner to operate in homes than almost all wood stoves.  Pellet stoves burn 24/7 and are usually a home’s primary heat source, which is okay since they are a renewable energy.  Pellet stoves typically make as much or more energy than residential solar panels and drastically reduce a home’s fossil fuel use.

Pellet stoves and fuel did not take hold until the mid 1990s, when the component parts of the stoves became more standardized and less expensive. However, pellet stove reliability has improved over the years and installation costs are lower than wood stoves, giving them an edge in the marketplace.

Changing demographics is also likely to favor pellets.  As the population ages, more and more people will be switching from wood to pellets because pellet stoves are easier to use and maintain than wood stoves. Pellet stoves do not involve as much periphery work as wood burning stoves either, making them easier to use for an aging generation.

Pellet stoves are recognized with wood stoves in Federal rebate and incentive programs, however, pellet stoves have a lower emission profile than wood stoves. There is a federal tax credit that applies to pellet stoves right now and ongoing state incentive programs in Idaho, Maryland, Montana and Oregon.

Rebates for pellet stoves specifically are more popular because pellet stoves are more likely than wood stoves to be used as the primary home heating source and pellet stoves are usually cleaner than wood.

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

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Pellet Stoves are a Better Alternative

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

St Croix Pellet Stove HastingsToday the price of heating oil is $3.93. An average tank needs to be filled several times in one winter, making the cost of heating with oil for one winter around, or in most cases above $1500 for an average sized home. This is too much money. Most home heating bills are too high. There is an alternative: heating with pellets.

The biggest challenge in heating your home with oil is the fluctuation in cost. The price can go up at any given time, making it very difficult to budget for your home heating expenses. When you use pellet stoves, the price of pellets does not change throughout the winter. If it takes two tons of pellets to heat your home with a pellet stove, it will always take two tons of pellets to heat your home. When you heat with a pellet stove, you can budget for your heating bill at the beginning of the winter, with no surprises.

Pellet stoves are an alternative to help lower your home heating costs. Pellet stoves use wood and other biomass to heat your home, making the fuel much more economical than heating oil. Pellet stoves have their own in-built hopper, and are automated to feed the fire when necessary depending on the heat output you need. This makes pellet stoves very easy and efficient to run.

But there is another advantage to using pellet stoves to heat your home, biomass heat has low carbon emissions, making them a greener solution. For more information on heating your home with a pellet stove, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Pellet Furnaces - A Better Way to Heat

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Home heating with wood pellet furnaces is a growing trend. Europeans have been using this technology for years and it is now beginning to catch on in the US. Why? Because Americans are interested in cost savings and a more environmentally friendly way of heating their homes.

Once you make the decision to heat your home with a pellet or multi fuel furnace, you can forget about rising heating costs and the price of oil. The cost of home heating has been going up for years, making homeowners interested in exploring their heating options; many have discovered pellet and multi fuel furnaces.

Pellet furnaces give homeowners a higher return on investment.  Pellets are cheap, easy to find, easy to store and easy to use, taking the stress out of heating. Multi fuel furnaces burn any of 6 renewable types of fuel, making them a dependable and economical alternative.

If you are looking for a better way to heat your home, contact St. Croix Stoves.

The Pro’s of Pellet and Multi Fuel Furnaces

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 06, 2013

If you have been considering an alternative way to heat your home, you have probably heard of pellet furnaces or mulit fuel furnaces. This is a more efficient and more environmentally friendly way to heat your home. Why is this becoming a popular way to heat?

Pellet furnaces are environmentally friendly - Wood pellet and multi fuel furnaces are environmentally friendly. They burn wood for fuel. The pellets are made from wood, or you can use cherry pits, corn, rye or wheat, or distilled grain.  

Heat output – A pellet furnace can heat your entire home more efficiently.

Efficient - Many wood pellet and multi fuel furnaces are upwards of 80% efficient. This means that more than 80% of the heat from the furnace goes to heating your home. Older furnaces can be as low as 60% efficient, this means you are paying to create heat you are not using to heat your home.

Less expensive to run - As well as being more efficient wood pellet and multi fuel furnaces are less expensive to run than traditional furnaces, especially if you're currently using oil. Pellets are around 30% cheaper than the oil needed to produce the same amount of heat.

Availability of wood pellets or multi fuel options  - You can fuel your furnace and heat  your home with the most cost effective fuel in your geographic area. These fuel options are also readily available and from domestic sources, which means they are much less expensive than gas or oil.
 
For more information on multi fuel furnaces, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Multi-Fuel Stoves are Increasing in Popularity

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Multi-fuel stoves are becoming increasingly popular because people want options as fuel prices rise. As the name suggests, multi fuel stoves and inserts give you multiple fuel options so you can keep your home energy costs in hand.

Multi fuel stoves allow you to be much less dependent on oil and gas for heat. Not only will you be reducing your energy bills by using multi fuel stoves, but you will be going green too. Biomass fuel produces clean energy that is safe for the environment. And, because the stoves and inserts use biomass fuel, you may be eligible for state tax credits as well.  

Multi fuel stoves and inserts are cheap to run and are convenient to use because the fuel is readily available. Corn kernels for fuel have proved to be one of the most cost effective ways to heat homes. But, multi fuel stoves and inserts are extremely efficient regardless of which fuel option you choose. Therefore, because you have multiple options, you can use the fuel that is the least expensive while staying warm and cozy all winter long.

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

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.

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.


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