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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.

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.

Summer is the Perfect Time to Make the Switch to Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 31, 2013

There are a lot of benefits to heating your home with pellet stoves. And this is the perfect time of year to consider making the switch. But let’s talk about the benefits of pellet heat first.

Pellet heat is far less expensive than other home heating options like gas, oil, electricity and propane. If your home heating bills are taxing your wallet in the winter, it is time to consider a less expensive option. Pellet stoves can be used to heat your home entirely, or they can be used to supplement your existing heating system. Either way you will save money. Additionally, pellet heat is easy to budget. Wood pellet and other multi-fuel stoves are not subject to price fluctuations. The prices of pellets stays constant all winter long.

Pellet stoves are a green source of heat. Using renewable fuel sources reduces your carbon footprint. As a result, you can feel better about heating your home. An added benefit to pellet heat is that it also keeps you ‘off the grid’. If you are interested in a sustainable fuel source for heating your home, pellet stoves are the answer.

Pellets are easy to use and easy to store. Pellets are delivered to your home on one-ton pallets. To use, grab a bag and empty it into the hopper, all done. No stacking, no lugging, no cleaning up wood debris. Pellets are clean and easy to transport, making  using your pellet stove easy as pie.

Pellet stoves are beautiful to look at. While heating your home, you can relax in front of a roaring, relaxing fire. And to light that fire, you only need to flick a switch. Many pellet stoves can be controlled with  remote and/or by a thermostat. No more struggling to light the fire after a long day at work.

Summer is a great time to consider converting your heat to a pellet stove. Avoid the rush and the stress. The summer gives you the time to do your research, time to do price comparisons between heating with pellets and your present heat source, and time to have it installed before you actually need it.

For more information on pellet stoves or multi-fuel stoves to heat your home this winter, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Pellet Stoves Are More Popular

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today, nearly one in three stoves sold are pellet stoves, up from just 11% market share in 1999.

Pellet stoves have lower emissions profiles than wood burning stoves. However, pellet stoves have rarely been recognized in rebate and incentive programs as distinct from wood stoves. Distinct incentives from manufacturers or retailers could increase pellet stove sales. Incentives have consumers inquiring about pellet stoves. Once consumers understand how easy to use and efficient pellet stoves are and how easy to store pellets are they are more interested in buying pellet stoves over wood stoves. When consumers find out about the benefits of pellet stoves, the decision to buy is an easy one. Lower heating bills, more heating efficiency and ease of use are just some of the benefits of pellet stoves.  

Pellet stoves are an example of a new and effective renewable energy technology. Pellet stoves should be treated like solar and geothermal in the federal tax code, then many more consumers would have a very affordable way to reduce fossil fuels.

For more information on pellet stoves and their rebate programs, 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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Reasons to Switch to Pellet Stoves for Heat

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If you heat your home with oil, gas or electricity, your home heating costs have only been going up over the years. Fossil fuels prices are subject to uncontrolled environmental factors which make it impossible to budget for your home bills.
 
With pellet heat, not only is your home heating more efficient, it is more affordable and the prices for pellets won’t go up as winter goes on.  If you're looking to save money, consider heating with a pellet stove. There are so many benefits that heating with pellets can bring.

Here are some things you should know about heating with wood pellet stoves and furnaces.

Good for the environment. Wood pellet stoves use wood waste, like sawdust, that is turned into pellets. Wood pellets are a renewable energy.

Lower heating bills. Heating with pellet stoves will save you money on your heating bills.

Efficient. Pellet stoves are very efficient with a rating of more than 80%. St Croix pellet stoves are over 83% efficient.  With this efficiency you will get a lot of heat for the pellets you use.

Durable. Pellet stoves are very popular and are built to last. Your new pellet stove can give you a lifetime of less expensive, efficient heat.

Availability of pellets. Wood pellets are readily available. The price will not fluctuate during one winter, and you will always know what you are going to spend. If tow pallets are going to heat your home for a winter, you know that is all you need, and you can buy them at any time knowing that that is a fixed cost for the rest of the winter.

A pellet stove will cost you less to run, they are attractive and they good for the environment. In fact, right now there is even a federal tax credit of up to $300 for your new pellet stove purchase, making it the perfect time to buy.

Now that you know the benefits of heating with a pellet stove, contact St. Croix Stoves for  more information.

Benefits of Pellet Stoves for Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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If you are looking at better, more effective and more economical ways to heat your home, you should consider wood pellet stoves. The benefits of a wood pellet stove include a higher combustion and heating efficiency than your traditional wood stove. As a result, little air pollution is produced. Heating capacities for St. Croix pellet stoves range up to 40,000 BTU’s per hour.

Pellet stoves can fit in traditional or modern homes and the large windows allow you to relax and enjoy the fire, just like with a wood stove.

Hastings Pellet Stoves – the exact look and feel of a traditional wood burning stove.

Afton Bay Pellet Stoves – captures the style of traditional fireplaces, while adopting all the efficiencies of modern pellet stoves.

For more information, contact St. Croix Stoves.


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