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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

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 Let You Go Green and Save Money

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2012
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Many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly, renewable, green, sustainable - the list goes on. Homeowners are also looking for ways to lower home heating bills. Do both at the same time.

Pellet heat: the clever alternative

Pellets are small and generally made from recycled wood or agricultural products, like wheat or corn. They burn in pellet and multi fuel stoves, inserts and furnaces to help heat your home.

Positive Environmental Impact

Pellet stoves are an extremely clean-burning heating option. They are also a “carbon neutral” fuel, meaning the amount of carbon emitted from burning pellets is equal to, or less than, the amount of carbon plants need to make the fuel. In fact, research showed heating with wood pellets emits about 90% less carbon than oil, and 84% less carbon than natural gas.

Making the switch

If you’re tired of relying on foreign oil and want to help the environment, you’re not alone. Approximately 1 million homes in the U.S. currently use pellet stoves for heating. That number is expected to rise as international oil prices remain volatile, and the ill effects of environmental pollution and outsourcing remain.

Pellet appliances – pellet burning stoves and multi fuel furnaces allow homeowners to tap into this efficient, eco-friendly trend.

Extended burn times and high efficiency ratings make pellets a viable option for heating your home.

Do something to help the environment that actually makes sense and saves you money. Pellets are a practical option to help heat your home. For more information, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Journal Sentinel

High Heating Costs Expected This Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Mother Nature might not be as friendly toward Midwestern homeowners’ heating budgets for the 2012-13 winter as she was a year earlier.

One way to avoid the increasing prices of fossil fuels is by heating your home with pellet stoves, mult-fuel stoves or multi-fuel furnaces. Pellet and biomass heat allow you to supplement your current home heating or to heat your home off the grid altogether.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released its Winter Fuels Outlook, which offers year-to-year projections of the costs U.S. consumers will face to heat their homes.

The federal agency predicts that this winter won’t be as mild in many parts of the US as last year’s, resulting in heavier use of home heating systems.

“EIA expects higher average fuel bills this winter in states east of the Rocky Mountains,” the fuels outlook noted. “A return to a near-normal winter is the main driver of higher expenditures.”

In the Midwest, the Energy Information Administration predicts that prices for natural gas and propane will be up slightly compared to last year. Heating oil’s price trend is expected to make a sharper climb from last year than the other fuels.

But when consumption levels are factored in along with raw fuel prices, overall bills for all heating types are expected to move upward from last year’s.

In Northwest Michigan, the cash price for heating oil stood at $4.19 per gallon, up 43 cents from a year ago.

Heating oil is expected to move upward in cost in the months ahead. But like other products that incorporate crude oil as their primary ingredient, marketplace conditions can cause sharp price variations.

For more information on home heating with biomass fuel, contact St. Croix Stoves.

petoskeynews.com

Spend Less for Heat with Multi-Fuel Furnaces

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Home owners are tired of spending so much on energy.

Have worked in the commercial side of things; why not heat your homes with a multi fuel furnace? Multi-fuel furnaces are a dependable alternative. Available in two distinct models, these furnaces can supplement your current source of heat, while being cost-effective and reliable.

Costs to heat and cool homes takes a larger chunk each year from increasingly tight budgets. There is interest in finding fuel sources and equipment that are environmentally friendly and low-maintenance. The answer, both literally and figuratively, is in the backyard. Multi-fuel furnaces burn any of six renewable, natural fuel sources—wood pellets, distillers grain pellets, corn, wheat, rye or cherry pits.

There are many benefits of saying goodbye to fossil fuel and embracing wood heat. Since residential pellet stoves have become commonplace, more people have found out that heating with wood pellets is clean, safe, less expensive and makes sense.

European countries have used biomass heating and cooling for years, because they have fewer resources and always have had to conserve energy. With the rising prices of oil and the realization that oil won’t be around forever, more and more U.S. communities are beginning to make the change to biomass.

Fuels include wood, corn, grass, manure or other biodegradable fuel sources. Wood pellets are readily available and, for the environmentally conscious, there’s an added bonus. After the pellets burn, only recyclable ash remains because drying the wood reduces the moisture content from 42% to 5%.

Heating with a pellet or multi fuel furnace can cut heating costs in half.

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

Sun Journal

Multi-Fuel Furnaces are a Better Way to Heat Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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If you are building a new home or looking to upgrade the heating system on your existing home, consider a multi fuel furnace. Regular gas or electric furnaces are traditional, but you have other options for your home you may not have known about.

Multi-fuel furnaces are a dependable heating alternative. Available from St. Croix in two distinct models, multi-fuel furnaces can supplement your current furnace, while being cost-effective and reliable. They burn any of six renewable, fuel s: wood pellets, distillers grain pellets, corn, wheat, rye or cherry pits.

The SCF-050 is an innovative multi-fuel furnace built to warm your home that is designed as a supplement for your current heating system.

The Revolution is a practical multi-fuel furnace for high-powered heat with a dual-hopper ignition system and a high heating capacity. The furnace uses wood pellets for self-ignition and then runs on any of six natural fuels using its second hopper.

Are you interested in a multi-fuel furnace for your home? Contact St. Croix.


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