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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

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.

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.

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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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Wood Pellet Furnaces Save You Money on Heating

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

A project to install wood pellet furnaces in northern New Hampshire has reached out to an apartment complex in Berlin.

The Berlin Housing Authority’s Welch apartment complex expects to save $11,000 a year on heating fuel with the installation of the wood pellet furnaces.

The project is part of the Berlin Model Neighborhood Project, which is helping the region move away from dependence on imported oil toward a local energy source to help create jobs and strengthen the forest economy.

The Welch complex, which houses 55 elderly and disabled people, also plans to upgrade its hot water system, insulate crawlspaces, add water conservation features and program thermostats.

‘‘The Berlin Housing Authority is leading the way in energy efficiency and their investments are helping residents lower their energy consumption and costs,’’ said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen,.

The Neighborhood Project has funded installation of the boilers in 37 home. It plans to complete conversions in three more homes and renovate the Notre Dame School this fall.

Multi-fuel furnaces and wood pellet furnaces are a dependable and less expensive alternative to heating with fossil fuels. Available in two distinct models from St. Croix Stoves, these furnaces can supplement your current source of heat, while being cost-effective and reliable.  If you are interested in saving money on home heating this winter, you need information on wood pellet and multi-fuel furnaces from St. Croix Stoves, contact Us.

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Pellet Heat Can Save Thousands of Dollars in Home Heating Costs

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A quiet revolution is taking place: heating with wood and wood pellets. Pellet heat ranges in application from residential pellet stoves and pellet furnaces, to institutional pellet furnaces heating schools and factories.

Fully automated pellet systems, bulk wood pellet delivery, and advanced technology pellet furnaces and boilers with engineered emissions controls, are steadily making inroads and on the cusp of mainstream acceptance.

In the winter, when oil prices are high and inches of snow have covered everything, filling an oil tank is a hard bill to swallow. When you have to do that several times every winter, it gets very expensive.

The answer: buy a pellet stove in the summer. In the summer there is time to do your research, time to weigh the pro’s and con’s of pellet heat, and there is no wait for installation.

As oil prices continue to rise ever winter, this will be one of your smartest home purchases.

Between the cost of the pellet stove and the cost of an average of two tons of pellets to heat your home all winter long, the cost of the pellet stove will pay for itself in savings in no time. In fact, by replacing oil heat with pellet heat, you will save thousands of dollars over the life of the stove.

The numbers speak volumes for how cost effective pellets stoves can be. There is a reason why pellet stoves and pellet furnaces are taking over home heating as well as industrial heating.

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

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Advantages of Pellet and Multi Fuel Furnaces

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The technology of multi fuel furnaces is catching on. Spring is the perfect time to change out your home heating system.

  • Wood pellet furnaces and multi fuel furnaces can save many homeowners 40-60% on their heating costs.
  • Heating oil and propane have been experiencing inflationary trends.  (13+ years of 9.2% and higher inflation)
  • Homeowners will enjoy the same or better level of comfort from a pellet or multi fuel heating system as they do from their traditional heat source.
  • Some estimates show an investment in a pellet furnace can provide a return on investment (ROI) as high as 49% per year over 15 years.
  • Wood pellets and multi fuel options are readily available and can be delivered to your home.
  • Pellet furnace technology is proven with over a million successful installations.
  • Wood pellet fuel is not as bulky, burns cleaner, and is much more convenient than firewood.
  • Wood pellets and other renewable energy help sustain the regional economy where you live.
  • Wood pellets improve the energy security of the region where you live.
  • Wood pellet prices are not impacted by world markets, the inflationary effects of a weakening dollar and the growing demand for energy abroad.
  • Rebates and grants can bring installed costs down.
  • Fuel cost savings can amount to tens of thousands of dollars, which can be saved, or spent in better ways.

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

Switching to Pellet Furnaces Saves Money on Energy Bills

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A project to install pellet furnaces in over 30 homes in New England, is saving money on residential heating bills. The homeowners participating are on track to save more than $50,000 a year on home heating now that they've replaced their oil burners with wood pellet furnaces.

St. Croix Stoves has created two different multi-fuel furnaces, the Revolution and the SCF-050, to help you save on your energy bills. Spring is the perfect time to make the switch. Both of our multi fuel furnaces are designed to burn pellets, corn, wheat, cherry pits, distiller’s grain pellets or rye. Using renewable fuels is an environmentally wise choice and can reduce traditional heating bills.

The “Revolution” multi fuel furnace virtually runs itself. It has a rotating ash and clinker removal system and is self-igniting as well as a revolutionary, patent-pending burn-pot and a dual hopper ignition system. Pellets are used for lighting the furnace; it then switches to the chosen fuel in the main hopper. The “Revolution” pot rotates every two hours without the unit ever shutting down.

The innovative features of the SCF-050 multi fuel furnace include: extended heat exchange surface, large clinker and ash pan, convenient fire viewing glass and direct thru-the-wall venting. The SCF-050 multi fuel furnace also includes a manually switchable two-speed room air blower. The digital control board can also be connected to an optional room thermostat. A unique clinker and ash removal system allows continuous furnace operation.

The “Revolution” multi-fuel furnace can be used for supplemental heat or as a stand-alone heater.  Our SCF-050 multi-fuel furnace supplies supplemental heat in conjunction with your present heating system or it can be used as a stand-alone heater.  

Keep more cash in your pocket and make an environmentally sound decision.  Choose one of our St. Croix multi fuel furnaces for your home.

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.


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