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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 Stove Inserts Make Open Fireplaces More Efficient

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 27, 2013

If you have chosen this summer to do some home repair projects and have included in that list updating the old open masonry hearth, consider pellet inserts. If you are interested in using your fireplace, but you would like it to be more efficient and effective in heating your home, pellet fireplace inserts are the perfect answer.

For homeowners who don’t have time to fix or renovate their existing fireplace, but are interested in maximizing its use, fireplace inserts make them highly effective and highly efficient.  A pellet stove can be placed inside an open fireplace and used to supplement the heating system in your home.
 
Pellet heat is an efficient, easy to use heat, fueled by renewable resources.  By supplement your existing home heating with pellet fireplace inserts, you will significantly decrease your home heating bills next winter.  Pellet stove inserts have many other advantages as well.
 

  • Save on energy expenses
  • Lessen related expenses to heating systems
  • Increase efficiency of old masonry fireplace
  • Pellets are easy to store and use
  • Pellets are renewable energy

For all of the above reasons, homeowners have found pellet stove inserts are the perfect way to stay warm and save money during the cold months while allowing you to maximize the heating efficiency of your fireplace.  

St. Croix Stoves pellet inserts are beautifully made. If you are interested in benefiting from the full potential of your fireplace, contact us.

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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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.

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 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.

More are Using Pellet Stoves as Heating Costs Rise

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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More Americans are turning to burning wood, in the form of wood pellets, to heat their homes in winter. As a result, demand for wood pellets could be on the rise. All this according to National Geographic.

The rise in prices for traditional home heating fuels is driving demand for wood and pellet fuel. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that after declining in use throughout the ’80s and ’90s, wood for fuel has been on the rise for the past decade. It noted that households using wood as a main source of heat, including wood pellet stoves, increased from 1.87 million in 2005 to 2.47 million in 2011.

As wood experiences a resurgence in use, more Americans are turning to pellet stoves and furnaces to heat their homes. “Pellets are much cleaner in terms of emissions,” John Ackerly of the Alliance for Green Heat, a nonprofit organization that advocates the use of high-efficiency wood for home heating, told National Geographic. “They are a low-moisture, consistent, dense wood product. Wood can be variable, and when people burn wet wood in a stove they produce a lot of emissions. Wood can be very operator-dependent.”

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

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Save Money by Buying a New Pellet Stove

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

When you buy a pellet stove you are actually going to save money. There are ways to spend money in order to save money and pellet stoves are a perfect example.

Pellet stoves will pay for themselves, often in just one year. If you are paying thousands of dollars to heat your home with oil, then a pellet stove is the right choice for you. There are many other advantages to heating your home with a pellet stove.

Another advantage is ease of installation. No chimney, no problem! Pellet stoves can be installed on any outside wall, even if there is no chimney, making any room in your home capable of pellet heat. But pellet stove users will also tell you that they love the efficiency and the inexpensive fuel, too. Pellets are an inexpensive fuel that are easy to store and easy to use, and pellet stoves are energy efficient too.

Installing an energy-efficient pellet stove is a great, appealing way to zone heat your home. Zone heating the areas of your home where you spend the most time reduces your home heating bill up to 40%.

You can feel good investing in a pellet stove when it will add warmth and appeal to a room and save you money on heating bills. Contact St. Croix Stoves for more information on saving money with a new pellet stove.


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