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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 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.

Homeowners are Choosing Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A lot of homeowners are thinking about installing pellet stoves to stay warm this winter, and for good reason: They burn cleanly, produce tons of heat, and require little maintenance. And people who own pellet stoves absolutely love them.

A pellet stoves is a heating appliance that’s similar to a wood stove, but instead of burning firewood, it burns compressed hardwood pellets that are considered carbon-neutral.

Pellet Stoves

Here’s how a pellet stove works: You pour pellets into the storage hopper located at the top. An electric auger delivers the pellets from the hopper to the burn chamber. Sensors within the stove monitor the fuel supply and tell the auger when to drop a new pellet. It will put in just enough pellets to keep the fire burning small but extremely hot. There are never more than a small handful of pellets in the burn chamber at any one time.

A pellet stoves has a combustion blower that pulls outside air into the stove through a fresh-air vent and then blows out smoke and fumes through a stainless-steel exhaust vent. There’s also a convection blower that draws room air into the stove and blows heated air into the room through a series of heat-exchange tubes. The stove will automatically deliver heat, based on the thermostat setting. All you need to do is keep the hopper filled with pellets.

There are two basic types of pellet stoves: freestanding models and pellet stove inserts that fit into existing fireplaces. And while pellet stoves are typically installed as a supplement to the home’s primary heating system, that doesn’t mean they can’t heat your entire home if you want it to.

Pellet stoves burn so hot and clean that there’s very little ash left behind, especially compared with woodstoves. The owner usually has to empty the pellet stove’s ash pan just once a week, even if the stove is used every day. And pellets produce virtually no creosote, which is a major cause of chimney fires.

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

Popular Mechanics

Biomass as a Fuel Source for Multi Fuel Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2012
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As we attempt to reduce our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, Biomass is one of our renewable energy options. Biomass refers to organic materials which can be used as a fuel source in multi fuel stoves.

When thinking of biomass, people usually think of wood first, but wood is a small part of biomass fuel potential. Straws and grasses, animal waste, seeds and plants can also be used as biofuel. Anything that can burn and decompose can be used as a biofuel. Biofuel is not new, but with the increase in popularity of multi fuel stoves, concern about carbon footprints and as we watch our energy bills increase, homeowners have started thinking more about it as a viable option.

Different biomass fuels burn differently, but generally each biomass in a compressed form, such as pellets, has a similar heat value, meaning they generate the same heat. The variation comes from the various biomass burners, such as pellet stoves or inserts or multi fuel stoves which have variables that affect the way bio fuels burn, such as changes in ash content, air intake, and corrosive effects.

So how can we use biomass? Biomass is clean-burning and renewable energy. Based on what’s affordable and available, you can choose which fuel you’ll use to heat your home— in a responsible way.

Bio fuel, burns much more efficiently, is much more practical to transport, and dispensing or feeding the fuel into the appliance is easier and efficient as well. With a compressed and uniform material, the fuel can be used in automated combustion systems such as multi fuel stoves.

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


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