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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 and Inserts for New Construction Homes

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Are you building a new home? If so, there are plenty of green choices you can make to enhance the resale value and energy efficiency of your home. But one of those choices in particular will increase the value of your home, make your home more efficient and save you money. That choice is to add a pellet stove.

Resale value – New home buyers overwhelmingly prefer a working fireplace in their new home. But even more that a working open masonry fireplace, new home buyers prefer an energy efficient stove or fireplace insert. Pellet stoves and stove inserts are easy to use, more efficient than other fuel options and will certainly increase the value of your new home when it comes time to sell. Pellet stoves or inserts will certainly make your home more desirable than another home.

Energy EfficientPellet stoves and inserts create more heat than traditional heaters making your home warmer for less. Stoves and inserts make an open masonry fireplace more efficient by keeping the warm air in the home rather than allowing it to go up the chimney.  Additionally, pellets or fuel for multi-fuel stoves is much cheaper than gas, oil, propane, or electricity.

Saves you moneyPellet stoves and pellet stove inserts are more than 80% efficient which makes them less expensive to run. They also create more heat than traditional heat sources. By creating more heat and using less expensive fuel, pellet stoves and inserts will decrease your home heating bills.

For more information on pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts for your new construction home, 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 Stove Inserts to Heat Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Too many homeowners paid far too much for home heating this winter. Thus has begun the search for a better, more efficient, more cost effective winter heating alternative. If you are one of these folks, consider a pellet stove insert.
 
A pellet stove insert is your answer to all of the above. Add to this that they burn renewable energy, or biomass, which makes them a greener alternative as well. The design of St. Croix pellet stove inserts allows you to burn wood pellets, cherry pits, and a combination of up to 50% corn and 50% wood pellets, which gives you greater flexibility with your choice of renewable, efficient fuel sources.

Wood pellet stove inserts have higher combustion and heating efficiency than wood stoves so they release a very little amount of particulates into the air, far less than wood stoves. St. Croix pellet stove inserts have a heat capacity of up to 40,000 BTU per hour and can be used to heat a home that is up to 1800 square feet. This means you can use this fireplace insert as the only way to heat your home, or as a supplemental heat source.
 
The Ashby-P pellet insert is designed to make your space warm. Built to replace your current source of woodburning heat, the Ashby insert offers all the benefits of a standard wood pellet stove while fitting into your existing fireplace profile. With easy-cleaning features and a wall-mount thermostat, you’re able to efficiently control  the fire—leaving you with a heating source that’s both conventional and contemporary.

All St. Croix pellet stoves and stove inserts are made with durable, ceramic glass that not only allows you a clear view of the fire, but also makes the stove inserts safer for your home. Pellet stove inserts are becoming very popular with homeowners. For more information, 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.

Choosing an Eco Friendly Stove or Fireplace Insert

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

During the winter fireplaces tend to be the focal point of many homes. But the typical open masonry fireplace is not an efficient or environmentally sensitive heating source.

Most efficient and eco friendly fireplaces are either fireplace inserts, or free standing stoves. They tend to produce less pollution than standard fireplaces.

First, decide if you are interested in a fireplace insert or stove primarily for heating or for decorative purposes.

For more serious heat, consider wood and pellet stove inserts, or wood and pellet stoves.

When considering pellet stoves or fireplace inserts, you should know the following:

Pellet stoves: Wood pellets are 3/8 of an inch to 1 inch.

The pellets are made from compressed sawdust, wood chips, bark, agricultural waste and other organic materials.

Pellets are much more convenient to operate and have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces. As a result, pellet stoves produce very little air pollution and are considered the cleanest of the solid fuel-burning residential heating appliances.

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

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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

Pellet Stove Maintenance Tips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts are a great way to save energy and money, but they must be maintained properly. Pellet stoves are operated electrically and have circuits and moving parts. The most important thing a pellet stove owner can do is thoroughly read the owner’s manual. Here are some tips on routine and seasonal maintenance of pellet stoves.

After initial installation:

The first thing you want to do is check the hopper (where the pellets are held) for spare or foreign parts. Whether the pellet stove is new or used, you want to be sure you’re not running something through the auger (the part that moves the pellets to the feed pot for burning. It is best to hire a professional to do the installation. Proper installation and getting to know your stove will lay the groundwork for fewer problems down the line.

Preparing your pellet stove or insert for the new heating season:

You want to be sure all parts of the Pellet stoves, pipes, and chimney are clean and free of debris. Any pellets that were in the stove should have been removed at the end of the last heating season. Pellets absorb water and break down, so you need to burn off or scoop out any remaining pellets at the end of the season.

Pellet stove maintenance during the heating season:

It’s important to pay attention to your stove every day. Just by walking by notice how it sounds. Weekly cleaning is very important as is using quality pellets. Primarily, you are cleaning out the firebox and any glass. An ash vacuum will get out as much ash as possible once the stove has cooled down. Otherwise, scoop out any ash, wipe down the inside, and use any glass cleaning product for stove windows.

Preparing your pellet stove for the end of the season:

Again, make sure your stove is well-cleaned. 99% of all mechanical problems can be traced to the stove not being clean enough. You can also unscrew any panels or pipes the stove has and vacuum out the inside. Remove all pellets for the hopper.

If you do encounter problems with your pellet stove or insert, don’t be afraid to call in a professional. While pellet stoves are not mechanically complicated, it helps to have someone working on your stove that can troubleshoot more easily and have quick access to replacement parts.

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

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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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