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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 Are Increasing in Sales for Many Reasons

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 02, 2013

In 1999, pellet stoves only had an 11% share of the stove market.  In 2008, they had a nearly 43% and today, for every three stoves sold, two are wood stoves and one is a pellet stove.

Pellet stoves are cleaner to operate in homes than almost all wood stoves.  Pellet stoves burn 24/7 and are usually a home’s primary heat source, which is okay since they are a renewable energy.  Pellet stoves typically make as much or more energy than residential solar panels and drastically reduce a home’s fossil fuel use.

Pellet stoves and fuel did not take hold until the mid 1990s, when the component parts of the stoves became more standardized and less expensive. However, pellet stove reliability has improved over the years and installation costs are lower than wood stoves, giving them an edge in the marketplace.

Changing demographics is also likely to favor pellets.  As the population ages, more and more people will be switching from wood to pellets because pellet stoves are easier to use and maintain than wood stoves. Pellet stoves do not involve as much periphery work as wood burning stoves either, making them easier to use for an aging generation.

Pellet stoves are recognized with wood stoves in Federal rebate and incentive programs, however, pellet stoves have a lower emission profile than wood stoves. There is a federal tax credit that applies to pellet stoves right now and ongoing state incentive programs in Idaho, Maryland, Montana and Oregon.

Rebates for pellet stoves specifically are more popular because pellet stoves are more likely than wood stoves to be used as the primary home heating source and pellet stoves are usually cleaner than wood.

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

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Pellet Stoves are a Better Alternative

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

St Croix Pellet Stove HastingsToday the price of heating oil is $3.93. An average tank needs to be filled several times in one winter, making the cost of heating with oil for one winter around, or in most cases above $1500 for an average sized home. This is too much money. Most home heating bills are too high. There is an alternative: heating with pellets.

The biggest challenge in heating your home with oil is the fluctuation in cost. The price can go up at any given time, making it very difficult to budget for your home heating expenses. When you use pellet stoves, the price of pellets does not change throughout the winter. If it takes two tons of pellets to heat your home with a pellet stove, it will always take two tons of pellets to heat your home. When you heat with a pellet stove, you can budget for your heating bill at the beginning of the winter, with no surprises.

Pellet stoves are an alternative to help lower your home heating costs. Pellet stoves use wood and other biomass to heat your home, making the fuel much more economical than heating oil. Pellet stoves have their own in-built hopper, and are automated to feed the fire when necessary depending on the heat output you need. This makes pellet stoves very easy and efficient to run.

But there is another advantage to using pellet stoves to heat your home, biomass heat has low carbon emissions, making them a greener solution. For more information on heating your home with a pellet stove, contact St. Croix Stoves.

Reasons to Switch to Pellet Stoves for Heat

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If you heat your home with oil, gas or electricity, your home heating costs have only been going up over the years. Fossil fuels prices are subject to uncontrolled environmental factors which make it impossible to budget for your home bills.
 
With pellet heat, not only is your home heating more efficient, it is more affordable and the prices for pellets won’t go up as winter goes on.  If you're looking to save money, consider heating with a pellet stove. There are so many benefits that heating with pellets can bring.

Here are some things you should know about heating with wood pellet stoves and furnaces.

Good for the environment. Wood pellet stoves use wood waste, like sawdust, that is turned into pellets. Wood pellets are a renewable energy.

Lower heating bills. Heating with pellet stoves will save you money on your heating bills.

Efficient. Pellet stoves are very efficient with a rating of more than 80%. St Croix pellet stoves are over 83% efficient.  With this efficiency you will get a lot of heat for the pellets you use.

Durable. Pellet stoves are very popular and are built to last. Your new pellet stove can give you a lifetime of less expensive, efficient heat.

Availability of pellets. Wood pellets are readily available. The price will not fluctuate during one winter, and you will always know what you are going to spend. If tow pallets are going to heat your home for a winter, you know that is all you need, and you can buy them at any time knowing that that is a fixed cost for the rest of the winter.

A pellet stove will cost you less to run, they are attractive and they good for the environment. In fact, right now there is even a federal tax credit of up to $300 for your new pellet stove purchase, making it the perfect time to buy.

Now that you know the benefits of heating with a pellet stove, contact St. Croix Stoves for  more information.

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.

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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