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Did You Buy a New Pellet Stove in 2012?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 17, 2013

If you did buy a pellet stove last year, then you should know that a Federal Tax Credit for Wood and Pellet Stoves was Reinstated for 2013 and Retroactive to 2012.

Congress passed a bill addressing parts of the Fiscal Cliff, and it included a reinstatement of the $300 tax credit for wood and pellet stoves that are 75% efficient using lower heating value.

In addition to the purchase price, consumers can include the cost of professional installation of their pellet stove which is important to the proper and safe operation.

The pellet stove provision provides for a 10% tax credit up to $300 for stoves bought in 2013 and it is retroactive, so that all eligible stoves purchased in 2012 can also get the credit. This credit is extended through December 31, 2013.

The bill language that makes it retroactive did so by just extending the credit that existed in 2011, through December 31, 2013.

The Alliance for Green Heat applauds the reinstatement of the tax credit for wood and pellet stove.

To take advantage of the tax credit on a new pellet stove this year, contact St. Croix Stoves.

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Advantages of Multi Fuel Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Multi-fuel stoves look similar to wood burning or pellet stoves. The fire is contained behind a glass door, and there is a flue or chimney for the smoke to escape. However, multi-fuel stoves, as the name suggests, can be used for burning different types of fuel and many people burn wood pellets as well as corn, cherry pits and wheat.

multi-fuel stoves are popular because the fuel they burn is renewable. The value in Multi-fuel stoves is their convenience and efficiency.

Advantages

A oves are popular because the fuel they burn is renewable. The value in multi-fuel stove has the flexibility of enabling you to burn the fuel that is most affordable and available where you live.

Multi-fuel burners enable you to use pellets, cherry pits, corn and wheat which are more easily stored than wood and less expensive than natural gas.

They are attractive as wood stoves so they make a cozy romantic atmosphere.

Pellets do not need to be seasoned before it is ready to use.

For information on multi fuel stoves, 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.

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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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Benefits of Pellet Stoves for Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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If you are looking at better, more effective and more economical ways to heat your home, you should consider wood pellet stoves. The benefits of a wood pellet stove include a higher combustion and heating efficiency than your traditional wood stove. As a result, little air pollution is produced. Heating capacities for St. Croix pellet stoves range up to 40,000 BTU’s per hour.

Pellet stoves can fit in traditional or modern homes and the large windows allow you to relax and enjoy the fire, just like with a wood stove.

Hastings Pellet Stoves – the exact look and feel of a traditional wood burning stove.

Afton Bay Pellet Stoves – captures the style of traditional fireplaces, while adopting all the efficiencies of modern pellet stoves.

For more information, contact St. Croix Stoves.

What You Need to Know About Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Ae you considering a pellet stove to heat your home this winter? If so, here’s what you need to about wood pellet stoves, and whether the money-saving and efficiency claims are really true.

Automatic

Pellet stoves from St Croix Stoves are fully automatic. This means that all you have to do is fill them with pellets. You won’t need to light it yourself, or remember to let it die out if you are leaving for a while. You’ll also be able to wake up to a warm home without having to light the fire.

Fully programmable

Modern wood pellet stoves often take advantage of the latest technology and have display panels, and are fully programmable. You can set your stove to a thermostat and you can set it to go off and on when you want.

Ideal for homes

Pellet stoves provide enough heat for most homes. Be sure when purchasing a pellet stove you know how much square footage you want it to heat.

Attractive and stylish

You’ll soon find that modern wood pellet stoves are available in attractive and stylish designs and trims. You’ll be able to find something that blends in with your decor, or perhaps you’ll want your stove to be the focal point of the room.

Large capacity hopper

Choosing a wood pellet stove with a large capacity hopper will mean that you don’t have to fill it as often, so you can enjoy the fire and heat provided by your pellet stove, with less work.

Storage

When stored in a dry environment, you can keep your pellets indefinitely. They stack and are easy to store and transport.

Efficient

A pellet stove is likely to be over 90% efficient, and so will provide you with much more heat and hot water than you would expect.

Easy to clean and maintain

Many stoves have a self-clean feature, so that you don’t need to get your hands dirty keeping your pellet stove in good working order. You’ll need to empty the ash pan in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, but that should only take a few moments a week.

Wood pellet supply

Wood pellets and multi fuel pellets are easy to find. There are many different suppliers, and some even offer next day delivery, and fixed price contracts for several years, so that you will have the peace of mind knowing that you can get the wood pellets you need when you need them.

Value for money

If you’re currently using oil or LPG for your heating, then you’ll be able to save a considerable amount on your energy costs when you switch to wood pellets. Your pellet stove will soon start to pay for itself.

With cheaper fuel, and a more efficient heating system, perhaps now is the time to get a wood pellet stove installed to provide your heating and hot water.

For more information, contact St. Croix Stoves.

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Pellet Stoves for an Unmatched Heating Alternative

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Winter is here. Pellet stoves help you relax after a long day at work. With a pellet stove you can push a button and settle down with a roaring fire. Pellets are easy to store, easy to budget and they are an efficient heat.

When you use pellets to heat your home, it is easy to budget for your heat all winter long. A wood pellet stove can provide the perfect heating alternative and take the guesswork out of your heating bills.

With the look and feel of a traditional wood burning stove, you might not even notice the unique advantage of a pellet stove. But don’t be fooled, St. Croix Stoves are created with a thoughtful design, delicate details and sturdy construction for an unmatched heating alternative.

For more information, 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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Pellet Stoves Let You Go Green and Save Money

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2012
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Many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly, renewable, green, sustainable - the list goes on. Homeowners are also looking for ways to lower home heating bills. Do both at the same time.

Pellet heat: the clever alternative

Pellets are small and generally made from recycled wood or agricultural products, like wheat or corn. They burn in pellet and multi fuel stoves, inserts and furnaces to help heat your home.

Positive Environmental Impact

Pellet stoves are an extremely clean-burning heating option. They are also a “carbon neutral” fuel, meaning the amount of carbon emitted from burning pellets is equal to, or less than, the amount of carbon plants need to make the fuel. In fact, research showed heating with wood pellets emits about 90% less carbon than oil, and 84% less carbon than natural gas.

Making the switch

If you’re tired of relying on foreign oil and want to help the environment, you’re not alone. Approximately 1 million homes in the U.S. currently use pellet stoves for heating. That number is expected to rise as international oil prices remain volatile, and the ill effects of environmental pollution and outsourcing remain.

Pellet appliances – pellet burning stoves and multi fuel furnaces allow homeowners to tap into this efficient, eco-friendly trend.

Extended burn times and high efficiency ratings make pellets a viable option for heating your home.

Do something to help the environment that actually makes sense and saves you money. Pellets are a practical option to help heat your home. For more information, contact St. Croix Stoves.

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Pellet Stoves are Popular for Home Heating

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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We’re well into fall and that means chillier days and nights, so attention is now turning to sources of heat.

For most people that just means turning on the gas or oil heat, but others are choosing alternative sources for warmth, such as multi-fuel and pellet stoves.

Though colder, winter-like temperatures are still probably several weeks away, people are starting to buy new pellet stoves or they are getting the maintenance done on their existing ones. The sales of pellet stoves have been up for the last three months or so.

The popularity of pellet stoves started back in the 1980s and their popularity has remained mostly because they’re generally regarded as cleaner and more convenient than wood burning stoves or fireplaces.

While in recent years more pellets have been made through environmentally-friendly processes such as using pressed sawdust, traditional wood pellets remain the best seller. Most wood pellets are made by producers who obtain leftover sawdust from manufacturers such as furniture makers.

Wood pellet stoves are by far the most popular stoves. However, depending on the availability of fuel, multi-fuel stoves are also becoming more and more popular.

For information on pellet and multi-fuel stoves, contact St. Croix Stoves.

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