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MapleStone    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:00:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll ask this question here too.

I'm looking at installing a wood pellet/corn burning furnace in my new house. The house has electric baseboard heat now and I'd like to get something abit more economical. There is no natural gas available in our area so it's either got to be a propane, oil or pellet furnace. (wife says no wood furnace, and I agree)

I already own a wood pellet stove and it heats 1 or 2 rooms great but I still want a central forced air furnace.

Below is a link to a site with some info on the furnace I'm looking at. The model I'm looking at is the GBU130.

It can burn wood pellets or can be converted to burn corn. I think I would stay with wood pellets for now due to some conveniences that the pellets offer over corn.

Does anybody have any experience with either pellet or corn furnaces?


Bob/Ont    Posted 11-15-2004 at 14:14:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You should recycle Maplestone. Grover feeds the corn to his cattle first, uses the Cow Chips in the stove for heat and the ashes for fertilizer for next years corn crop.
Later Bob


Question, MapleStone?    Posted 11-15-2004 at 14:10:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
What are the conveniences of wood pellets over corn? Curious.

Doc


deadcarp    Posted 11-15-2004 at 13:17:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
my buddy switched from gas to corn and likes it. but the temp varies more this way. and his insurance went up $70/yr cuz corn is solid fuel. AND insurance companies are so crooked that when they die we won't have to bury them - we can just screw those snivelers into the ground! aw man hold me back - don't let me get started on them cussed coyotes!


I'll get ya going anyway    Posted 11-15-2004 at 13:33:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife just questioned our car insurance company (who we have been pretty happy with by the way) about our rates. She thought they were just too high since we have all of our insurance through this one company.

Turns out the shysters added a teenage driver to our policy on their own. We have been paying hundreds of extra $$ because some dimwit in the "policy" department had a brain fart. They could not tell me who authorized the teenage driver to be added to the policy. Although they did admit it was their mistake for doing so.

To top that off, the insurance company has been charging us for an accident my wife was involved in more than a year ago. She was stopped at a stop light and a 26,000 pound loader with a full trailer skid into the back of her van because of the snow. Trashed the van, hospital trip for my wife, and all sorts of physical therapy due to the trauma her neck received. Well that 26,000 pound loader pushed her into the car in front of her and she tapped (literally only scratched) the car's bumper although our van was destroyed. In Missouri, there is a law that prohibits insurance companies from trying to increase rates for people involved in accidents in which no fault has occured. Since she was pushed, she is not at fault. The stupid agent said my wife was full of it when she confronted them about the charges. after raising the challenge a little farther up the insurance food chain, they agreed they have been improperly (not illegally of course) charging us.

Them insurance shysters owe us a lot of money. We admit we (to ourselves) that we should have been paying closer attention to the policies and bills.

Bottom line ... dont expect them to do you any favors. Check your policies often.

- Peanut


deadcarp    Posted 11-15-2004 at 15:37:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
best advice i can give ya peanut - the minute you get a mittful of written excuses from them and get tired of waiting for compensation, take the barstrads to court! just go to any local and file charges. it might cost you $15 but there ain't no way any insurance company wants that kinda story in your local paper. i had hartford trying to charge me(deduct from the settlement) $600 for their accident (i was the victim!) in the store one day i had a brief chat wih my lawyer, he said take them to court, i replied they wouldn't send a rep from illinois for a thing like that and he said bingo! within a week they couldn't pay for my film & mileage soon enough. ALWAYS take insurance issues to court - don't need a lawyer or anything cuz chances are they'll never get that far. :)


Alias    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:48:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might want to look into using an automatic Kerosene monitor for your needs.

Check them out at:
http://www.adirondackhardware.com/monitor.html

Now, I don't use one but I know a few very frugal people that do. The ones I saw come equipped with a built-in therometic control for worry free even tempature.

Now, about the pellet stoves, my sister in law has one and it works well but it requires a lot of attention in so far as filling and emptying ashes. And, the pellets are expensive.....gfp


MapleStone    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:54:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like I said, I have a pellet stove and like it alot.

How much do they pay for pellets? Around here they're about $4.25 CDN ($3.54 USD)a bag and a bag will easily last 24 hrs. I don't consider that too expensive.

As for the work, well it's way easier than a wood stove. :o)



toolman    Posted 11-15-2004 at 13:34:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
thats a 106.20 a month, and you need electricity to run them right if i got a gas bill for a 106 bucks a month id be putting my wood stove back in real quick.


sdg    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:31:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have an England pellet stove and love it! it keeps the down stairs about 75 and upstairs 65-70 when it's on. we have celing fans to help circulate the heat. We also have a wood furnace, original to the house, and i love it. a oil burning furnace was put in about 10 years ago but the cost of oil up here is crazy. so that's just for back-up. good luck in your search.


toolman    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:26:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
them guys at tales are gonna get mad at you and mike if ya keep comming here for help they are gonna start thinkin that you don,t belive what they tell you to be helpful, now we both know they would only give you the best advice around right lol.


MapleStone    Posted 11-15-2004 at 12:50:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well so far they haven't told me squat about pellet furnaces, that's why I've posted it here and on Tractor Talk.

How are things out your way?

Are pellets stove common out that way or is it an eastern thing? I think they may be more popular in Quebec, that's where alot of the pellets come from anyway.

And for the record, I always post my questions on Tales first. Then I branch out from there. :o)


toolman    Posted 11-15-2004 at 13:30:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
i seen it posted on tractor talk too, yup lots of folks have them around here , i was thinking about getting one , had a wood stove before and like that, its sitting in the barn now,right now it is cheaper to use gas here, wood is a nice convience and better heat though, i,ll probably end up putting the wood stove back in, i have a huge wood shed full of wood too , someday maybe.


Bob/Ont    Posted 11-15-2004 at 14:10:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Didn't think you needed a stove in winter Toolman, what with those storm windows you have.
Later Bob


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