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Pellet Stoves ( Heaters)
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Dennis    Posted 08-17-2001 at 19:44:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello all,
Has anyone used a pellet type stove/heater/insert to heat their house and are you happy with the system?
Also has anyone had experience with the corn burning type of heater, and are you happy with it?

Thank you for any and all information on this topic.

Dennis    Posted 08-25-2001 at 14:53:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions on the pellet/corn stove issue I bought up.

I will now investigate farther.

Thank you all again.


Judy V.    Posted 08-20-2001 at 20:03:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Denise, we've had a pellet stove for over 10 years. In that time, we've replaced the fan, the burn pot, and the main gears. We pay a premium for having a wood-burner in our house to the insurance company. However, we have been pretty happy overall with it. We both work long hours in the winter, and it is nice to come home to a warm house and fire. It's also nice to bring in a couple of 40 lb bags of pellets made from sawdust(recycling) rather than having to cut several cords of wood, stack, and drag dirt, bugs, and bark across the floor. We empty the ash pan approx. once every 3 weeks. We have had smoke in the house from the pipe building up creosote--we clean it once a winter. If you are seriously considering a pellet stove, you need a place where you can store at least 2 skids of pellets in the dry. Wet pellets don't burn worth a darn! Also, I think someone mentioned checking on a supply for pellets. We try to get ours at the beginning of winter from our local TSC. They stop ordering pellets around Feb. so it may be hard to find pellets in late winter. I used to live in a house with a wood-burning furnace. (no back-up)I couldn't go anywhere overnight or even more that 12 hours. Of course, I was milking then, so that wasn't a problem. With the corn stoves, it seems like you spend so much drying the corn down that you lose any savings you might have had. Other than that, corn is a good cheap fuel. Sorry to be so long--hope this helps.

magpie    Posted 08-19-2001 at 17:40:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I knew of three families who had pellet stoves here in southern B.C. I never had one. They all complained about them. They all switched to just straight wood. They don't seem to be advertised anymore either. This makes me think must be something wrong with em.

F14    Posted 08-18-2001 at 03:42:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't have a pellet stove, so can't speak to the long-term value of one. As a firefighter, I can point out a couple of things to watch out for.

Bear in mind that this experience is with one type and brand of stove, and others may not have this problem.

We spent considerable time de-smoking a house after the feed auger on a pellet stove clogged, and the fire travelled back up the auger and into the pellet hopper. Fortunately for the homeowner, it just smouldered and smoked up the house. It could just as easily have caught fire and been a real problem.

Second, those folks around here that have (or had) them all make the same comment: If they have power feed, just when you need them the most (power outages) they're useless.

I'll stick with a nice old-fashioned wood stove, thanks.

OW    Posted 08-18-2001 at 07:05:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
We hear the power-outage issue alot, but how often and how how long does the power go out nowdays? Except for 2 days after the 1971 earthquake, i've never seen it off for more than an hour, even overseas. So we'd have been okay with a corn stove for 50 years.

You could use it on the cob too, but it would have to air-dry for about a year in advance. Then the cobs are like tree bark, they leave oodles of ashes.

I'm waiting for a reasonable corn boiler ......
and i wish some outfit would spend another 50 bucks & insert a simple ceramic block after-burner to get the last 1/4 of the heat out with a blue flame. But nobody has gotten that exotic yet, except on the pollution-monitored industrial monstrosities.

Overall, i have great hope for corn stoves especially on the plains because it's renewable in a few months instead of 30-40 years. and anything local saves more fuel yet.

F14...Well    Posted 08-18-2001 at 08:10:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here in coastal Maine, with ice storms and tranmission lines that run right out through the woods, and local delivery lines that are overhung with trees for miles at a stretch, serveral hours to a couple of days at least once or twice a winter is about the norm. Record is 6 days locally when the Big Northeast Ice Storm hit.

I'd be interested in corn stoves too, but corn isn't grown much around here, and what is is harvested as ensilage, not shelled.

Lew    Posted 08-17-2001 at 20:06:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in Wisconsin and used a pellet stove to heat my house for 10 years. Same stove now heats a garage. I have had many sources for the pellets. When I heated with chunk wood I used about 4 cords, when I shifted to pellets I used about 4 ton. My cost was usually about $135.00 per ton. My homeowners insurance company sent an inspector out and it passed with no change in premium. My stove was an early version that feed by way of a bottom auger. I tried corn but the clinker that always forms blocked my air intake and so was less than the best. Many times I mixed pellets and corn 50-50 and it worked well. Most pellet stoves today feed from above and the clinker is not a problem. I suggest you get a reliable pellet source before you make the plunge. Buy by the ton (50 - 40# bags on a pallet), not by the bag. Good luck.

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