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Old 09-30-2008, 11:06 AM
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Wood stove verses pellet stove

So I'm looking to beat BG&E in the wallet this (and upcoming years) and use wood to heat instead of letting them suck my bank account dry again.

But here is the predicimate. do I go with a wood stove or a pellet stove? There are strong arguments for both.

A little background - I live at the beach, I have renters in my house, my house is a little 1500sq ft cape cod. I sit on a postage stamp of property so I have little storage space - do have area to stack wood - bags of pellets I can store at girlfriends house (much bigger + basement)

Plus - I can install either (not certified in either - but in the trades none the less) -

So - do I install a wood stove with blower or a pellet stove?

Pro's - Wood:
I can get oak and other hard wood easily
I like cutting and splitting wood
I do have area to store the wood outside and close
I like the smell and sight of a wood burning fire
It's hot
No power - no problem - still burns and heats radiantly (plus have a generator so I would still have the blower)
Wood stoves on the used market are more common and cheaper then pellet

cons - Wood:
Spiders love wood and I hate spiders - horribly
wood stoves dont have a "fuel resovoir" -
It's hot or its not - not much variance - no thermostate control
I travel alot - cant rely on a renter to pack the stove (liability too great)
Can be messy hauling in wood logs to burn (Lord help me if a spider jumps off the log inside my house!!!)

Pro - Pellet:
Heats well
Heats clean
No spiders
Storage of bags at girlfriends house - keep few as needed at mine
No exterior storage (less spiders)
Less work (cutting, hauling, splitting, stacking)
Can fill a resivoir and turn down thermostate and will burn for quite a while
Renter coudl be responsible enough to dump in more pellets as needed
Less chimney and clearance issues

Con - Pellet:
Cost and availability of pellets
Relying on a supplier to have pellets
Wood is free - pellets are not
Probably uses more electricity then wood stove
Back to electricty usage which I'm trying to get away from
Cost more then comparible wood stove
More electronics to go wrong
More maintenance

What are your thoughts?
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:11 AM
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And if your electricity goes out??? No heat.
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But I have a generator - so as long as I'm home - pellet or wood - I can continue with auger & blower (pellet) or blower (wood). But your right - with a pellet - if I'm not home and there is no electric - there is no heat.

At least with wood - it will still radiat.

I just read wood pellets went up 700% this year with the added cost of home heating fuel.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:31 AM
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Today, a 40 lb bag of premium pellets from Home Depot, was $5.08. That is over 250 a ton. I read that a typical home (don't know sq ft) will burn 5-7 tons a season. My sources may be wrong, but if thats true, in my case it would cost more to heat my home with pellets, than using natural gas.

BTW I'm in the same boat as you, and I also need to figure out where to put one
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I can get wood for free - thats the strong plus for a wood stove.

Anything that doesnt cost me money - I'm happy with that.

My house is about 1400 sq ft. It's small. My heat season is Dec - Feb and maybe early to mid march - after that - I'm back to opening windows and enjoying the bay breezes.

Until summer kicks in - thats a different story.

But heat - Still trying to figure this one out.
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Only way to heat is with Wood..heats you many times over and keeps you in shape!
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The excercise benefit - see - I didnt even include that one in the Wood Stove Pro's!!!

(I actually do like cutting, hauling, splitting and stacking - extra plus on the splitting by hand part)
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I have a vermont castings(federal) stove which I have used to heat about 2600 sq feet for 16 years. The stove top thermometer indicates from 500 to 1200 degrees based upon air inlet opening and amount of wood. There is a significant range of controllable heat output.At its maximum output,the house gets super warm ,even in the dead of winter.
If you are going wood stove,you have to be extremely careful about letting someone else operate it.Running out of wood could be the least of your problems if someone leaves the ash drawer open!
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:25 AM
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I have a St Croix Pellet stove and love it. Would not trade it for nothin.

My house is 1800'
I used 2 tons of pellets each year for the last 3 years. First year pellets cost $3.95/ 40 lb bad (197.50/ton). Second year they cost 3.99/ 40 lb. bag ( 199.50/ton) next year they were 4.10/ 40 lb. bag (205.00/ton) and i just called and priced them 5 minutes ago and they are 4.15 per 40 lb. bag (207.50 /ton).
There is no 700 % increase.
Now OK temps range around the 30s most of the winter except Jan. which will see alot of 20s and teens so that may be different than your climate which would dictate how many pellets you use. I keep m y house at 78 in the evening when i am home, turn it down to 1 at night when i go to bed and the house will still be around 70 when i wake. I load the stove before work and leave for 12 hours and the stove will keep the house above 65 usually (set on 1) untill i get home and crank it back up to 3-4 to warm it back up.
My stove is very centrally located in the house...my house is more of a square with equal distance to the south and north bedrooms from the stove. Keep the doors open nad the bedrooms stay nice and warm...i close my door cause i like it cold and the room still stays above 60 by morning.
The auger and blower use less power than a 100 watt light bulb. My power was out for 4 days last Jan following a bad ice storm and the generator kept the stove bowing hot as well as lights and TV so we were not put out at all by this.
No mess, no work. I buy the pellets 1 ton (pallet of 50 bags) at a time, they load it in the 350 with a forklift and i off load it and stack them in the garage and it takes little space. I use 100 bags from mid Oct till mid March...+/- a few weeks.

Hope that helps.
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