Many homeowners install fireplaces in their homes to take advantage of the ambiance they add to a room and the extra heat they produce on cold winter days and nights. However, you should realize that pellet stoves are also great options for supplementing existing home heating systems.
While both fireplaces and stoves both serve great purposes, read on to learn the unique benefits of installing a pellet stove in your home.
1. Easy to Operate
Operating a pellet stove is very simple. In fact, you can simply load a pellet stove hopper with fuel pellets just once a day and look forward to it producing heat all day long. The hopper will gradually add fuel pellets to the interior of the stove, called the burn pot, as needed without you having to add them yourself periodically.
To control how often new pellets are added to your stove, you simply adjust the stove thermostat to the temperature you desire. If you set it at a higher temperature, new pellets will be added more rapidly. If you lower the thermostat setting, pellets will be added more slowly.
2. Installation Is Simple and Flexible
Many pellet stoves do not require chimneys for ventilation. Instead, they can often simply be vented through a home wall.
If you choose a pellet stove that can be vented through a wall, then you can look forward to not only quicker and easier installation, but also more affordable installation if you do not already have a chimney.
If you have an existing chimney, then many pellet stove models can be connected to this chimney for ventilation. When a pellet stove can connect to a chimney, the distribution of heat in your home becomes very flexible since you don't have to limit your pellet stove placement to only the areas of your home where a chimney can be installed easily.
3. You Can Choose From a Variety of Fuel Sources
If you have never heard of a pellet stove before, then you may wonder what the pellets they burn are made of. These pellets actually vary greatly in composition, but many are made from wood by-products, such as bark, sawdust, and paper. Some pellet stove models will also let you to burn biofuels such as soybeans, corn, and even wheat.
Having a variety of pellet stove fuel sources allow you to choose the one that is most affordable and accessible in your area.
4. Pellet Stoves are Very Fuel Efficient
According to Energy.gov, pellet stoves typically operate at 70 to 83-percent efficiency, which makes them the most efficient solid-fuel burning residential heating appliances.
Pellet fuels burn very clean, which means they don’t produce much air pollution, and there is little waste left behind after each pellet is burned. In fact, pellet stoves produce an average of less than one gram of smoke per hour, which is considered very little.
The burning of pellet fuels also results in very little production of creosote. Creosote is a chemical by-product of combustion that can build up inside chimneys and lead to chimneys becoming fire hazards if they are not cleaned regularly.
5. Easy to Keep Clean
All solid-fuel burning home appliances need to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep them working efficiently and fire-safe. The good news is that pellet stoves are very easy to keep clean. Typically, you can simply clean the ash pan and scrape residue from the burn pot just once a week. Of course, how often you clean can vary slightly depending on how much fuel you burn in your stove each week.
In addition, the chimney needs or other ventilation system needs to be inspected and cleaned about once a season.
If you want an appliance that will help keep your home toasty warm, then realize that pellet stoves have their unique benefits. Reach out to Midwest Fireplace to discuss all of your stove and fireplace options.