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Pellet Stoves: A Clean Heating Option to Lower Your Energy Costs

Unlike regular wood burning stoves, pellet stoves burn wood pellets, a compressed scrap wood and sawdust waste that comes from saw mills and other wood handling facilities. These pellets are dried out and compressed by heat into small cylinder forms no larger than one inch. When burned, the pellets release virtually no smoke, which means no chimney is necessary, however, some stoves may call for an outside vent. Because of the high burning efficiency, pellet stoves do not get hot on the outside metal, which allows you to put a pellet stove within an inch from any wall in your house, and offers a safe environment for kids and pets.

Pellet stoves are very easy, convenient, and safe to run in your own house. To fuel a pellet stove, you simply pour 30 to 140 pounds of wood pellets into a device called a hopper which hold the pellets. The majority of pellet stoves will then automatically transfer the required pellets from the hopper to the combustion chamber using a corkscrew shaped device called an auger. Air is required inside the stove to provide combustion to burn the wood pellets. There are two ways to force air into the combustion chamber, by pulling air in or forcing air in from the bottom vent. Totally loaded pellet stoves can generally run for one or two days, and they are easy to clean, considering that there is barely any smoke residue inside.

There are two sorts of pellet stoves you can buy. Free standing stoves that can be placed anywhere you want in your house, or insert stoves that can replace your existing fireplace. These pellet stoves will generally cost you $1,700 to $3,000, depending on where you buy them. Wood pellets are sold in 20 to 40 pound bags, and can cost anywhere from $2.50 to $4.00 for a bag. If you live in a chillier climate, then the costs will generally be more affordable for both pellet stoves and wood pellets.

For a small investment, you can free yourself of paying an additional high energy bill to warm your house. Not only will you be saving money, you will be using an environmentally safe energy source that is virtually smoke free.Phoenix Heating Repairs\nDay & Night Air

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