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Old September 16th, 2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Pellet stove say what! Learn me some please

Just like headless Ned said, winter is comming! I would like to stay warm. In my houses basement I have a previously drilled 6" hole through the concrete & brick wall and marks on the floor from some type of burner.

I thought about installing a wood burning stove in this spot but don't want an ugly chimney going up an odd side of the front of my house. Just dicking around I started looking at pellet burners and I have a few questions.

Is my understanding correct that almost no chimney and a vent type cover can be used with a pellet burner due to the higher efficiency combustion of the burning media? What the fuel consumption like for those that have one? My thoughts would be to heat my basement with the heater as to not Have to use so much fuel oil. Would a correctly sized unit be able to heat about 2500 sq.ft. of house?

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My uncle in law has a pellet stove and really likes it. It vents the way you are describing. It goes up one foot and then out the back of the house. If it's the same as a fireplace it's call direct vent.

Do you have natural gas? You could install a direct vent NG fireplace. Direct vent FP's can be vented out the back of the fireplace and are 60%-80% efficient.
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My uncle in law has a pellet stove and really likes it. It vents the way you are describing. It goes up one foot and then out the back of the house. If it's the same as a fireplace it's call direct vent.

Do you have natural gas? You could install a direct vent NG fireplace. Direct vent FP's can be vented out the back of the fireplace and are 60%-80% efficient.
No natural gas, no one since '64 decided to have it installed. I've looked into getting gas installed, no clear info on how much for a 300' run off the road main.

I'll look more into direct venting
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I used to have a friend with a wood stove in his basement. House smelled awesome when he was burning and it would get down right hot if he wanted it too.
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I love my pellet stove. Just one hole through the wall and a 120v plug. It is way cleaner than a wood stove but won't put out as much heat. The thing I like about the pellet stove is its consistent and you can leave it all day and it keeps running. I am going to put it in the basement of my new house. I like watching the fire while I am relaxing.
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A friend of min bought a pellet stove, installed it, and it ran great. Until he went to Vegas for the winter. Came home, his windows were black. Long story short, the stove malfunctioned, and he ended up replacing almost all of his carpet and drywall, and had a service come in twice to clean... it still has a slight odor in there.
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A friend of min bought a pellet stove, installed it, and it ran great. Until he went to Vegas for the winter. Came home, his windows were black. Long story short, the stove malfunctioned, and he ended up replacing almost all of his carpet and drywall, and had a service come in twice to clean... it still has a slight odor in there.
Don't buy a cheap stove and you won't have those problems. I have heard of that happening to multiple people with the Menards and tsc specials. I feel completely safe with my quadrafire.
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http://m.quadrafire.com/Products/Cla...let-Stove.aspx

It is fairly basic when it comes to looks but it heats just as good as the fancier ones.
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I've been impressed with the few pellet stoves I've been around and love the consistent heat from them, but I also love the fact that my firewood has all been free rather than having to buy pellets or cherry pits.
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You have to make your own pellets for free heat.
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On second thought, you should stay away from wood stoves. You'll burn your house down.
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I have one of the tsc 1000 $ stoves. Love the stove when it was new, wish now i had bought a better one. Its my 5th year with it, next year it moves to the barn and i buy a nicer one for the house. In the colder parts of winter use 60-80 lb each 24 hours. But itsin my basement and keeps my entire ranch warm. Its cheaper than propane, but more than nat gas. I use about 3 ton fuel a season.
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X2 on that. Specifically this section of the forum if your looking into a pellet stove.
http://www.hearth.com/talk/forums/th...uel-stoves.14/
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seems to me a pellet stove costs a shit ton of money to get any heat out of.
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Last year I heated my 1500sq ft house for less then $800.00 all winter and my stat was set at 72 for my stove.
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A friend of min bought a pellet stove, installed it, and it ran great. Until he went to Vegas for the winter. Came home, his windows were black. Long story short, the stove malfunctioned, and he ended up replacing almost all of his carpet and drywall, and had a service come in twice to clean... it still has a slight odor in there.
1. Why the hell would he leave all winter with a pellet stove running? They still need cleaning during the season.
2. How did he keep it filled while gone?
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seems to me a pellet stove costs a shit ton of money to get any heat out of.
My pellet stove cost the same for me to heat my house as wood did paying $150 a cord cut and split. The pellet stove is cleaner, more consistent and easier for my girlfriend to work while I was out of town. I had no other source of heat in the house so it worked very well. It is also nice because you can leave for a couple days and it will maintain on its own. I have natural gas at my new house so I am going to put my pellet stove in the basement because I already have it and I like the added heat and watching the fire. If I didn't own one I would buy one for this house. It is a great alternative to propane or wood.
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