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Old September 17th, 2013, 01:34 PM   #21
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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.
Natural gas is cheaper than pellets.
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Did I ever say it wasn't?
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My pellet stove cost the same for me to heat my house as wood did paying $150 a cord cut and split.

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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?
My brain works faster than my fingers type... He went to vegas for a long weekend.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 04:31 PM   #25
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Good luck finding good hardwood cut split delivered for less on the west side. Everytime I have gotten it for less it is either green or rotten.
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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.
So what you are saying is they are expensive to get any heat out of, you still have to purchase, pick up/have delivered, Store/stack, and load into the burner and clean up the mess they leave behind (no better or worse than a wood burner).....so....in other words, it costs a shit ton of money to get any heat out of it and you're not saving any money.
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Good luck finding good hardwood cut split delivered for less on the west side. Everytime I have gotten it for less it is either green or rotten.
Why would you pay for wood?
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Did I ever say it wasn't?
No, which is why I am confused. You say your new house has natural gas for heat, but you still plan to install and use your pellet stove which will cost more to use....and you'd also still buy one.....
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Why would you pay for wood?
Because I don't have time or a place to cut wood. The only reason I burned wood was because I had no duct work or natural gas in my pos house that I am now tearing down. A Wood stove was easy cheap heat. A pellet stove is cleaner and easier to use. I threw a bag and a half in a day and cleaned once a week which took 15 minutes. A pellet stove takes 4 hours to install and doesn't make your insurance go up. I have an old school "sky track" so I hook up to the trailer with the truck and head to tsc which is 10 minutes from my house and buy 5 tons of pellets. I then unload pallets of pellets into my barn. When I need pellets in the house I grab a skid with my equipment and set it on the cement porch in front of the door. I grab the bags and stack them just inside the door. Overall it took me about an hour to grab a ton from the barn and stack them in my house. Jill had no issues with getting a fire going while I am working out of town or keeping it a constant heat in the house. I never had to get up at night to load the stove and I could leave for a day and a half and come back to a warm house.
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No, which is why I am confused. You say your new house has natural gas for heat, but you still plan to install and use your pellet stove which will cost more to use....and you'd also still buy one.....
Auto correct on my phone. I meant to type "wouldn't" but must be my spelling wasn't close enough.

I enjoy the fire and it is easy so I will put it in my new basement. I have a fireplace upstairs in the new shack but the pellet stove will be nice for the downstairs while watching football and drinking beer after a morning of hunting.
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Because I don't have time or a place to cut wood. The only reason I burned wood was because I had no duct work or natural gas in my pos house that I am now tearing down. A Wood stove was easy cheap heat. A pellet stove is cleaner and easier to use. I threw a bag and a half in a day and cleaned once a week which took 15 minutes. A pellet stove takes 4 hours to install and doesn't make your insurance go up. I have an old school "sky track" so I hook up to the trailer with the truck and head to tsc which is 10 minutes from my house and buy 5 tons of pellets. I then unload pallets of pellets into my barn. When I need pellets in the house I grab a skid with my equipment and set it on the cement porch in front of the door. I grab the bags and stack them just inside the door. Overall it took me about an hour to grab a ton from the barn and stack them in my house. Jill had no issues with getting a fire going while I am working out of town or keeping it a constant heat in the house. I never had to get up at night to load the stove and I could leave for a day and a half and come back to a warm house.
Wood is messy no doubt, but not everyone has access to forklifts and skytracks and barns to store pallet after pallet of pellets. Sounds like you do just as much labor with the pellets as you would with firewood.

My girl must be cooler than yours, she can run our wood burner just fine
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Auto correct on my phone. I meant to type "wouldn't" but must be my spelling wasn't close enough.

I enjoy the fire and it is easy so I will put it in my new basement. I have a fireplace upstairs in the new shack but the pellet stove will be nice for the downstairs while watching football and drinking beer after a morning of hunting.
Fair enough. Even with an outdoor woodburner this season I still plan to use my indoor wood burner for the same reasons, I like the radiant heat that it puts off, I enjoy the sound of the fire, and I enjoy watching the fire.
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Good luck finding good hardwood cut split delivered for less on the west side. Everytime I have gotten it for less it is either green or rotten.
That's about what it costs around here for a cord.
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Wood is messy no doubt, but not everyone has access to forklifts and skytracks and barns to store pallet after pallet of pellets. Sounds like you do just as much labor with the pellets as you would with firewood.

My girl must be cooler than yours, she can run our wood burner just fine
Hook up trailer 10 minutes

Drive to tsc 10 minutes

Look at tsc cuties while they get my order loaded on my trailer. 20 minutes

Drive home 10 minutes

Load in barn 10 minutes

Unload trailer 5 minutes

Put pellets in house 5 hours total over an entire winter

Jill can do the wood stove but when I am out of town I am gone for 10 days at a time and she had absolutely zero backup heat. She also works Long hours. She was the main reason I got the pellet stove but after I got It I was happy I had it. I was very skeptical like you until I got one but now I am definitely am a fan.
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Old September 17th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #35
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Been running a pellet stove for 8 years now.I burn cherry pits though.have been for 4 years. I burn around 3 ton a year. Have a wood burner in the corner..don't use at all. I pay 150 to 180 a ton for pits.I have no complaints.
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Kickstand is starting to sound more and more like Hancho with all his knowledge.

I have natural gas and a pellet insert. I've heated the house on gas alone and on pellets alone and it's a wash either way I go. The difference is the way my house is designed, if I run just the gas, my lower level is quite cool. With the pellet stove, which is located in the lower level, the whole house heats pretty evenly so the pellets win right there.

As for work, chadcooper pretty much nailed it. It's not self sufficient, but it surely isn't the amount of work a wood stove is either.

For me, we run the pellet stove in the afternoon through evenings when we are using the lower level. We all sleep in the upper levels of the house, so the furnace has no problem keeping those areas warm. This also means less work as I don't have to clean my pellet stove as often (takes about 2 minutes twice a week, and about 15 minutes every ton of pellets) and I don't have to move as many pellets.
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$50ish seems to be about the going rate for a face cord, so $150 a cord for good hardwood doesn't seem too bad. I mean I wouldn't pay it, I have yet to pay a dime for firewood, but I bust my ass to cut, haul, split, and stack it. I can see why those less manly than some of us would have to pay people to do the tough stuff

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Fair enough. Even with an outdoor woodburner this season I still plan to use my indoor wood burner for the same reasons, I like the radiant heat that it puts off, I enjoy the sound of the fire, and I enjoy watching the fire.
I love my woodstove. My house is very open so it works well for heating the living area. The basement gets pretty cold since the stove is on the main floor, but we don't use it for much of anything anyway. I love the heat, sound, smell, and view from the fire, and I sure as hell love the $2k a year it saves me over my propane furnace!!
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Good info everyone! Right now for me I think pellet heat sounds like a good way to go even though cost wise all options may be around the same.

If I heat on fuel oil only (my only heat source currently) I could estimate around 2 tank fills so $1600-$2000ish. 3 tons of TSC pellets at $5 a 40lb. bag is $750 before tax. Then buying a burner ($500-1500). Plus side for pellets would be easy install and overall use. I would love an outdoor wood boiler but the initial purchase, install into my current boiler system and sourcing enough wood is to much for this year.
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I miss my wood burner... And winters..
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Closer to 2500 for a descent pellet stove but generally from tsc you get a ton of pellets for <200.
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