Heating your home

  1. I've been shopping around for a new pellet stove as we have been having a few problems with our old one. There are a lot of models out there to choose from. I know we are staying with the pellet heat because of it's great heating and cost is low. Looking at the flames is nice too and it's very clean.
    We used to use wood but got tired of bark on the floor and seemed like we were repainting every couple of years due to that little bit of smoke that comes out everytime you feed the fire.
    Pellets cost us about 300-400 a year depending on the winter.
    Anyone else have a pellet stove that you would recommend?

    What do you use to heat your home? Do you like it? Whats the average cost per winter?
    -Russell
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  3. by   stressedlpn
    Same prob. here Rusty our new house believe it or not has only ONE fireplace,( it is 2 story) I havent figured out yet what I am going to do, looking in to all the options, keep me posted and maybe we can stay warm this winter.
  4. by   nursegoodguy
    We have a fireplace that has been bricked in... It was a gas fireplace and does have a vent that goes through the roof. I'm wondering if I couldn't convert it to a pellet stove?
  5. by   BadBird
    I wish we had that option, we heat by gas and it costs about $200.00 each month in the winter plus at least $50.00 electric.
  6. by   nakitamoon
    Rusty,,,,,

    As far as what we are using now to heat,,, I'm currently in Fl,, just use the heat unit of a/c,,, the few days I have too,,,

    Born and raised in the Northeast,, I have had experiences,,, ~With coal furnaces,,,(the truck backing up to house,, shoot opening to basement opened and coal sent down that way,,, would have to shovel it in to feed the furnace,,)
    ~With oil,,,, (what a smell and having to bleed the lines!!! ),,,, ~Wood or coal burning stoves,,,
    ~fireplaces,,,,

    Oil being by far the most expensive,,,,

    Please excuse my ignorance,,, What is a pellet stove????? As I sat here going through the types of heating we used as I grew up,,, nothing triggered a memory,,, I did forget the natural gas heat we used for few months in one house,,, think that was fairly expensive as well

    ~kita
  7. by   kaycee
    We use a gas furnace here in PA and our budget amt each month is around $80.00. This is for a 2 story 9 room home, that is about 40yrs old.
  8. by   cactus wren
    "pellets" are small pieces of compressed sawdust, with some sort of something to make them hold the shape....I think......Very clean, little residue. My SIL took out their woodstove and installed one a few years ago. Buy pellets at Home Depot, beats getting wood permit, and many trips to cut wood.Stove has bin to hold pellets, and self feeds. My grandson loves the fact that his after school chore of chopping wood is gone, much less the carrying out ashes........
    I don`t need much in the way of heating here in desert, but if I did would definitely get one. But don`t have a clue on what name they have, do know that LOTS cheaper than propane......
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    Kita,
    Pellet stoves have been around since 1985 and are built to burn wood pellets which is basically compressed sawdust. The pellets look like rabbit food (if you never had rabbits the pellets are about 14 " in diameter and about an inch long). They come in typically 40 lb bags.
    The stove has a "hopper" that the pellets are poured into and they are slowly fed into a firepot by an auger at the bottom of the hopper. There is a fan that provides o2 for the fire and another fan that blows the warm air through metal tubes over the fire.
    The fire heats up the tubes and the fan blows the hot air into the room.
    The fan that feeds the fire also sends the exhaust out the chimney.
    The method is so effecent (sp) that cleaning only involves vacuuming out the stove once a week and windex on the glass.
    Pellet stove can be used on "no burn" days in cities that have those.
    We have had a pellet stove for the last few years and the one stove has kept our 2300 sq. ft home warm without having to use the central heat.
  10. by   anitame
    Rusty, funny you should ask this today. I was just sitting here surfing, researching pellet stoves. We have baseboard heaters with a wood stove insert. I can't take the electric bill ONE MORE WINTER! The wood stove is too much heat all at once, no blower to heat the rest of the house. Plus I HATE carrying the wood in all winter long in the rain.
    I think we're leaning towards a Whitfield Profile 30ins. It looks pretty nice and seems to have what we want. It's hard to tell though, there are SSOOO many out there. I'm kind of worried about how loud it will be.
    Good luck!
  11. by   nakitamoon
    Thank you so much for your explaination,,, sounds as if i need to discuss with hubby,,, Installation of one,, the heat,, electric bill is $50/60 higher those months we have to use it,,, and it is a very wet cold,,

    It seems,,, cleaner,,more efficent and easier on my allergies,, than central heat,,,,

    It is true I learn something new everyday,,, this is todays,,, thank you very much,,,,

    ~kita
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    Anita,
    I would not go with the whitfield.
    I have been researching new stoves for the last few weeks and talking to dealers and owners and the comment I keep getting is to avoid Whitfield. The introduced the first pellet stoves in '85 but a couple of years ago they sold out to Lennox heating and the quality of their stoves have gone down. The prices are a bit lower but I have heard that the electrical components are way inferior.
    I am pretty sure I will be buying a Breckwell Stove. Good quality and comes with self starter and can be hooked up to a wall thermostat.
    I know of a place to get a good price online. I'll be glad to PM you the website if interested.
    -Russell
  13. by   sunnygirl272
    originally posted by rustyhammer
    the pellets look like rabbit food (if you never had rabbits the pellets are about 14 " in diameter and about an inch long). they come in typically 40 lb bags.
    rotflmao!!! what the he!! have you fed your rabbits?


    sorry, couldn't resist!!!
  14. by   Rustyhammer
    LOL....I meant 1/4" long. And I was talking about the FEED not the turds...LOLOL
    -Russell

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