A pellet stove is a modern automatically controlled incineration or a wood stove in which wood pellets are burn. Pellet ensure optimum combustion and extremely high efficiency. With a pellet stove, you can heat a home in an environmentally friendly and affordable manner. Wood pellets are made from wood waste such as sawdust and wood shavings. A pellet stove is relatively inexpensive to purchase, and very safe as it produces neutral CO2. Like any type of heating, pellet stoves also have advantages and disadvantages.
The benefits of heating with pellets or pellet stove
- Continue firing with wood pellets, you may save up to 50% (depending on the house, stove, etc.). Within a few years, the investment cost of a pellet stove even recoups. Calculations have shown that families with a pellet stove save a nice sum of money after three years.
- The installation of a pellet stove is very simple. The air is discharged through thin-walled steel pipes with a diameter of 80 mm. However, it is important to be well informed and possibly have a skilled person if you yourself are not 100% sure about the installation of the stove. Each situation and flue can indeed be different. If you are installing one, you have to keep in mind that you have no guarantee.
- A pellet stove creates atmosphere and moreover this stove is fully electrically controlled. The reduction in flow is very minimal and the top of the stove consumes less electricity than a boiler.
- Most of the pellet stoves are programmable. There are even heaters that set via a text message. Daily and weekly programs are also available to set the right temperature in your home at any time.
- A pellet stove allows you to heat neutral CO2. There is about 10 times less CO2 emissions than a conventional central heating.
- Because of the pellet, you do not have to carry heavy wood, sawing or cracking are also not necessary. You also do not need a big place to keep stack or wood. Bags of pellets are also much safer than cutting and splitting wood, which always entails some risk.
- A high chimney or flue is absolutely not necessary. A chimney pipe of about two meters (or in some cases even less) is sufficient for optimal operation of the pellet stove.
- Pellets can heat a long time without having to constantly refill. Indeed, there is a large reservoir in the pellet stove which can be lit dozens of hours. This is obviously a huge advantage over wood.
- Wood can leave a smell in the living room. With the pellet stove, you have absolutely no problems with it.
- With a pellet stove there is absolutely no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The pellet stove, in addition, also has several safety and control, so generally one can say that heating is completely safe with a pellet stove.
The disadvantages of a pellet stove
Of course, there are also some disadvantages associated with a pellet stove. For one person a particular disadvantage will weigh more than for another person. Each individual must decide for themselves whether the benefits overcome the possible disadvantages.
Maintenance of a pellet stove is often underestimated.
Many people underestimate the maintenance of a pellet stove so it is recommended to weekly vacuuming the combustion chamber of the stove. Every three months, we are recommended to clean thoroughly once every year but your pellet stove requires greater maintenance.
The cost of a pellet
A pellet stove still cost some money. Simple models start at 2,000 euros, while the more expensive models can reach up to 6,000 euros, depending on the options chosen. Over time they will win the investment back, but one has to make the choice whether he or she should invest in buying a pellet stove. The stove can cause noise when turning on the heater and this noise can not be eliminated. Obviously, this noise will also depend on the cost of the pellet stove. The more expensive the stove, the better the device will be protected against noise. Electricity is necessary and flames may be slightly different. In an ordinary wood stove, this is completely unnecessary. In addition, the flame of a pellet is smaller than a wood stove. Moreover, the flame seems unnatural.