If you are a person interested in environmentally friendly, less costly forms of energy then you probably know quite a lot about small pellet stoves. These have now become quite popular throughout America and most use these instead of the traditional fireplace. Usually, only things like sawdust or recycled wood shavings are used for lighting the small stoves and thus they are quite environmentally friendly. Such a stove could consume around a kilogram of pellets each hour.
When you compare a small pellet stove to a traditional fireplace there are not that many similarities. Both might appear quite similar at first sight and wood is burned to produce heat by both as well, but beyond that, small pellet stoves do not seem to have much in common with traditional fireplaces.
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If you do intend to buy a small pellet stove, you should keep some things in mind. First, if you cannot buy pellets from your area then maybe this is not a good idea for you after all. Electricity is necessary for the stove to function and if you live in an area where power failures are quite common then opting for a stove with battery backup units might be quite a good idea. Otherwise at least when your small pellet stove doesn’t work due to power failure having some gas powered generator is a good idea if you don’t want to freeze to death.
There are many advantages of small pellet stoves, some of which I have mentioned above. You should however be aware that there are disadvantages to using such stoves as well. One thing is that these stoves are not cheap. They tend to be fairly expensive, so people with low incomes might not find it easy to purchase a small pellet stove. Such a stove purchased cheaply might stop not be as reliable as you need if this is your primary heat source.
Another disadvantage is that these stoves tend to be quite complex and this would make it tough when it comes to maintenance. If you can easily access the parts of your small pellet stove then life would become much easier for you. However doing this on your own could be quite tough and some people might have to seek professional help.
When you are buying pellets for your small pellets stove, try to buy pellets of high quality since these pellets usually don’t produce much ash. Though these pellets might be costlier than the usual ones, it might make things easier for you if can afford it.
Dan T Brown.
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