A pellet stove is quite different than traditional wood stoves that are installed in a fireplace and an existing chimney to heat your home.
Wood-burning stoves rely on wood shaves or sawdust to provide optimal heat. While pellet stoves burn compressed biomass or wood pellets to create a ventilation system for residential or commercial purposes.
Pellet fuels go into the hopper or the feeding fuel system of a stove and then into a burn pot area.
The plus point of using a pellet stove is that it can produce constant heat which allows you to make little to no adjustments for long hours. A stove pellet can power up central ventilation systems by using wood as renewable energy that can boost up its heating efficiency by 90%.
Ship-lap burners and scrap wood have been around since the 20th century. Earlier stoves did not use any pellets but were fueled by sawdust and scrap wood.
Professionally built pellet stoves with sawdust hoppers were seen in 1930. Over the course of time, the pellet stove changes its appearance from a boxy workhouse design to a modern heating system that ran on pellets.
The hopper or the storage container uses pellet fuel to kickstart the stove. Once the pellets reach the combustion center, the heat generated boils up the water in the boiler. The hot water then runs through the circuit of a ventilation system.
Advantages of a Pellet Stove
Unlike a wood stove, modern stoves can adjust the temperature by using a remote control or an adjustable thermostat. For a few extra bucks, you can program your home heating device to kickstart heat from a text message. Depending on your selected heat settings, pellet stoves can start to burn or lower the heat.
High Heat Efficiency
The heart balm on using a wood pellet stove is its ability to crank up the heat as high as 90% which makes pellets a great choice for warming your house as you lose only 10% of their energy in the outside air, even if you compare a wood pellet stove to open fire, the stove provides considerably more heat than an open fire.
A pellet stove usually comes with a blower that stimulates an active smoke extraction system that makes it possible for the stove to exist without a chimney. To extract the smoke without making much mess, you can install a thin tube (8 cm diameter) that carries the smoke to the outside wall.
The use of pellets gives you the autonomy to be carefree about manually filling up the hopper. Pellets are also relatively cheaper than fuel. Depending on your average consumption, a typical homeowner uses an estimate of 30 to 40 bags of 15kg per heating season.
Wood pellets are a product of wood processing industries in Europe and Canada that use leftover sawdust from furniture and lumber to make the pellet bags. If the forests that source wood for processing industries are sustainable it would mean that the carbon balance of the combustion of a pellet is zero.