November 6, 2015
This is not your granddaddy’s wood. As another arctic blast is headed our way, have you ever considered a pellet stove as a source of supplemental heat? Today’s pellet stoves are clean burning, maximizing the heat from each piece of fuel, which saves money while preserving the environment. And Pennsylvania has abundant wood resources for the manufacturing of pellets. These stoves are convenient, automated and maintenance is rare. The direct vent stoves do not need a chimney giving optimal installation versatility. “Simply set your desired temperature, fill the hopper and relax. The stove will automatically ignite and maintain a consistent temperature” according to Karen Smeltz of Harman Stove Company.
Concerning wood and pellet heating, The U.S. Department of Energy states:
Pellet stoves are the cleanest solid fuel, residential heating appliance. Pellet stoves that are certified by the EPA are likely to be in the 70% to 83% efficiency range. Pellet stoves have heating capacities that range between 8,000 and 90,000 Btu per hour.