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What Is a Pellet Stove?

Pellet stoves

In today’s cleaner-than-ever world of home energy fuels, you have a lot of eco-friendly, cost-effective options to heat your home, including propane gas and Bioheat fuel. But if you’re looking for an out of the box (and into the bin) solution that offers a new take on one of the world’s oldest fuels, look no further than wood pellet stoves and wood pellet boilers.

A wood pellet stove is a heating appliance that looks a lot like a conventional wood-burning stove, but instead of relying on logs for fuel, it burns small (1/4” X 3/4″), renewable, clean-burning, tube-shaped pellets. The pellets themselves – bits of dried and densely compressed biomass made mostly from recycled wood waste – are a very effective fuel: a 40-pound bag of wood pellets can heat a 1,500 square foot living space for 24 hours.

Best of all, modern wood pellet stoves are set-it-and-forget-it easy: they are automated, self-cleaning, self-feeding and self-igniting appliances that you control with your thermostat. All you need to do is empty the ash pan twice a year.

A wood pellet boiler is an even more versatile piece of equipment that is capable of acting as the heart of a central heating or water heating system. Wood pellet boilers can be fed manually or automatically; in more advanced wood pellet boiler systems, the boiler adjusts the pellet feed rate and air flow automatically to improve efficiency, give you clean burns and reduce air pollution.

Why choose pellet power?

Intrigued by the prospect of pellet power? You should be! Appliances powered by wood pellets are:

  • Green – Pellet fuels divert millions of tons of biomass waste from landfills and turn it into energy. Pellet stoves are carbon neutral and clean burning, producing fewer greenhouse gas and particulate emissions than fossil fuels.
  • High-value – Pellet stoves can also help your family save on heating bills compared to other fuel sources. Check out this fuel cost calculator from the Pellet Fuels Institute to compare pellet costs to your current fuel.
  • Convenient – Wood pellet heating systems work with components already installed to heat your home, whether you use hot water (boiler) or forced hot air (furnace). Delivery of the fuel itself couldn’t be easier, with bulk options available to suit your needs.

As you can probably tell, we love pellet power. But don’t take our word for it – come to our showroom in Trumansburg, NY and see it in action for yourself!

Contact us today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a wood pellet stove or wood pellet boiler installation – or visit us to learn more about Ehrhart Energy’s full line of wood pellet services!