Facts about the Stoves
With that in mind, I currently own a Harman P61A, and it is the stove that I observe pellets from. The P61A is not the most visually pleasing stove on the planet, I in my experience it is simply one of the best stoves made, including in Harmans line up. The other Harman P models are also very good, and rather similar in many ways.
Ok, enough about me and my favorite stove, the question that is important is what makes one stove better than another, and what effect does that have on the type of pellets one should use? The model you see below is a Whitfield advantage, which was probably one of the most popular pellet stoves made in its various configurations. Most pellet stoves on the market today are some variation on this theme.
It is a “top feeding” feed system. These work very well but occasionally run into some issue with certain pellets. For instance the Hamers I burn to form a sort of cake type of ash, which is a Whitfield requires you to frequently (a few times a day) scrape out the burn pot to clear off that heavy cakes ash. That same issue is less of a problem with a Harman because the rear feed system will just eventually push the cake over the edge of the burn pot.
A wood pellet stove burns processed timber — the logs are debarked, floor, dried and then compacted into little pellets. (Some stoves may also burn pellets produced from different biofuels.) Pellets are far cheaper than heating oil, propane or power, and like conventional timber, they’re renewable.
Pros and Cons of stoves Pellets
Since pellets are manufactured from refined wood, nevertheless, they are generally pricier than firewood — but pellet pricing may be competitive for those that reside near or in large metropolitan areas where natural dyes can be exceedingly pricey. Fluctuations of energy costs may also have a large effect on pellet costs because pellets have greater energy input than normal firewood, Gulland states. According to Richardson, you may now expect to pay roughly $200 to $250 to get a whole lot of grade pellets, which supplies approximately the identical quantity of warmth as a $125 to $200 strand of timber. If you are in a position to cut and divide your wood, the price difference will be a lot greater, naturally. When figuring the entire cost of operation, look into the price and access to the pellets offered in your town in addition to the yearly cost of electricity required to operate the stove.
Pellet- use according to need
In a top feed, I found that an inferior pellet-like Appling County can work really well because the ash is much lighter and just blows out of the burn pot. The downside to Appling is you will need to empty your ash pan after 5-10 bags. Now some top feeders like the St. Croix add one useful variation on the top feed approach, and that is to have a plate on the bottom of the burn pot that rocks back and forth to prevent cakes from forming.
Other stoves are very sensitive to sawdust, that is a common issue with some of the Englander stoves and their dual auger feed system. Other stoves are very sensitive to long pellets and get jammed because of them. Once you learn what works in your stove you need to take that into consideration when selecting a pellet.
Evidently, the bigger the bin in stoves of the comparable output signal, the less frequently they need pruning. Indoors, stoves are bottom- or – top-fed. When choosing from a bottom- or – top-fed pellet stove, think about the positives and negatives of each.
*** Important- It is easy to fall into the thinking that the best pellet is the one with the highest BTU output rating, that is not a good way to select a pellet. Firstly many of those ratings are bogus anyway because many pellets manufacture use a variety of wood types, and that BTU rating can vary from batch to batch because of it. Manufactures do not test every batch, and some manufactures are most conservative about there ratings than others. In my, estimation BTUs is not a number I would even look at.
A stove burning cleanly a lower BTU pellet will produce more heat than a stove burning with issues (feed problem, jams, clogged burn pot, etc…) a higher BTU pellet.
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