Pellet stoves: Who's got 'em?

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  1. Bokrijder

    Bokrijder Soyez sans que peur

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    Jos,

    Hmm - I'd think the shredded product, animal or poultry waste with resultant compost might be worthy of thought. The shredded product has found some use in the dairy industry in our area. I believe the printing industry ink standards has been tightened to the point ink toxicity concerns have been greatly reduced. Pelletized bedding products are finding a home in the horse world.

    One marketing advantage for such a product would be some sort of green certification. One issue confronting traditional commercial mulch and compost producers has been the contamination of their traditional raw products with lingering trace herbicides. Mulch or compost which kills or stunts landscaping isn't in much demand, 'course there is much finger pointing going on.

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  2. Rogue_Ryder

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    Yes I have a Pellet Stove and NO I would not pay any extra for a "Green" pellet. Here in Colorado you can get some made from dead trees that were killed by the pine beetle infestation and I believe they are the same or cheaper than "regular" pellets.

    Personally I think the biggest nonGreen aspect of burning wood pellets is you're wasting so much plastic. Those plastic bags are think and I go through a bag a day and that adds up to a lot of unrecyclable plastic.
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  3. josjor

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    You're actually just up the road from me........well, a couple hundred miles or so.............and I'm aware of the surplus of pine beetle waste trees. It certainly made that pellet guys supply side a lot cheaper. Good for pellet users, bad for the scenery. I hope they can come up with a good way to control those little six-legged terrors.

    I think the bag material is an issue, but you'd have to find a recyclable bag material that is impervious to moisture. Don't know if there is such a critter.
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  4. Bokrijder

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    You're right "Green" certification on a burnable pellet makes no sense.

    I picked up a couple bags of horse stall pellets to try them for effectiveness with housed pigeons, birds used for dog training. They work quite well, in fact very well. The pellets quickly break down into a duff like material, waste is added - good --- off to compost ??????? not sure.

    Stall, pen, coop waste is a valuable commodity in Ag business, but not if it is contaminated.
    So maybe a business opportunity if your product can be modified appropriately.

    1. Pelletized -- your product grows in volume after being placed, that's very good.
    2. Certification for no residual herbicide presence. These residuals touch two fronts of public concern - harming existing plants if applied as a part of mulch and carcinogenic potentials through direct contact. Topic is likely to linger for years as major chemical companies -- well, you see where this is going.
    3. Green

    Speaking of mulch contamination - I chuckle when I see a bunch of multi flora rose debris in the local organic waste pile. Stuff waiting to be run thru the grinder and given away as mulch - free mulch no less.

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  5. Navin

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    Is there a way to use pellets in a regular wood stove? I've not seen the inner workings of a pellet stove.
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    http://ecobrick.net/

    You could try these. They're just giant pellets that go in a regular stove but with the convenience of pellets.
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  8. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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  9. Navin

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    I just grabbed 5 bags for about $20 at the local H-depot. Never been that easy to deal with logs! I just dropped some in with a wood load. Heck, this might just be a great way to stretch the wood if not convert to it exclusively. I wish I had investigated these earlier.

    I'll let ya know how my stove is burning them later. The biggest complaint with it has been excessive temps. The windows are opened all night upstairs. If these burn slower and I can get less heat with the same or a longer burn it just might be the best option.

    Fingers crossed and I'll check out those bigger pellets and a basket too.
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  10. triplenickel

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    The thought of pellets without buying a pellet stove sounds good to me, can't wait to try it when this shift is over. The baskets seem kinda steep for what they are so I'm gonna try the KLR version of a basket since I already have one at home.
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  11. Navin

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    OK, what is that out of ??? :ear

    $125 for a steel bucket is pretty steep! :lol3

    My stove is burning great, I'm sure I can dial it down to a slower burn but I've got a bunch of raw logs and papers in there with a few lbs. of pellets scatter in the mix too so next load tomorrow I'll mess with the adjustments.

    Reading the eco brick directions I don't see why you even need a basket, I'm thinking I could leave the 1" of ash in the base and load pellets there, stacked as high as I want. Of course, I'd start with a low level or pile them higher in the rear, away from the doors.
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  12. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    Looks like a BBQ wok-basket thingy, possibly made of enameled steel? Might work best with pellets if set on a couple of fire bricks to allow air under bottom.
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    Bingo like $20 bucks here, add a couple bricks like you said or 4 bolts, and 8 nuts gets ya legs. Walmart, Home Depot etc.... easy to find.
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  14. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    You know what I like best about a pellet stove? The thermostat control. Man is it nice to know it's on guard all night. Usually ours kicks on about 3 AM and keeps the place from getting uncomfortably cold in the winter.
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  15. RustySpokes

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    We've had ours for about a month now, and are really enjoying it. I got back from a ride the other day and my wife had the family room up to 75. :jkam
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  16. Bueller

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    :nod I ran wiring across the house and mounted a second thermostat next to the HVAC thermostat. I can dump in a bag of pellets per day, stir the ash pot, and forget about it. Once per week I dump the ash drawer.
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    The circuit board on my Kozy stove just went.
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  18. John Nash

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    I have been in my house for 20 years next month. I installed a free standing Englander Pellet Stove in the corner of my family room downstairs the second year in the house.It puts out 56,000 BTU's. I don't run it all the time..but when I do it kicks ass.Its fabricated from 1/4 inch steel which when hot really puts out some heat. There are two augers which deliver the pellets to the burn pot.I have done no maintanence to this stove except clean out the ash from all inside areas of the stove.I have a fireplace in that room that I have not used since installing the pellet stove 19 years ago.I start the stove on high and its 80F in no time at all in a 600 sq.ft room.It really sends alot of heat upstair to the rest of the house also.I have always bought premium pellets from either Southern States or recently from our local Farm Supply Outlet.Paid $219.00 two weeks ago for a ton.I would estimate I have run a bout 15 tons of pellets through this stove over the years.I love this Englander Pellet Stove. My buddy has the same stove, which he purchased the same year as me, also has had no issues.
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