Converting Wood Stove to Pellet?
Posted February 12 2007 - 11:49 AM
I currently have an oil & wood burning stove in my basement (one side is the oil burner, and the other side is the airtight wood stove). Heat travels to the upstairs by hot water radiators in each room (not forced air). Question: Is there any way to convert my existing wood burning portion of the stove into a pellet stove? I'm getting sick of the price of oil (my tank is a 275 gal and I'm filling it about every 1.5 months at around $450-$500 per fill), but I'd rather not burn wood because of safety reasons. From what I've heard and read pellets are much more efficient and enviro friendly. The entire stove is already connected to my chimney, so venting should not be an issue. Does anyone know if this is even possible or practical? In my mind it should work, but in reality I have no idea! I don't know too much about how pellet stoves really work.
Posted February 12 2007 - 12:10 PM
Give other folks a chance to read the thread and perhaps help.
Posted February 12 2007 - 08:05 PM
Posted February 13 2007 - 06:45 AM
$20.60 per Million BTU of Heat delivered to home
$1,957.00 per year for normal home for Oil
$23.03 per Million BTU of Heat delivered to home
$2,187.85 per year for normal home for Pellets
Add in electricity costs to run the pellet stove, time spent picking up the pellets and stacking, storing and moving them, cleaning the stove, summerizing the stove, etc etc and you can see that pellets are no longer the most economical heating choice. Surprisingly, the cheapest heat source today is coal, and it is amazingly clean. Coal stoves crank heat out like there's no tomorrow, and run for days on a single hopper load.
Posted February 14 2007 - 09:55 AM
By the way, I do believe my wood stove will burn coal too. It's one of those all-in-one sort of deals. Oil burner on one side, wood/coal box on the other. It's a heavy duty thick airtight steel box with a metal grate on the bottom, so I don't see why it shouldn't burn coal too. So maybe that is the way to go? Where do you even get coal from nowadays? What is the avg price per ton (or whatever a load is)? Thanks!
Posted February 15 2007 - 05:34 AM
Posted February 15 2007 - 10:59 AM