There are many different ways to heat your house, and one of the newer ways to do so is with wood pellets. It’s an alternative method of heating your home, and it’s cost-effective. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about pellet fireplaces.
This style of fireplace uses pressed pellets that are often made of byproducts from sawmills. In some states, there are even limited sales taxes on wood pellets. Check your local ordinances. Unlike stacked firewood, which should be kept outdoors, wood pellets should be stored in a dry location indoors to avoid moisture absorption.
How They Work
Pellet fireplaces are pretty simple from the user’s point of view. You simply load the wood pellets into a hopper where they are automatically fed into the stove, creating a constant heat source. The unit has a thermostat that will regulate the temperature. Externally, it looks similar to a traditional wood stove.
A pellet fireplace can range in price from $1,000 on up. The pricing depends on the brand, features, and size of the unit. You’ll also have to add in the cost of the vent pipe.
It’s possible to install a pellet fireplace by yourself, but it involves cutting into the wall, roof, or chimney, depending on the installation. If you’re not knowledgeable or comfortable with the DIY approach, you may want to consider professional installation.
Unlike wood stoves, pellet fireplaces don’t produce an excessive amount of ash. If you’re using the stove daily, you can wait to clean the ash pan once per week.
See and hear the fireplace in action. Pellet fireplaces can make noise, and if it bothers you, you’ll want to find a different model.
If you’re interested in installing a pellet fireplace in your home, contact Hi-Tech Appliance. Visit our Louisville, Colorado showroom and speak to one of our pellet fireplace sales experts.