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Old 01-25-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Pellet stoves?

Who has one & whats your thoughts on them.I was told that If I put one in my basement(ceilings 10 ft tall,no insulation on floor above,basement is large) it will heat my house pretty good.I use heating oil & it sure would cut down on the oil usage.How do I pick one out? Any info would be great.Thanks

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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Just a thought. Since you live in Upsate NY, I have always thought of power losses. If you lose power in the cold your pellet stove will no longer work. For that reason I feel a wood stove is the better choice. With it you can heat, even get minimal light and even cook (heat food) a bit if you lost power.
Sorry to steer you off course but I figured I would throw that out there.

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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I have a pellet stove and I really hate it. It just doesn't put out the type of strong, radiant heat that a wood stove does, and as mentioned above it's useless in a power outage. My house is a 1-story and the pellet stove is at one end, and it only heats the room that it's in and takes quite a while to even do that.

I would never recommend one over a wood stove. My next choice for supplemental heating would be a natural gas or propane fireplace.
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Thanks for the input.I currently have a wood fireplace,I just thought the additional stove would help.Thanks for the help.
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+1 on wood stoves. In addition to the reasons above, you can't split your pellets after those August thunder storms deliver next years heat to ya for free! And nothing heats a house like a wood stove short of central heat or gawd awful baseboard "oven coil" heaters.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:49 AM   #6
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i kind of liked my pellet stove, but would rather had a wood stove. i choose the pellet simply because of the chimmy(not needing one to be exact) my place was 1100sqft and it did a nice job in ohio winters of heating it as my main heating source. it would use about 2 pallets of pellets a winter, about 400bucks. which was much better than the $400/ month gas bill from my boiler baseboard heaters
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:56 AM   #7
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oh yea and also most stoves come with a optional battery backup
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:15 AM   #8
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Pellet stoves just suck. I live in Oregon and have had a wood stove since i was knee high to a grasshopper. Wood heat is simply the best. It heats your bones!
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OP,
I had a raised ranch a while ago, I had the wood stove in the basement, It worked great for ehating the upstairs, One thing I did though was hang a window fan in the doorway, (get it up high where the heat is) and it moved alot of warm air throughout the kitchen and livingroom, leaving the bedrooms cooler for sleeping.

As far as pellet vs wood. My neighbor has a pellet stoveand loves it. But he is not the type to go out and split and stack wood, but there place is warm. It is easier to maitain, just dump in a bag of pellets.
Its going to come down to a personal choice. I am thinking of a pellet stove because my wife is not going to maintan a wood stove. She would rather crank the heat up.
But thats a different story...
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I have 1 and its fine for what we use it for. I have 2 woodstoves and the pellet stove is in the basement. We light it whenever the temp drops below low 20s outside. Keep it on low just to keep the chill off the floor. Liked it a lot better before the price of pellets tripled the year after I got it. Woodstoves go all winter, we have no furnace just the 3 stoves. Its nice because I set it low enough that I just refill it once a day. Tending the 3rd woodstove in the basement was a pita
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I have a st Croix pellet stove in my 1 story rancher and love it. I went from spending $350 per month on electric and keeping the house at 70 degrees to about a $100 electric bill (no heat running) and $100 worth of pellets per month keeping the house at 72-74 degrees. my only complaint is having to clean it once a week but it only takes about 15 minutes. As for power outages I have a generator to take for of that.

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