pellet stoveAt a time when the focus of the nation has shifted somewhat to our environment, it is not surprise that environmentally friendly heating options are becoming more popular in the home. The pellet stove is a device that looks a lot like a wood stove, but it uses wood pellets as fuel. The pellets are made from leftover scraps of wood and sawdust that are collected from lumber mills. The pellets are easy and cheap to make, and they give off little to no pollution. The fact that the pellets burn clean and are cheap to make are what make them so friendly for our planet.

The pellet stove works very efficiently to heat a home. The pellets are loaded into a hopper which could be located at the top or bottom of the device. An auger takes the pellets and delivers them to a burn pot. The speed of the auger is what determines how warm the stove is going to make the house. The stove works on an electronic ignition, and there is an ash pot that collects the ashes from the burned pellets. The ash pot needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep the stove functioning at its peak.

The pellet stove uses convection to heat the home. The cool air is pulled into the stove and it is passed over the burn pot to help heat the air. The clean air is then pushed out through a heat exchanger which makes sure the pellets are heated evenly. The exchanger then sends the air through a blower and out into the home. The exhaust from the stove can be pushed out through a chimney, or it can be vented out through a side wall in the home. Either way, it is important that the stove is vented properly to allow for the stove to function.

The pellet stove is operated by a thermostat that regulates the amount of pellets that are fed into the burn pot. At a lower setting, the stove will maintain a small and even flame over a longer duration. Higher settings will result in a larger flame and more heat being pushed out.