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Pellet Stove Fuel Selection

Pellet stoves are engineered to use biofuel from plant based material that are derived mainly from discarded products such aswood chips, used pallet, saw dust or other waste products that normally could be ending up in our landfills.. Small pellet of wood compariable to what we associate with animal food, The discarded products is condensed into small pellet of wood, similar to what we associate with animal feed, to a size fit for pellet stoves.

Fuel that is used for pellet stoves can be purchased in a couple of different grades of pellets.. The premium grade is the most common, producing up to 95 percent of the fuel produced, the rest of the production is standard grade which quite commonly is used in agriculture as animal bedding. To reduce jamming and or bridging from happening in a pellet stove, manufactures product pellets to meet the premium grade standard for range. The most favorable deminsion is generally less then 1.5 inches long and better to be even smaller then 1 inch to prevent bridging from happining of the augar of the pellet stove where the pellets drop onto the auger. The best grade pellets will have less them 1 percent ash content once the pellets are burned. If there is a large amount of bark mixed into the pellet fuel, there will be a large amount of ash content. The less brown in color the pellet fuel are indicators of the amount of bark, e.g. very dark indicates a lot of bark, with little or no bark the pellets are very light in color. The grade of pellet is not determined by the hardness of the wood as both hard woods and soft woodsare used. The wood that is used is usually determinedby the available source of wood that the pellet mill has available for their production process.

It normally is a wise to try out different manufactures of pellet fuel before deciding on your finale choice to conclude, which manufacture performs best for your pellet stove. Before you stock up to keep your home warm for the winter. Different brands of pelletsusually have different price tags. Often the lower priced pellets can be a better value for your money, don't decide just only on cost Inspect the pellets as you pour the sack into your pellet stove, make sure there is not a lot of free fines in the bottom of the bag although some sawdust will will not be abnormal. A lot of pellet stoves do not auger these loose sawdust very good, nor do these loose sawdust create very much heat value as the fines usually just becomes fly ash, meaning more frequent cleaning is essential to keep you pellet stove air flows from being plugged up. Some consumers actually screen the saw dust out of the pellet to assure a correct amount of pellets are feed by the pellet stove. Check to make sure the pellet fuel you are buying are compairable to or are premium grade, as this info should be listed on the bag. The Pellet Fuel Institure is an organization that many pellet fuel manufactures belong to./p>

An often asked question that is ask over and over, can my pellet stove burn corn kernels. The answer is yes maybe, but you will need to blend with the corn. Kernals of corn generate more heat and is possible to trip a safety switch and shut your stove off due from the extra heat generated by the corn, be cautious with high heat setting. Deposits left over from the burnt corn has a lot of a substance left over that are called clinkers. Manual removal of the hard clinkers that have built will be necessary, usually with a scraper, requiring frequent removal of the clinker then would be expected with residue from wood pellets. If these clinkers are not removed, air flows are impaired and the pellet stove does not work correctly. Most pellet stove manufactures do not recommend corn to be burned in their appliances as they are aware of the likely problem the consumer may have. If you do decide to try to burn corn, commence with a limited quantity mixed completely with your pellets. The rule of thumb is not to exceed a ratio of corn to pellet of 30 percent to 50 percent. You need to understand, why do I want to burn corn? There really is only a couple of answers. First, unable to locate a adaquate source of pellets in my area. Second is the cost of corn substantiallycheaper than pellets to warrant the extra work.

Using a pellet stove can save you considerable amount of money for heating your heating needs when compared to the use of conventional oil or gas based products or electrical heat. It is necessary that you follow the guidelines. It is always prudent to obtain your pellet stove from a company that deals primarily in stove products. Often they will say get in touch with the manufacturer or a dealer of pellet stoves in your area. Any stove store are internet site that do specialize in stove product that did not sell you the pellet stove will not help you as they have no desire or obligation to help you. Some manufactures will help you but in very limited manner, other manufacture will not help you at all, as the manufacturer relies on the company that sold you the stove to do answer general questions and or do any warrenty work. Usually, when you need the most guidance and or help is in the main part to the heating season when the manufacture is recieving their highest call volume and not so uncommon will not respond to your call swiftly. Saving money is very important, but if your pellet stove does not will not function the way it is supposed to, or you have to hire a tecnition to fix your stove, did you really save any money? A knowledgeable service technician can often walk you though a dignosis of your problelm without even come out to your home, and have your pellet stove appliance back back in operation in a quicker space of time..

 

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