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Anyone Using Wood Pellet Stoves

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Terrel L. Shields

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Popular here as backup, pellet stove owners do complain about reliability with ignition issues the most. Pellets are high due to demand in Europe where they are considered a green energy source.

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=29152

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Utility-grade wood pellets used by electric utilities account for more than 75% of total wood pellet production. The remainder is mostly premium-grade pellets used for heating in the residential and commercial sectors. Utility-grade pellets generally have higher ash content than premium pellets. Premium pellets with lower ash content and higher heating values are better suited to heating applications where use of pellets with high ash content might have adverse impacts on wood pellet stoves and air quality.

During the first half of 2016, about 82% of pellet sales were utility pellets in the export market, of which more than 85% were sold to the UK's Drax powerplant
 

Randolph Kinney

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Mark K

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Being in the middle of the corn belt, I see more people burning corn than pellet burning. I think you can burn either corn or pellets in many pellet stoves.

I know one guy that heats his house on about 2 bu. of corn/day, a bit more when it gets really cold.
 

Noreen

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Popular here as backup, pellet stove owners do complain about reliability with ignition issues the most. Pellets are high due to demand in Europe where they are considered a green energy source.

My daughter & her husband bought a beautiful one when heating oil was up to $4 a gallon ( you are talking about heating a home that required $1000 every 4 to 5 weeks of oil fill ups), once they became so popular, supply & demand kicked in, finding pellets toward the end of the season was near impossible. Now that oil is more reasonable, they sold their stove due to the pro's & cons of the "big picture" in this area.
 
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