Wood pellet burners may seem like an unreasonable, old-fashioned way to heat your home. But, utilizing pellet fuel, especially in a residential environment, has tons of advantages for you, your wallet, and the environment. These little pellets are a true triple threat! Let’s dive into what makes wood pellet burners and stoves so desirable.
What Are Pellets & Pellet Burners?
Wood pellet stoves are typically smaller in size, especially models intended for use in a living room or in your home. These burners burn small wood pellets, made from heavily compressed, recycled materials and types of woods. To operate, they only require loading up the pellets and igniting the flame! The small, dry pellets release heat when they’re burned.
Pellets are Cost-Effective
Installation and purchasing a pellet burner or stove up front can range anywhere from $1000 to upwards of a few thousands of dollars. Pellet distribution costs less than the cost of distributing wood chips. The pellets are sold in bulk bags, about the size of a mulch bag, making them affordable and easy to store. A typical homeowner uses 3 tons of pellets per heating season at a cost of about $825.
More Bang for Your Buck
The compact, dry nature of pellets creates more heat, causing the fuel to burn hotter (and cleaner, we’ll get to that next!) than their wood counterparts. The “direct thermal conversion” of pellets has an efficiency level of approximately 80%! Much more than other means of generating heat. And, 3 million tons of wood pellets can displace the equivalent of almost 8.5 million barrels of fuel oil!
Lessened Environmental Impact
Pellet stoves have extremely low emissions, compared to fireplaces and other means, due to their high efficiency and fuel density. Every ton of pellets used instead of oil reduces CO2 emissions by about 1.5 tons. Total emissions offset this year because of pellets will be nearly 4.5 million tons of CO2.
All in all, pellet burners burn hotter, cleaner, and longer – so, why not give them a shot? Winter is coming sooner than you’d think, and investing now in a pellet stove could potentially save you money and keep you more comfortable than ever. Stop into our showroom at Leo Distributors to see one yourself, or contact us today for more information. We would be more than happy to tell you more about how pellet burners, like the WoodMaster Pro CleanFire we offer, can make a great heating option for your home.