Over one million homes in the United States use wood pellets as a heating source. Although pellet popularity is continually rising, there are still many frequent questions and misconceptions about heating with wood pellets. Below, we have compiled a list of the most common inquiries we hear from both new and existing pellet users.
Can I Use a Wood Pellet Stove as My Home’s Only Source of Heat?
Depending on the location of the stove and the size/efficiency of your home – yes. Some stoves can easily heat up to 2,500 square feet of space. A common practice is to put pellet stoves in parts of the house to create zone heat, but lightly use a central furnace as a back up. It’s especially common to use oil heating strictly as a backup to pellets, for example, when the price of oil rises significantly.
How Many Bags of Pellets Should I Buy?
The amount of pellets you can expect to burn through in a heating season depends on the quality of the wood pellets and the efficiency of the stove – among other things. However, one bag of quality pellets will commonly provide a full day of good, steady heat.
The average residential wood pellet customer in the Northeast uses 150-200 bags of wood pellets throughout the entire heating season. There are 50 bags in one ton of pellets, so that’s 3-4 tons.
We read every single feedback card we receive, because we love to hear straight from our customers. We appreciate ideas, honest criticism, and of course – happy testimonials. Check out what some of our recent satisfied customers have to say!
Laconia, NH: “Everyone was so helpful and easy to work with. I was nervous as this is my first time using a pellet stove and ordering. The staff on the phone were polite and very helpful. The delivery man was very helpful on choosing a spot to put the pellets. Could not have been easier.”
Just in time for the big shopping season – Woodpellets.com is giving away $50 Amazon gift cards with purchases of 3 or more tons before Friday, November 20th!*
Would you use the card for yourself, or a loved one? Check out our list of gift ideas that are each around $50, and all available from Amazon.com.
For the Outdoors-y Person
Green Valley Sleeping Bag: Highly-rated sleeping bag for the camper (under 5″11) in your life.
Coleman Road Trip Party Grill: Collapsible and compact – this mini grill is great for tailgating, too.
Instant Screened Canopy: Beat the bugs with an easy to assemble screened room! Usually much pricier, but on sale for less than $50 often.**
Intex Inflatable Pull Out Sofa Bed: Impress fellow campers with your outdoor sofa, which can easily convert into a bed!
October is here! Stores are packed with an endless supply of candy, costumes are available at every turn, and many houses are starting to look festive for the 31st. (We like to refer to it as Hearthoween!) We’ve told you about some great DIY wood pallet projects before, but did you know you can use your leftover wood pallets as spooky decorations? We have compiled our four favorite ideas, in no particular order below.
1. Creepy Temporary Wall
Spook Factor: 5
Now here’s an easy way to make your house look totally different – and very eery. There are some variations on how you could do this, but the simplest way is to stack the pallets upright and zip-tie them together.
After securing your temporary wall, add your fog machines and back lighting of your choice. This photo shows some extra scary pizazz with dirty netting. Now is the time to get creative with your embellishments!
There’s a lot of information within the wood pellet industry to digest – especially when pellet delivery is involved. The purpose of this blog post is to cover some of the basics that are to be expected for your order.
Equipment and Parking
Did you know that your wood pellets might not be burning at full potential, if your stove hasn’t been cleaned properly? Much like a car needs oil changes and tire rotations, your pellet stove requires maintenance in order to operate as safely and efficiently as possible.
With delivery season in full swing, we thought it might be helpful to provide a general guideline for our customers on how to make your Woodpellets.com home delivery as easy as possible.
The more information you provide, the better. Does your road have heavy construction going on? Is your driveway hard to find? Does your address not come up on GPS? If our drivers know ahead of time what to be prepared for, we can better serve you. It’s better to be up front about any tricky circumstances especially, so the delivery team can do all that’s possible to find a solution ahead of time.
Chimneys carry out the substances produced when firewood burns (smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar fog and assorted minerals). As the hot substances flow up into the relatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs, which results in creosote residue sticking to the inner walls of the chimney.
In a perfect world, you would have big open space indoors to store your wood pellets. Of course, that extra space isn’t always available – especially if you have several pallets of fuel to store.
If you don’t have room to store your wood pellets in the garage or basement, the next best thing is a shed or shelter in a raised, dry place.
If you have to store your wood pellets outside, you’ll need to fully
inspect the outer plastic that has been wrapped around your fuel, when it arrives. Check for any rips or holes where moisture can seep in. Make sure to repair any damage with water proof tape or additional layers of plastic. Read more
The 2014-15 heating season in the Northeast started pretty mild – with temperatures in September averaging around 50 degrees (F). January and February temperatures plummeted, and the snow accumulation broke records in many places. Most stoves weren’t switched off for the season until well into May.
New England Snowfall Records Broken
But what will this winter bring for the Northeast? More bitter temperatures? More debilitating snow levels?
Unfortunately, the Old Farmers Almanac is predicting above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England.