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Old 09-18-08, 09:03 AM   #1
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Alto the pellet stove isn't a true renovation,
just sort of a re-allocation,
I thought maybe a discussion of them might be a good idea.

We are in our first year of ours,
only 1 bag into it.
We had a cool night last night and another coming up so we ran it all night.

I was as easy as everyone has told us.
The house stayed at 71 (too hot for me, but . . .) on the first level setting.
Going to install the thermostat tonight to see how that works.

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Old 09-18-08, 09:43 AM   #2
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My step father had a pellet stove for his house. He ended up removing it because it got his work area (works from home) too warm. He did like the price of it all though.

BTW, don't worry about if its a renovation or not. Is installing CFLS a renovation? No, not really, but it is an improvement. Feel free to discuss even the little things.
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Old 09-18-08, 03:11 PM   #3
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What kind of stove is it?

Is it plumbed in to your HVAC system?

I'm interested; but heating is about 5% of energy use down here (literally less than 10 nights a year) so we just use super wasteful electric coils.
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Old 09-19-08, 08:50 AM   #4
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It brand is a St. Croix
.: St. Croix - Pellet & Corn Stoves :.
We heat with oil, and have a backup wood stove.
But the tank fill for oil being about $800 this year,
led us to look for alternatives.

Pellets stoves are just about zero clearance so we put it into a corner of the living room and vented it straight out the back through the wall.
From there, it should heat the bedrooms upstairs,
and the living, dining and kitchen on the first floor.

Our current thinking is to use the pellets to keep the house up in temp,
maybe 65 degrees or so,
and let the oil bring it up during the occupied times using a programmable thermostat.

The wood will be used on weekends as that's in the sun room.
That can help heat the rest of the house while we're there,
but it's a lot of work to try to use it as primary,
and, we would have to heat that big room, even when we aren't in it.
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We've had a couple of cool nights lately and the pellet stove came on to take the chill off.
The oil-burner isn't even on yet.

The thermostatically controlled stove works well but there is a large time lag between the time the thermo calls for the heat and the time the stove lights and actually produces it.

During the winter, we'll probably just run the stove manually,
not on the automatic mode.

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