What is a Wood Pellet Stove?
A Wood Pellet Stove burns small wood pellets 6mm diameter and up to 30mm long it requires a flue of 125mm diameter. Pellets are carbon neutral. The pellet stove automatically lights itself on a Programme or via a button. Pellet Stoves are generally contemporary but we also have designs which are similar in appearance to a Log stove. There are two basic types available. Most are “forced ventilation” where the hot air is blown out via a fan. Some are “Natural Convection” and heat is distributed in a similar way to a Convection log stove. This method allows a larger flame pattern to replicate a more natural fire. Pellet stoves are very reliable.
What are the advantages of Pellet stoves over Log stoves?
A Pellet Stove will cost less than half as much to run compared to buying logs for £75 plus per Builders bag, and will cost about the same to run as Mains Gas. Wood pellets for stoves are supplied in 10/15kg plastic bags and can be purchased for £255 per ton, delivered. One ton will normally last a full season and can be stored in a space no larger than the average underside of a stair case. Whereas the space required for Logs can be 6/7 times larger. The Glass is kept clean with an “Air Wash” but will require a quick wipe over once a day to maintain the appearance. A Pellet Stove will require filling every 1 to 3 days and ash will require emptying once a week, producing about half a mug full of ash. A Log Stove will require hourly attention and will need emptying every day.
Pellet stoves are much cleaner to use than Log stoves, smoke often blows back into the room and logs can roll-out onto the floor causing damage, Logs are dirty and heavy and bulky. None of these issues effect Pellet stoves, they are very clean to use. The heat from Log stoves can be very uncontrollable and will often become so hot that it will become unbearable, the room will take an age to cool down as the Log stove retains heat for many hours. A Log stove will take up to 2 hours to bring the room to the desired temperature. Whereas the Pellet stove will achieve this in 20 minutes. The Pellet stove will maintain the desired temperature +/- 2 deg. The Heat rating of a Log stove is very important due to its uncontrollability, whereas providing the pellet stove is large enough for the room the heat rating of a Pellet stove can be any size as the casing does not get hot and the stove is fully modulating burning only what is required. All pellet stoves are fully programmable with two cycle times a day meaning that your home will be warm when you get up and when you return home. Most of the range are operated via remote control. Some models have a built in humidifier Chamber which can be scented to your taste. Pellet Stoves are on average 94% efficient and the average log stove is 75% these Percentages relate to the heat transferred to the room against that which escapes into the atmosphere.
What are the advantages of a Log stove to a Pellet Stove?
The Flame pattern of the log stove is more vibrant and they do not need the small amount of electricity required to operate the fans and controls. A pellet stove requires an annual service and as with other solid fuel appliances, the flue will also require cleaning annually.