Pellet stove fuel alternative

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by leonphelps, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. leonphelps

    leonphelps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A buddy of mine is using horse bedding pellets made from pine. He buys them for $1.50 a bag and says they burn hotter and last a little less than the hardwoods.

    just throwing this out there.
     
  2. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    creosote buildup???
     
  3. chickaddict

    chickaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hubby says "no way" - the tar from the pine creates creasol (not sure of the spelling) - a big factor in chimney fires

    but that price difference is sure tempting
     
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Wood is pretty much free around here... especially after we have a Tropical Storm or Hurricane.

    We have just purchased an EPA-rated wood stove from Northern Tool that will burn for 8-12 hours per load. It has the reburning technology so heat is not lost up the chimney.
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Creosote builds up with any type of burning. It's to a far lesser degree with hard wood but they still sell stove pipe brushes today even for pellet stove pipe for a reason. With soft wood you must clean more often is all or have one of those hour long vigils around the chimney on every floor during the chimney fires like I did as a kid. Ah, those were the days when a family worked together [​IMG]
     
  6. leonphelps

    leonphelps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my pellet stove had a 4' stack once outside, cleaning is pretty simple.

    you opened the cleanout and then put a brush up to the top. maybe a 2 minute ordeal.
     
  7. 6chix

    6chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is very wrong. Cresote build up is from improper burning(too cold). You can buy softwood(pine ) pellets and they burn great real hot and low ash. I would be concerened about the ash buildup with bedding pellets. Ive been burning pellets for 11 years now its a great way to heat your house.
     
  8. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Quote:I pay less than that per bag for my pellets.
     
  9. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Some pellet stoves are designed to burn coal. Not all of them though, because coal burns fiercely hot and 'breathes' from the bottom of the coal bed.
     
  10. leonphelps

    leonphelps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I pay less than that per bag for my pellets.

    $3.29 bag here for hardwoods.
     

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