Are Wood Pellet Stoves better for the Environment?
A wood pellet stove is currently a viable alternative to modern processes of heat your home, and is it self a surprisingly recent invention. Throughout the 1980’s this kind of heating became quite popular, and has enjoyed a resurgence in interest. But what are the benefits of a wood pellet stove, and why should one be considered by you for the house?
Firstly what precisely is a wood stove? Usually free standing but also can be found in fireplace style with ceramic logs, a pellet burning stove uses compressed hard-wood pellets, recycled from saw-mill off-cuts, and is designed to provide precisely the same convenience and sanitation expected of modern devices, including safe and clean operation, thermostatic controls, & most significantly it really is self feeding so endless focus is not needed as with conventional wood burning ovens. Simply fill with pellets activate and place your thermostat and the stove will burn at a steady controlled temperatures with no intervention from you for hours or days.
An important difference between wood pellet stoves and wood-burning stoves is that due to the building and burn off attributes of the wood pellets they are consumed at a predictable and constant rate with almost no creosote accumulation. In addition they are amazingly safe, introducing considerably less hazard to the surrounding environment including walls and furniture than traditional ranges.
Building and wood pellet materials are integral to the security that exemplify wood pellet stoves. Pellets are constructed from timber and other lumber byproducts frequently unused for other purposes, making them inherently eco-friendly. They burn with virtually no smoke and are arguably carbon neutral.
Another tremendous advantage is the wood pellet stove outlet at the rear or leading of the unit does not heat anywhere as much as a conventional wood stove, which means a brickwork chimney isn’t necessarily required. If you’ve got one then it may of program be utilized, but if not the stove can be set up wherever flue or a metal liner can be positioned out or through a-wall of the roof. This really is often impossible using a wood-burning stove. The biggest advantage though is that there is no wood-chopping required and typically 1 tonne of wood pellets emits the same heat as 4-10 tonnes of wood. Essentially making them much more convenient for smaller residences without storage or chopping facilities.
It should be noted however that a timber pellet range is not available everywhere and does require electricity so for remote locations where a conventional stove may be more flexible and reliable. Remember this really is a contemporary appliance designed for convenient modern living, having the advantage of being green and especially smoke free.
So are wood pellets more environmentally friendly? Well that depends, pellets certainly burn more consistently and efficiently and are recycled. On the other hand they are not available everywhere and if they need to be transported long distances then the total CO2 output of transportation can offset the efficiency gained from total CO2 output from burning more efficiently. In the real world however they efficiency is probably much greater as being thermostatically controlled there is no possibility to overstack the fire and generate far more heat than necessary and the inaccurate oxygen control mechanism of conventional fires means the fire often burns faster than necessary reducing the heat efficiency. Plus as wood pellet fires control the fuel load they are easier to turn on and off than a wood stacked fire.
Ultimately wood pellet fires eliminate human error in controlling heat which is probably the biggest efficiency variance in heat generation when using wood-based heating systems.