- Posted November 19, 2008 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Save the planet
We stopped using our furnace, you can too !
Are you tired of the cost of heating your home go thru the roof? About 3 years, ago we changed the way we heat our home, we switch from natural gas to a wood pellet stove. The breaking point for us was in February 2005 we received a $285 heating bill. That came in as $10.17 per day to heat out home. We live in the mid-atlantic area of the country and we have mild to cold winters. A normal heating bill October to April would run us $1,500. Not no more !
When the straw broke the camels back we were happened to be in out local home improvement store and they had a pellet stove on display. The salesman said the stove used wood pellets that are made from the left over hard-wood saw dust from lumber mills. Under high pressure they compress the saw dust into pellets. He also told us we could heat a home in our area for as little as $2.50 a DAY!!!!!! WoW Wee !!! We found the solution to heating out home.
The initial investment in the stove was $1,200.00 the flu was $200.00 and a pallet (50 bags) of pellets ( you get a 10% discount) by buying them by the pallet. I also had a 10% discount off my winter project from the home center. Prep at the house was simple. We put down a small area of tile floor to place the stove on. Had to drill 2 holes in the wall (1) for the flu (2) for the fresh air intake. If we could install this stove anyone can.
The stove has a microprocessor for starting and maintaining the running of the stove. So basically, you can start the stove and walk away - the instructions say. What we found after a few mss-starts, you learn to place a small pile of pellets in the right hand corner and use a lighter to kick start the process. In a few minutes you have a warm fire heating your home.
The stove has a self feeding hopper holds 20 lb. of pellets, a bag holds 40 lbs of pellets. An auger feeds the pellets to the burn pot. You control the temperature by mean of the control panel on the stove. It is easy to clean the unit with a shop vac, some window cleaner daily. We clean the flu outside once a month. Open the bottom of the flu and we run a wire bristle brush up it.
I decided to write this story with the current cost of fuel and to let people know there are other means to heat your home. I wanted to people know yes I have heated my home most days for $2.50 per day and on really - really - really cold nights $5.00. Last year we used 75 bags of pellets for the entire winter heating season or $412.50 that is for the entire year!
At the end of last season we happened to be back in our local home center and we found an end of the season close out on our stove for $550.00 - we purchased the stove just incase the one we have fails or we build a new home. Could not pass up the deal on a new stove.