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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Wood Pellet Stove purchase

Even though Heating Oil PricesIntegra II by Austroflamm/Rika
Freestanding Pellet Stove - contemporary style
have come down the last couple of days, most Homeowners are struggling to find a suitable replacement or add on for heating their home in Winter time, to compat the huge increases in Energy Costs.
Valuable information is hard to come by and many times more like a sales pitch. A product which has been a favorite of mine is the Wood Pellet Stove.The Wood Pellet Stove can be used as a stand alone product or as an insert in your existing Fire Place. When comparing the heating costs of Wood Pellets to Heating Oil one will understand quite quickly how much savings are possible in using a Wood Pellet Stove.
Take a look at this very helpfull and valuable Fuel Calculator: Fuel CalculatorHarman Accentra Pellet Fireplace Insert
Traditional Cast Iron Pellet Stove Insert
A great Web site to visit with info about Gas-inserts, Wood Stoves and of course Pellet Stoves and Pellet Stove Inserts is the Hearth Forum .
Nevertheless, to get you started I listed below some points which are important when considering the purchase of a

Wood Pellet Stove
  • Is the wood pellet stove certified by a quality label and a CE compliance label?
  • Is the efficiency rating of the pellet stove above 85% at maximum load?
  • Did an independent testing institute in USA test the stove's emissions and efficiency?
  • What is the noise level from the stove? Is the sound level at low output less than 43dBa?
  • Does the pellet stove have a convection air fan for good heat distribution?
  • Is the stove self-modulating according to the heat demand?
  • Does the stove offer any standby feature for a less pellet fuel consumption?
  • Does the stove have a large ash pan?
  • What kind of room temperature regulation (thermostat) does the stove have to avoid overheating?
  • What kind of safety features has the stove?
  • Does the stove design allow for easy cleaning of the internal flue passages?
  • What kind of flame pattern and view does the stove give?
Location of Wood Pellet Stove
  • Is the stove heat output adequate for the room it is going to be located in?
  • Is the stove located to allow sufficient clearance with combustible surfaces and materials?
  • Is there a properly wired outlet for electricity near the stove location?
  • Is their enough fresh air supply to the stove for a safe and efficient combustion? If not, how can outside air be drawn from an appropriate location?
Venting (chimney or flue pipe) for Pellet Stove
  • Is there provision for appropriate access to maintain and clean the venting system?
  • Is the minimum clearance between the vent and combustible materials respected?
  • Does the existing or proposed vent comply with the stove manufacturer's instructions?
  • Does the venting system recommended take into consideration local factors like altitude, windy conditions,
  • internal negative pressure (in very airtight houses or due to strong fans)?
Installation and Building Inspectors approval
  • Does the dealer offer delivery, installation, local building inspectors approval and after sales service?
  • Is the floor protected according to the pellet stove manufacturer's instructions?
  • What training and experience have the professionals involved in the installation?
  • How long will the installation take?
  • Who cleans up after the installation work?
  • Are the joints and seams of the vent pipes properly sealed to avoid exhaust gas leakage in the room?
  • What are the procedure and tests carried out when commissioning the system?
Operation and maintenance of Wood Pellet Stove
  • Is full documentation, including the user's manual, provided with the stove?
  • Is the fire started manually or automatically?
  • What is the pellet storage capacity of the stove and how long can it operate with one refill at nominal heat
  • output BTU's?
  • What kind of wood pellets (quality and size) have to be used with the stove?
  • What maintenance tasks have to be performed by a professional and how regularly?
  • What is the range of annual costs (fuel and maintenance) under average conditions?
  • How often do I have to empty the ash pan?
  • Does the dealer have spare parts available?
Costs and Payments for Wood Pellet Stove
  • Does the quotation cover all the costs associated with the installation of the stove (stove, vent)
  • installation/delivery, floor protection)?
  • What are the financing options and payment terms?
After-sales services for Wood Pellet Stove
  • What is the manufacturer's or supplier's warranty for each component of the pellet heating system?
  • What guarantees / warranties are provided for the installation?
  • Is an annual service contract available from the Dealer or Pellet Stove Supplier?
  • How does the Dealer provide emergency service work if required
  • Does the Dealer help in furnishing Wood Pellets for a reasonable price and deliver to home?

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