Pellet Burning Fireplace Inserts – Heating Your Home with Renewable Resources
If your traditional open-air fireplace represents the past, the pellet-burning fireplace inserts offered by Fireplace Warehouse ETC, represent the clean burning future.
Pellets are Biomass, but Not Always Wood
Though the common parlance is “wood pellets,” this is something of a misnomer. These pellets are compressed sawdust and not virgin wood processed into pellets. These pellets are typically made from the wood processing byproduct of sawmills that might otherwise go to a landfill.
Pellets are also routinely made with a percentage of added agricultural waste corn, as well as other biomass. One of the pellet burning fireplace insertswe sell is rated to only burn wood pellets. Another will also burn properly dried corn, while yet a third is “multi fuel” capable, being able to also burn wheat, barley, and compressed grass pellets.
Burning these compressed and totally dried pellets of any composition results in a more complete burn than is available using seasoned cordwood. Pellet burning fireplace inserts realize an average five to eight percent burn efficiency gain over the comparable wood burning fireplace inserts available. These pellets also reduce to less ash, (a 40lb. bag reduces to just 3oz. of ash), and creosote. However, one of the few drawbacks of this high efficiency combustion is that pellet burning stoves and inserts are more maintenance intensive than are competing products.
To get an idea of the costs of the pellet fuel, a ton of high quality pellets, (50 bags @ 40lbs. each), is the energy potential equivalent of a cord and one half of firewood.
Hopper Fed Convenience
Unlike a wood burning fireplace insert, you don’t have to continually tend the fire in a pellet stove. Most pellet burning fireplace inserts are fed from a hopper, which automatically sends in fresh pellets into the combustion bowl over time. Some hopper configurations have the capacity to feed your fire for between one and two days without bulk replenishment.
Pellet burning fireplace inserts are among the most flexible products we carry at Fireplace Warehouse ETC. They can be configured with or without blowers. All are capable of being equipped with optional thermostatic controls, but none require them for basic functionality.
Some of the pellet burning fireplace inserts we sell will even allow you to mimic an actual wood fire through the use of ceramic log inserts that disguise the fact that your pellets are efficiently burning in a combustion chamber behind those logs.
Though at this time you can’t see working fireplace inserts at our showroom in Denver, we do have functioning display models of pellet burning stoves that will show you the same operating principles. Or, come see our selection of pellet burning fireplace inserts at our showroom in Colorado Springs. You can call 1.866.738.8409 today for more information.