A Wood Pellet Stove Turns Waste Wood Into Home Heat

For a convenient, eco-friendly, and potentially money-saving method of home heating, give some thought to using a wood pellet stove.



Wood pellets close-up
Pellets are the feedstock for a wood pellet stove. Waste wood and byproducts from lumber mills and planing plants that would otherwise rot have become a popular pellet raw material, although not all have this origin.
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Close-up of pellet stove
Pellet appliances come in three main types: stoves, fireplace inserts, and furnaces/boilers, with stoves being the most popular by far.
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Burn pot pellets
The "burn pot" is the part of a pellet stove where pellets are actually burned.
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Bag of wood pellets
Wood pellets are usually sold in 40-pound bags. Other fuels for pellet stoves, such as corn, may be sold in bags or bulk.
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Pellet stove diagram
Harman Home Heating offers a “bottom feed” system that allows homeowners to use cheaper fuel, which also has higher ash content. Ashes are pushed out of the burn pot as new fuel is fed in. Regular maintenance (burn pot scraping) can be performed without shutting down the stove — a plus for both time savings and heating efficiency.
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Living room pellet stove
Pellet stoves heat a single room or an entire home.
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Dry and wet pellets
Pellets expand if they get wet. To burn efficiently they must be kept dry.
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