Pellet Stove Venting Pellet Stove Venting

Home heating has taken on a new dimension, with pellet stove venting becoming an extremely popular option. As a result of their high efficiency and clean usage, pellet stoves have become an ideal means of home heating. In this article we share with you some facts about pellet stove venting and information you need on buying a pellet stove for your home.

How Does Pellet Stove Venting Work?

Pellet stove venting is based on using pellet stoves to spread warmth through the room. Pellet stoves are designed on the principle of using small pellets of fuel material that is of a clean and biodegradable nature. These pellets are usually around an inch in length and are made of organic materials, such as wastes from agricultural crops, wood chips and pieces of bark, waste paper bits, and sawdust residue. Some pellets are even made using kernels of corn, husks and nutshells. These pellets are burned in place of cut wood or fuels and produce enough heat to warm up the nearby surroundings. Pellet stoves are usually available as individual units that are used as room heaters for small spaces or as devices that can be inserted into the fire place to warm a whole room.

Each pellet stove is made up of a fuel hopper, a feeder, a flue exhaust pipe and a combustion chamber with a thermostat. The hopper acts as a storage space for the pellets and contains the pellets until they can be used for burning. The feeder serves the purpose of directing the fuel pellets into the burning combustion chamber where they burn to produce the heat. The flue exhaust pipe has to be fixed such that it channels the fumes away from the room, either through an external duct from a side wall or out of the chimney. The thermostat can be used to manipulate the temperature by regulating the speed at which the pellets are fed into the combustion chamber.

Maintenance of Pellet Stoves

Using a pellet stove calls for standard maintenance practices, which can go a long way in ensuring the lifespan and reliability of your appliance. Some maintenance tips you can follow are:

  • Once the cold months are over remove the fuel pellets from the hopper. Keeping the pellets stored even after you stop using the stove can cause the stove to rust and spoil.

  • The flue vent experiences extensive soot deposits, which need to be cleaned regularly to ensure optimal functioning.

  • Motors and fans need to be checked frequently to ensure they are in optimal working condition. If you notice any discrepancies call a servicing agent and get the problems fixed.

Advantages of Pellet Stove Venting

  • They are safe for use inside the home

  • They use cleaner fuels, and biodegradable and organic materials

  • The exteriors are designed to resist overheating; hence chances of accidental burning is reduced

  • They are very efficient

  • Create a significantly lesser degree of pollution than conventional wood stoves

Disadvantages of Pellet Stove Venting

  • Repairs can be very expensive

  • Need electrical connections and sockets to run

  • Can add significantly to the electric bill every month

  • Power cuts require alternate sources of power or the stove is of no use

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