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HOW LONG DOES A BAG OF PELLETS LAST

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by glenc0322, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    On average how long do you get from a bag of pellets. I know there are a lot of variables. Its 30 degrees outside and i put a new bag in this morning at 6 am and have had it on all day still have some left i think i will get about 15 hours out of 1 bag? the house is toasty warm

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  2. george pence

    george pence New Member

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    Glad to see your toasty on Long Island after your history with these two storms!! That sounds about right...if I run my stove on 2 or 3, highest is 5, I get about 16-18 hrs burn time;)
  3. kofkorn

    kofkorn Feeling the Heat

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    Far too many variables. Which stove; what setting; which pellets; thermostat or not;

    So many things. In the early fall with my 25PDV on low, with the bottom buttons set at 3-1-1, thermostat off, I generally get between 24 to 28 hrs out of a bag.

    In the heart of the winter, with the thermostat set at 69, I will average a bag and a half a day. But even then, the stove is usually cycling between high and low, so I am sure that it could chew through them faster.

    I've been using North American pellets which are in my opinion are not great quality.

    --Kofkorn
  4. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    If I keep it on low 16-18 hrs.....in the heart if winter I use around 2 bags a day
  5. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I average about 12 hours a bag on medium heat setting(or aprox. 4 pounds per hour). Less fuel in the lower heat settings and more if I go higher. There are many variables with pellets(size/density) and stove feed rates(pounds per hour) that effect how long they last.

    15 hrs. per bag doesn't sound extreme.
  6. Melissa220

    Melissa220 Feeling the Heat

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    The last few days I have burned 1 bag every 24 hours running room temp auto with the rooms maintained between 68 and 71. I have been burning MWP blend .
  7. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    thanks for the response i know there are to many variables to list and every stove is different. i dont think ill ever get 24 hours out of a bag. thanks again
  8. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    20 - 1000 years ==c
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  9. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    And your house is always 80::F in all rooms ....

    You must be burning those unobtainium pellets, I have a ton of them around here somewhere, wait I'll get my radiation detection gear and find them.
  10. khenault

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    The problem with unobtanium pellets is the stove doesn't burn them, they burn the stove.
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  11. jvanase

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    Using Timberheats from Lowes. On setting 2/5 it burns 1 bag every 12 hours. If I crank it up to 3, it drops to around 8 hours. So, 2 or 3 bags per day depending on the setting I'm using. I haven't tried a lot of brands yet, so I can't speak to feed rates from different size pellets really.
  12. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    That explains the glowing puddle in the corner. My convection blower must have failed.
  13. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    I just tried a bag of Timber Heat....they feed faster than the average pellet.
  14. jvanase

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    Really? That's interesting to hear. I'm on my last 2 or 3 bags, so I look forward to trying some of the other 6 brands I bought for this year. This is my first year, so I don't have anything to compare against yet.

    Some of my co-workers told me I was crazy for buying 6 tons, but if I eat 3 bags a day I'm going to need them all!!
  15. shtrdave

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    I seem to go through almost a bag a day, temp set at room temp 70 keep the place about 70 over all. I do for now shut it off in the morning
    I am gone for about 10 hours or so each day and the temp is down to 60 when I get home, I will leave it on all day as the weather gets colder and stays colder.
  16. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    For a reference most brands my stove uses 2.3-2.5 lbs/hr when running on low. The Timber Heat fed at 2.9!!!
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    When my Enviro Evolution was working ( got to get it fixed) on number 1 or 2 settings it would run 26 hours to 24 hours with outside temp of around 30 degrees using Cubex hardwood pellets, keep the house at 70 to 72. On 4 very seldom would I use number 5 setting with outside temp at 0 or below it would use a bag about every 12 hours. keep house around 68, maybe 66 at far end of house. Temps between below 0 and 32 it would vary if using number 3 setting, somewhere around 18 hours. What suprise me was the unfinnished basement would not get down below 40 degrees, maybe 38 if wind was blowing.
  18. John Wallington

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    I might not be a good comparsion because I have a pellet furnace, not a pellet stove and from what everyone is saying I am not sure they line up. But in the fall and early spring I can get 1 bag to last 24 hours, especially with my smartstat function that turns the furnace off after 1 hour of no call for heat. In January/Feb. I can run up to 3 bags a day, but It depends on the heat setting I run. Both my wife and daughter are cold blooded and complain if the house isnt 80 degrees all the time, but I am training them to live in 70. However, i have the heat setting set up a few notches higher than i really have to, to allow the temperature rise to catch up faster...if that makes sense.

    Long story short, I am probably wasting some pellets in the cold cold months, but i dont have to listen to anyone complain...which is a sweet trade off for me.
  19. Hellfire

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    Shortest burn the fastest.

    Just depends on your heat demand.

    Mine is about a 40# to 60# a day
  20. save$

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    We start about mid sep. and end around Memorial Day with some minor adjustments. Usually burn about 5 tons so that is 250 bags for 255 days. So a bag a day. The year before last, we burned 6 tons. Jan and feb are usually 2 bag days I have a couple tons of soft pellets to try during those months. Just want to see if we get a little more heat from them.
  21. briansol

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    I keep my place cooler than most.... its 66 during peak living, and 62 at night and during the business day when no one is home.
    I use about a bag a day. 1.2-1.5 bags on those RELALY cold nights.

    I also have limited window treatments. I need to get on that. I know i lose a ton of heat through wide open slider doors, and windows with no blinds or anythin on them.
  22. ironpony

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    I have had some of my Somersets for three years now, still doing fine I think as long as they are dry they will last forever.............................
    O.K. on medium one bag a day, high two bags a day
  23. Jasbolto

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    A bag last me between 36 and 40 hours
  24. noremorse63

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    I am wondering what will happen if the stove runs out of pellets? Will it simply shutdown with an error code or would I be risking damaging it? I have a Mt Vernon AE--1st year and it is running on Sunflower seed mode, HIGH (awesome heat). I top it off before going to bed, but it is is super cold it may run all night. Oh as for pellets I am using Power Pellets.
  25. tsmith

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    On sunflower seed mode, you will go through pellets, I believe that setting has the fastest feed rate on the AE, that is why you get such a big flame and lots of heat from it. Just letting you know to be prepared to burn through them.

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