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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. noremorse63

    noremorse63 New Member

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    I have had it in Sunflower mode for weeks now and no issues, just going thru the pellets, but I think the heat is worth it. I will switch to a wood pellet setting and see how long the hopper stay full and if there is that much heat loss.

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  2. Hellfire

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    It`s the length and size that make that fire rise--- ;lol
  3. DneprDave

    DneprDave Burning Hunk

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    Lately I'm using 1/2 a bag a day. It keeps things around 65 degrees F, I shut the stove down at night.
    When the outside temperatures are in the 30s or lower, I run the stove 24 hours a day and use a bag a day.

    Last year was my first year with a pellet stove, I use it to supplement my oil furnace. I used about half the oil I normally used in a year and saved a few hundred dollars in heating costs.

    Dave
  4. rona

    rona Feeling the Heat

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    The AE is made to cycle off and on so no damage will be done
  5. flynfrfun

    flynfrfun Minister of Fire

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    To answer the original question...not long enough!;)

    Seriously...my M55 uses approx. 3.5-4lbs/hr on medium (3 of 5). If I run it on medium non-stop I get about 10-11hrs out of a bag. But, I have never needed to run it that hard.
  6. thedak

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    Harman XXV - Stove Temp 1

    18-19 hours
  7. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Most will just shut down, and turn off. If you do't have outside air installed, you might get a little smoke.
    Outside air and some vertical component to the exhaust venting are good prevention from getting smoke when the stove runs out of pellets, or for loss of power.
  8. Melissa220

    Melissa220 Feeling the Heat

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    From my understanding you shouldn't get smoke in the house from running out of pellets . you still have power to the unit so all the fans should continue to run until the stove has reached cool down. The only time u might get smoke in the house is with loss of power when the fan cannot operate.
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  9. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Well actually while you shouldn't get any smoke out when a stove runs out of pellets and shuts down there is a way it can happen but it depends upon your venting, the particular stove model, and other things that may be running in your house, etc....
  10. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    with an OAK, you shouldn't ever.

    without one, once the vac is lost, the remaning smoke can sort of back feed out the intake pipe, and that's what you end up smelling.
    at least that's been my experience, which may be completely wrong :X
  11. Melissa220

    Melissa220 Feeling the Heat

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    Ah. Thank you Smokey. Still learning something new!
  12. DneprDave

    DneprDave Burning Hunk

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    I think it depends on your stove's exhaust piping. My stove has eight feet of 3" stove pipe that runs vertically from the back of the stove, through a clean out tee, right through the roof. I have no OAK.

    I never smell smoke inside the house, from the pellet stove.

    Dave
  13. valentine92

    valentine92 Member

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    one bag of Hammer Hot Ones will last approx 18-20 Stove Temp 1 in our Harman Accentra FS
  14. Hellfire

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    You will wakeup freezing your butt off .
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  15. tjnamtiw

    tjnamtiw Minister of Fire

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    To answer the original question, a bag will last until you have used up the 350,000 btu's approx. in a bag. That's the bottom line. It all depends on your situation and what you are trying to heat. Figure how many btu's of your original heat source you use to stay comfortable and multiply by the efficiency of your original heat source.
  16. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Or whatever is not under the covers.
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  17. SmokeEater

    SmokeEater Feeling the Heat

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    So far the temps here in NNY have been downright cool for this time of year. I'm heating 2 floors and the basement, about 2800 sq. ft. and using 2 1/2 bags per day. We've had many nights with temperatures in the low teens.
  18. jjs777_fzr

    jjs777_fzr Feeling the Heat

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    For the past week we've seen temps around 30F at night and warming up to the 40's during the day. This wknd should reach near 50. However my last bag lasted over 25hrs at which time I went to bed. My hopper holds 40lbs and I was usign DryCreek pellets in the englander - on heat-blower running a constant 1-1 and 3-2-1 on the bottom config. This is the first time I've gone anywhere near over 24hrs thx to reading posts about the LFF 3-2-1 setting.
  19. kenstogie

    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    i have a splitlevel ranch and keep my pellet stove one 1-5 depending and i burn a bag 12-20 hrs. just a guess but is pretty close. it doesnt really ever grt my house up to temp but it basically prevents my oil furnance from ever kicking on 70% of thetime. this is just a SWAG. (sophisticated wild a$$ guess)
  20. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    Depends on outside air temp, sometimes a week, other times 1 day.
  21. chuckster

    chuckster Burning Hunk

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    Running my Harman XXV on room temp set at 70 degrees I average about two bags a day.
  22. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Shy of a bag currently, waiting for some cold weather to keep the stove on to get my slab up to heat. First real cold to hit here this Sunday.
  23. tlc1976

    tlc1976 New Member

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    Normal use for the stove is a bag in 20 hours on the lowest heat range. And with daytime outside temps in the 30s and 40s, we got cooked out even with the windows and door open.

    Since the thermostat she used 3 bags in 2 weeks. Set to 70s in the evening and day when she is there, 60s at night and when gone during the day. Don't know what she used this past week but has to be something similar.

    Really curious to see the use when real winter arrives.
  24. Hellfire

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    Another thing to add to this topic is whether or not people use their stove as a supplement or straight up exclusive heat source?

    Not sure if people mentioned this before?

    Myself ,i use it exclusively (the only heat source) & use about 1-2 bags avg. a day
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