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How many people use their pellet stove to heat their entire house....honestly?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Turbo-Quad, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. magsf11

    magsf11 Feeling the Heat

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    i heat my 1600+ house only by the stove. I use about a bag a day to keep it at 73. in jan-feb when most people are geting gas bill of $300 my bill is around $35 and some times i even recive a bill if $0.

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  2. pelletizer

    pelletizer Minister of Fire

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    I am pretty much in line with magssf11 1600 sf home. my home is pretty open so heat moves around very well.
    It's not just heating your whole house, it's heating your whole house nice and toasty warm Not 65 or 68 to conserve oil, To match the warmth easily put out by the pellet stove with FHW oil would cost a lot.
  3. Salty

    Salty Minister of Fire

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    I have the same scenario and same results. This winter the insert did 99% of the heating. Still had to use the oil for the addition that has the family room but it even held that at 64 all winter.

  4. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Member

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    The only thing we use the Plus 90 for is to circulate thye air in our 2 story 100 plus year old T Farmhouse. The appliance in the living room heats the entire house to a comfortable 70 degrees with the Plus 90's blower regulated by a LUX Clean Cycle Thermostat. The LUX is the best investment you can make for air circulation under 50 bucks.
  5. deadeye316

    deadeye316 New Member

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    I have a 3 year old 2000 sq ft colonial. I heat the whole house with my Enviro Omega. This was a great winter and only ended up going through about 3 ton that I bought at lowes for dirt cheap. I have it on Hi/low on a thermostat most of the time. I keep the downstairs around 73 and the heat moves through the house pretty good and keeps the upstairs about 67-69.
  6. Snowy Rivers

    Snowy Rivers Minister of Fire

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    Even with spring here, the weather has been COLD, WET, WINDY and what I thought was going to be the end of major stove season has turned out to be alltogether different.

    We have had a few nights in the last week that I have run two stoves on low to keep the place comfy.

    Being spread out over a wide area, our house is a little tougher to heat than a up/down type structure.

    The changes we made in our stoves this winter were well worth the time and effort.

    Added a little Whitfield Prodigy in the living room and then swapped out the old Earthstove for a Whitfield advantage in the family room.

    Sitting the Advantage up on a 12" high raised hearth and sitting the stove on an angle in the corner changed the airflow pattern through the room and made a big difference in how things warm up.

    Pretty well into the groove now and operations have settled into a well honed routine.

    On cool but not cold days, we will run the Prodigy during the day to keep the house at about 65F while we are at work.

    The little stove uses a very small amount of fuel.

    As soon as we get home, I fire off the Advantage and within 30 minutes the house is back up to 70F and then if the outside temp is over 40 we shut the little stove off for the night.

    Fine juggling act but works real well.


    My opinion is pretty simple when it comes to pellet stoves.

    They are a wonderful heating appliance but you have to want to participate in the home heating program.
    If you do not desire to be involved somewhat, other than paying the heat bill every month then probably a pellet stove is not the answer.

    Morning and night around here will have something going on involving the stoves.
    Either screening a few buckets of shells (make sure there are no sticks or other stuff that can jam the auger) or cleaning a stove.

    Shutting down one stove and starting another (depending on the weather)

    I love it. Its a little bit like long ago, when our ancestors had to tend the fire to keep the cabin warm.

    Personally I like winter better than summer. Summer costs me far more with running the AC than winter does running the stoves.


    Gotta love them pellet stoves.

    Snowy
  7. rowerwet

    rowerwet Minister of Fire

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    I do! but a 175k btu pellet boiler should be able to heat 2500 sq ft easily.
  8. zrtmatos

    zrtmatos Member

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    I am able to heat a 1700 sq ft colonial with a 2008 Lopi Leyden. I have yet to put it up past the 4 mark at night. Usually the temp downstairs varies from 78 from the family room where the stove resides to 74 where the living room is on the opposite side of the house. In between the two rooms is a very large kitchen and a half bath. Upstairs are three bedrooms and 1 and 1/2 baths. Keeping the bedroom doors open keeps the heat circulating in there. Temps range from 65-68 degrees. Good for sleeping.
  9. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    1200 sq with a CB1200i and I am toasty warm on both floors. Stove runs on med only and cycles on and off frequently even on cold nights. Below 10 degrees stove will stay running without cycle.
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  10. AkOriginal

    AkOriginal New Member

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    I heat my 1300 square foot house here in alaska with my P68. It has never run wide open even at -50. My boiler has been shut off since September and I keep my house at 72 with my stove :)
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  11. DneprDave

    DneprDave Burning Hunk

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    Nope, I got my stove primarily to heat a 400 square foot enclosed porch that was unusable in the winter due to the cold. It does augment the oil burner because I now leave the door to the porch open. I burned about 200 gallons less oil last year with the pellet stove, than I did the year before.

    Dave
  12. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    3 years old thread here guys...
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  13. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    My house is 2400 sq ft, and I heat about 2000 sq ft of it with a 42,000 btu Harman Accentra insert.

    As for your stove, there are a lot of factors that go into how much space you can heat.

    In my home, we have a finished play space in the attic that isn't well insulated, so we keep that area closed off - otherwise, I would have a hard time heating my space with the stove.

    But, if you follow the link below in my signature, you'll see the temperature spread across my space. To keep the back bedrooms at 69-70 when it's 20 degrees outside - the areas near my stove are 73-76 to maintain the heat flow and regulate against the heat loss.
  14. StormPanic

    StormPanic Member

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    My GF55 basement install heats around 75% of my 2200 SF split entry. I installed the stove to offset my oil costs (not eliminate them altogether).
  15. zrtmatos

    zrtmatos Member

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    Yeah, and your point?
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  16. Yes, the WHOLE house. Honestly.
  17. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Threaten to run around naked, It worked for me! ==c :p
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  18. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    The whole house and a some perimeter around it. I swear we live in barn.
    Getting to 80 deg is easy, pretty sure I could hit 100 no problem.
  19. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    75% i need to keep the downstairs running on really cold days to keep the pipes in the garage from freezing .

    everyone's situation is different . the one common factor is that we're all saving bunches of money and hopefully having fun doing it :)
  20. imacman

    imacman Guest

    As in, you get the privilege of sleeping on it for a few nights? ;lol
  21. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    works for me . my sofa is 3 ft from the stove and 8 from the tv and 15 from the fridge . happy camper :)
  22. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    I heat my whole 2100+ sq feet with my pellet




















    boiler :p
  23. Northwoodneil

    Northwoodneil Feeling the Heat

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    1900 sqf raised ranch log cabin. Attic is packed with insulation. I only bump the oil on to heat the outlaying corners (back bedroom) when it gets below zero and thats only for about 10 minutes. 82 downstairs 74 upstairs when it's cold (15 degrees or less), otherwise it's 80 downstrairs and 74 upstairs when it's above 15.
  24. DOLLARBILL

    DOLLARBILL Member

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    every day all winter long :)
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  25. Hoot23

    Hoot23 Minister of Fire

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    We heat a 2000 sq foot colonial with 61,000 btu's. Works quite well. Works even better when the kids shut the bathroom door at the top of the steps at night. The oil only heats hot water. A 100 gallons of oil last about 8 months for us. Family of 4.

    The downstairs stays at 75. Upstairs is 70-71.

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