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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. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    you're welcome :D

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  2. Augmister

    Augmister Minister of Fire

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    800 sq foot "house of the future"....lolololololol You guys live in palaces! Got maids and pool boys??? :p
    Good insulation. Electric baseboard heat which is never used. 100% heat via the Castille. I keep it 75-77 ::F because I can do whatever I want and the bill for the house used pellets is under $650 for the winter. No tax on the fuel to boot.... priceless!
  3. SmokeEater

    SmokeEater Feeling the Heat

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    I'm heating over 3000 sq feet of a cape cod, 2000 ft on the main and second floors with radiant on the first only just now. I don't have all of the conduction plates installed yet and have no reflective insulation in the floor joists under the radiant plumbing. My Harman PB 105 has never used more than 4 bags in a 24 hour period, even though the outside temps have been to near -20* F this winter on occasion. The house is on a hill top and surrounded by the largest wind farm in New York State. Needless to say, the winds blow nearly constantly here and the house has some good leaks that need to be repaired. Cellar temps with no insulation are near 80*F with main floor thermostat set at 70. The main floor is often at temps above 70 and just now with outside air at 28 the inside temp is reading 73. I think with the joist insulation in place and cellar thermostat set for 50, I'll cut the pellet usage to a max of 2 to 3 bags per day.
  4. DirtyDave

    DirtyDave Feeling the Heat

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    I heat the entire house with just the pellet stove. 1k vaulted ceilings (20 ft high ) 1100 with standard 9ft ceiling. pellet stove sets on far corner of the Cathedrial side by backyard deck door.
  5. becasunshine

    becasunshine Feeling the Heat

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    Yup. 1420 sq ft circa 1958/1959 brick and block bungalow with authentic brick over/anchored into cinderblock walls, no insulation, mostly plaster on the inside. Augmenting the attic insulation helped immensely. The house had replacement thermal windows when we purchased it. We've had cell shades installed and we also have thermal curtain panels over the cell shades in several rooms. Just recently we discovered that putting child safety outlet covers in the unused outlets on exterior walls noticeably reduces cold drafts... why did it take us so long to figure that one out? But yes, we do heat the entire house with the pellet stove. Outside temperature, 33'F. Inside temperature per the HVAC thermostat in the hallway, 71'F.
  6. saladdin

    saladdin Feeling the Heat

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    Kinda hard to compare. I live in The Great State of Tennessee and our winters are not as bad. I've probably went through 35 bags so far, last year went through 75 total. This winter, I swear it was 70 christmas day.

    I can't run mine 24/7, it'd burn me up. I run it on med with a stat set to 2 degree swing.

    I'd be more concerned if time between cycling was short, not how many times. The ignitor will die sooner or later that's why I keep an eye on ebay and found a backup pretty cheap.
  7. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    925 sq. ft single story. lower northern maine.
    4.5 tons last year with an unwrapped shake sided slat walled house.
    this year it's wrapped and fully vinyl sided. and we added more insulation in the attic.
    and did a lot more work on infiltration.

    o.a.k.d up midway through last winter.
    but we did just fine. it was fairly mild for this area last year.

    no problems heating the whole place after i perfected my secondary distribution technique.
    getting the back bedroom properly heated without having a supernova in the stove room was kind of tricky at first.

    i have the luxury of finding how low i can set the feed rate and still maintain status quo on the coldest nights.
    just tonight i'm trying out my softwoods for the very first time.

    even when we lived in portland oregon, i remember being cold waiting for the blasts of heat from the forced air oil furnace.
    never again.
  8. thro9

    thro9 New Member

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    I just purchased a Harman Hydroflex 60 boiler and am looking for anyone who also has this boiler to share ideas on it's functionality. I'm using it as a primary heat source with an oil backup. I've been trying different pellets and different feed rates to keep it at it's highest efficiency but am still using more pellets then I originally thought I would. Thoughts please. Thanks.
  9. DemonGT

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    Our house is 5 years old, 2800 sq. ft.

    We are using our stove for 100% of our heat since mid Dec. I got a late start due to some exhaust issue's i was having that need to be taken care of. Been using the stove 24/7 with only a hour shut down once a week for cleaning. Keeps the main level between 71-74 on a Tstat, upper lever stays 66-68.
  10. Nuwave

    Nuwave New Member

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    From they way the seller talke I thought I would be able to run this on low and burn less pellets to heat my little house. Turns out I'm blazing on high the whole time I'm home.

    I'm new here but I'll add my name to the list. I heat a 2600 sq. ft. home built in 1890. We've done up grades but you can only do so much with old construction. You say you run it "whole time I'm home". In the dead of winter here (Dec. - Feb.) we run our Revolution furnace on manual and never turn it down unless I clean it. I just adjust the programs and heat level depending on outside temp. The trick is to get the house the way you like it and leave it that way. Even cinder block will warm up (some) eventually. Good luck!
  11. Trefix

    Trefix New Member

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    Hello.

    Same question on french fora...

    And all pellet stove owners DO (66~75°F), after a few months testing... But here we've got Gulf Stream and low square-feet houses, with (at least) medium insulation...

    Au revoir.




    PS : I'd post my Harman's settings >here<, for a 990 square-feet old village-stonned house (a Café-Drugstore, built in 1880s).
  12. Flower

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    It only heats my house is if it's above 40 outside. Once it drops below that I need the furnace. Once it goes below 20 it only stays as warm as the temp on the thermostat which is usually set at 58. But obviously it's the house's fault, not the stove's. It's ancient and it needs a lot more insulation than the recommended R-13 & 19. That being said, I'm putting a coal stove in soon. I want more heat options so I can choose which to use based on the weather.
  13. howardvw

    howardvw New Member

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    ouch it was cold here northern vt, about 10 to 15 below.
    pelpro home shop heater was on feed rate 3 all night, temp in house was around 57 thru 60. i woke up to 57 , and now daytime temp is 10 and its about 64 in house on feed rate 2. 1200 sf.
    the only issue i can compain about is i wish the fan speed was higher, to move the warm air around better. the back rooms of my house, furthest away from the stove, through 2 walls and a hallway right now temps are 56. near the stove rooms are 65 ish.
    tonight, same temps expected 15 below ill go for feed rate 4 and see if i can break the 60 barrier...woo hoo...
    if i had another stove it would be a pelpro(same model) and i would run this second one through the night.
  14. Trefix

    Trefix New Member

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    15 bellow ? Brrrr... !!!

    You need higher temp setting and feed rate !
  15. howardvw

    howardvw New Member

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    i agree, but im getting pretty good output, almost 70 degrees and the real tough degrees too, from 30 to 100 is easy compared to the lower temps.
    supposedly my convection fan is 256 cfm, exhaust fan is ???. i need about a 400 or so my guess.
    im using curran pellets, i swear by em too. about 80/20 ive heard, hardwood. way more heat than lowes/depot with less ash. -though, i see now my depot is carrying same pellets repackaged, the bag has the same address as curran, the pellets look the same, but the bag has a different logo and company on it, 20 cheaper than what im paying.
    last year i used about 3 pallets, i might touch the 4 pallets this year. im 1/4 thru my 3rd pallet now.
    im 99 percent sure, ill be using this exact model for a custom forced air furnace system, in the next couple years. ive been doing my homework and the specs are hard to touch with the price/value, user controls and parts replacement easy swap. ill be cutting the front off and making a custom trunk for the tin sold off the shelves at depot/lowes. then pipe it to the airvents in the floor and up a wall into the second floor, with dampers, and smaller pickup fans, just a typical forced air furnace but use the pellet stove as the unit. with big secondary hopper for feeding the unit. i bet they have em in your country more than ours..
    the one i have now only goes off for about 30 mins on the weekend when i clean it out, otherwise its always on, no thermostat.
  16. Trefix

    Trefix New Member

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    Air cooled engine is the best, for you, too :cool:

    :aloha:
  17. howardvw

    howardvw New Member

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    i think youve figured me out, im one of those weirdo air cooled vw guys, who for some reason are extremely loyal to them and have multiples and of course are easily fixable.
    i feel this stove i have -this pelpro might be a equivalent.... i dont find many people talking about them, a few here and there but hard to find when searching the classifieds.

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