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how much are you burning

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by rmcgr8one, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. rmcgr8one

    rmcgr8one New Member

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    I just got my stove a week ago and was wondering how much you are burning. I live in a older house but am only. heating a smaller area of 900 squars feet. Lately it has been in the 20s at night and 30s during the day. I know that my house is not the best when it comes to insula
    tion. I am running the stove on auto with the blower low and temperture around 68 and going though 2 bags a day Running 24/7 . Is something wrong here?

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  2. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Most likely you have already determined the cause of poor heating....."I know that my house is not the best when it comes to insulation."

    However, since you haven't told us what stove you have or what pellets you're burning, hard for us to come up w/ any other reasons.

    It helps if you put your stove info into your signature line, or even in the thread title.
  3. rmcgr8one

    rmcgr8one New Member

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    Harman p35i and am buring GS until my Vermonts show up.
  4. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Do something about that insulation, air leaks, and windows, it will make a huge difference.
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  5. Harman Lover 007

    Harman Lover 007 Minister of Fire

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    If you haven't done it already, click on the link in my signature and read it all. It's great info and a must read for a new Harman owner. We need a little more info. Are you running room temp or stove temp? What do you have the feed rate set to? Set it to 4 and forget it. You say you are running in auto 24/7. Why are you only running the fan on low? If you are using 2 bags a day with the blower on low you might be sending some of that heat right out the exhaust. let us know.
  6. jvanase

    jvanase New Member

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    I have no insights about your Harmon, but to simply answer the original question I've been burning about 2 bags per day here in CT. I'm heating roughly 3600 sq ft in total across 3 floors. So for the space you are heating, 2 bags does sound like a lot.

    It's helpful to compare BTU's to see if it's reasonable. If you were burning fuel oil before, 2 bags is approximately equal to 4.5 gallons of oil, or roughly half of a 275 gallon tank per month. Keep in mind, your furnace (or baseboard or whatever) distributes heat very differently than a pellet stove, so it's not a straight 1:1 comparison.
  7. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    Been burning 1.5 bags a day...heating 2000+ sq feet. Just had some air sealing and insulation done....HUGE difference
  8. Aquion

    Aquion Member

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    I'm heating 1500 square feet or so all on one level. I'm burning one bag a day.
  9. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Ceiling height, heater location etc make a differance too. Just had a minor cold snap, 18 for high, 9 low with some winds over 40 and I went up to 60lbs a day. Stove set to 73, high blower speed,4 for feed.
  10. kinsmanstoves

    kinsmanstoves Minister of Fire

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    Set the thermostat and keep filling the hopper, do not sweat the small stuff. Insulation, sealing windows and doors, and ceiling fans can be your friend or worst enemy if you do not have them.

    Eric
  11. bbfarm

    bbfarm Minister of Fire

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    About 1.5 bags a day.

    Heating about 1900 sq feet, 9' ceilings, 2 story 142 year old farm house.

    We just switched to the good pellets now, so the BTU's will be higher
  12. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Averaging 1 bag a day right now.
  13. ducker

    ducker Feeling the Heat

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    i'm at 1 bag a day. kinda surprised that I'm at that lvl already.
  14. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    About a bag and a half here too! Near 2K sqft. Temps are kept to a toasty 72ºF.
  15. russ79@hotmail.com

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    running around a bag a day maybe a little less. I heat the whole house, about 900 feet. The insulation and windows make a big difference, I spent $1500 on insulation after my first year and cut my usage from 4 ton to 2-2.5 tons a season.
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  16. Hoot23

    Hoot23 Minister of Fire

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    Bag and a half.1900 sq feet. Two floors nice and warm.
  17. jgrz0610

    jgrz0610 Burning Hunk

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    1 1/2 bags per day of box store stuff. 2200 sqf @73 deg. Your usage is high but if it's going out the windows it will be. Do what you can insulation wise, get that plastic stuff for the windows and see if it changes. Good luck.
  18. RWB1

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    2 stoves....1.5 bags a day 24/7 in the basement stove....living room stove approx. 1 bag a week. Temps are low 20's @ night here and the basement stove keeps the house about 70 on low. 2200 sf split level
  19. Curve

    Curve New Member

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    About 1.5 bags per day. Heating about 1,900 sq ft on 2 floors. Not a very well insulated house, so I'm sure I am using more than I need to.
  20. teetah222

    teetah222 Feeling the Heat

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    I'm heating an 1100 sq ft house with about 1 bag per day right now. Temps are averaging 45 degrees outside the last couple of weeks. I don't really think it's that much about the brand of pellets (they help, don't get me wrong), but you can't have 0 insulation and expect not to use up pellets. Case in point, my house was 62 degrees inside when I came home tonight (let the fire go out since it needed cleaning). 3 hours later it's warmed up to about 70 where the stove is. So, for a 900 sq ft house you should be way lower than 1.5 bags a day... :(
  21. TheMightyMoe

    TheMightyMoe Minister of Fire

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    I'm heating 1.8k square feet at -20 to -30 using 2 to 2.5 bags a day. However my home is well insulated, and the flow favors the stove.
  22. midfielder

    midfielder Feeling the Heat

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    Low temps running 15 to 20, highs in the mid to upper 30s; 2k sq. ft. +/-. Keeping house at 70 deg. burning about 1.5 bags/day shoulders. Not into the good stuff yet.
  23. AkOriginal

    AkOriginal New Member

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    Roughly 2 to 2.5 bags a day heating 1300 square feet. I should probably mention that its currently -35 at my house here in Alaska :)
  24. AkOriginal

    AkOriginal New Member

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    My P68 seems to handle it just fine right now but that might be a different story if my wife gets the addition to the house she has been planning!
  25. fmsm

    fmsm Minister of Fire

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    I'm burning a bag to a bag and a half of McFeeters keeping the house (about 1800 sq ft.) at 74 degrees during the day and 68 between 11pm and 4am.
    Way too hot but my mother in law lives with me.

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