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Pellet insert, is is the right choice?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Ty Grant, Nov 21, 2006.

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  1. Ty Grant

    Ty Grant New Member

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    Hi I would like to replace my gas log insert with a pellet insert, to help save on the gas bill. I don't have any experience with pellet stoves but have been told that it will cost around $2 a day, is that in the ball park?
    I want reliability,and as long as possible between adding pellets
    What else do I need to know about pellet stoves? What are the top brands,models?
    Thanks Ty

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  2. DonCT

    DonCT Minister of Fire

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    The amount of pellets will depend on several factors.

    What part of the country are you located?
  3. Ty Grant

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    Hi I live in Utah, but I drive past Evanston Wyo. on my way home from my cabin, and can buy pellets direct from a mill there that is the main supplier in this area so the price is pretty good. Ty
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Hi Ty. What price are they asking for pellets purchased by the ton? The amount of pellets you use will depend on a lot of factors such as outside temps, house insulation, size of area heated, etc. I'd figure a minimum of a bag a day. But it could be as high as 2 bags a day in your cold climate. You may get a better bang for your buck by switching to a more efficient gas insert. What do you have installed now? If you have a picture, go ahead and post it.
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    I have 2 Napoleon inserts, one upstairs one down ,they are about 12 years old and is 80% effic. . But with the gas prices going thru the roof, a pellet insert down stairs should pay for its self in just a few years if what I've been told is true.
    Ty
  6. HarryBack

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    2 bucks a day? No. Thats low in your area of the world.
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    iceman Minister of Fire

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    HHHHAAAAA hahahahaha you are right I wish I could have that choice!!!! Of getting cheap pellets!! right now its cheaper for me to use gas than oil and pellets plus electricity it all averages out over here with these prices!!
    Harry,

    Your knowledge of harmans seems to be much more than your competitors over there in West Spring...
    I am impressed... I won't be dealing with those guys in in west spring .... for you have more knowledge GOOD JOB KEEP IT UP:)
  8. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy Minister of Fire

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    Is gas that much more in Utah? we are sitting on .50/therm nat gas here in colorado. Thats almost free.
    Pellet stoves are to much maintenance for my taste, plus there expensive to run here. If i had natural gas, i would be burning it.
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    Mums the word, iceman, just keep it quiet!
  10. iceman

    iceman Minister of Fire

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    Sorry can't do it.... Gotta tell everyone how much you know.... and I thought (me and some friends) that you just started carrying harmans..
    By the way, that was a nice ad you ran in the paper say a month or so ago
    I think i am gonna make the trip out there and buy some pellets or something
  11. HarryBack

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    Actually been carrying them longer than he has. I dont know that we are more knowledgeable than our competition...we try not to step on each others' feet, but its tough in our heavily populated area not to overlap. Sometimes its just a matter of the salesperson or techincian.....some are better than others, or their personality coincides with your own better. For instance, if you go into company A, and talk to their worst salesperson or tech, then go into company B and talk to their best one, it doesnt mean one company is better than another, only means that you sopke to the strongest link in one and the weakest link in the other.
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    Wait till you see the new maielr we are sending out! Will be quite interesting to see what comes of it.
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    I don't know what you've been told, but be skeptical. A decent pellet insert installed is going to cost at least $3-3.5K. Pellets are going to run you - I'm guessing here - say $3.50 to $7.00 per day depending on temperature, if you get a good price on pellets.

    I'm not trying to discourage you. We did very well with our pellet stove. Sold it after 5 yrs. and it amply paid itself off. But we had many factors that made the math work such as great price on the stove, self-installed, cheap pellets, rapidly increasing cost of propane and a nice resale price.
  14. iceman

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    when should i be looking for it? black friday??? 50% off lowest price eheheheheehlol
  15. mlouwho

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    You didn't say if you are burning Nat gas or LP, if it is Nat gas, stay with the inserts that you have. Can you buy pellets for $2 a bag? You will most likely go through a t least a bag a day, maybe even 2. Sharpen your pencil & do the math. Someone gave you some bad $$ information.
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