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  1. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    I live in ny and wonder about how much pellets to store i have a 1800 sqaure foot ranch and insulation is average I will probably start the stove around november and and run for say 4 months i know there are alot of variables that will effect the amount but looking to get a general idea i currently have 1 ton but know that is not enough looking to get another ton delivered. should 2 tons be enough or 3 thanks

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  2. Millsk

    Millsk Member

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    4 tons. I have a 2000 sf house in CT. Different stove but i burnt 4 tons last year.
  3. PJPellet

    PJPellet Minister of Fire

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    IMO three tons minimum and I personally would go with four tons if you have the storage space.
  4. BradH70

    BradH70 Feeling the Heat

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    Asking how many tons of pellets are required to heat a house is like asking a financial adviser how much money you will need to retire.

    There are a lot if variables to consider:
    How much can you store at a time.
    Climate.
    How warm you plan to keep your house.
    Is the stove primary heat.
    Will it run 24/7.
    Type of pellets.......

    Some people use only 1 or 2 tons, some people use as many as 6 or 7 or more.

    It is always better to have more then you think you will need. You definitely will not find any pellet deals mid March if you run out.

    I used 4 tons last season but stocked up with 6 tons for this season just in case it gets extra cold and if I have pellets left over at the end of the season they will just get added to the 6 tons for the following season.
  5. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    I have a 2,000 sq ft split entry home and use 3 tons in plus or minus in a winter. So I suspect you need 2 more tons to be sure.
  6. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Average usage is 3 tons. Get 4 to be on the safe side....you can always use them next year if not burned.
  7. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    ok thanks
  8. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Between the P43 & the P61A, we burned just south of 6 tons last winter & that was a mild one. I have 10 tons in queue for this winter & am hoping to make it thru with some leftovers for the next one. Average winters up here cause most folks to burn 3 - 4 Tons...
  9. TheMightyMoe

    TheMightyMoe Minister of Fire

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    Most people say 3-4 tons.

    I went with 5 because we have a long/hard winter up here...

    1800SF / Recent usage / Room temp / 75F / Been 20's to 40's.
    9/29 1 bag
    10/2 1 bag
    10/5 1 bag
  10. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Approx 2K sq-ft here and my usage is under 4 tons. 4 tons is a safe bet...........

    Us pellet pigs just stuff our bunkers to the rafters, You can never have too many pellets! ::-)
  11. silverfox103

    silverfox103 Feeling the Heat

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    More than 3, less than 4.

    Tom C.
  12. jim3854

    jim3854 Member

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    Isnt it always winter up there ?
  13. TheMightyMoe

    TheMightyMoe Minister of Fire

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  14. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    This is from an Oinker with a small bunker, he would really like to be a hog though.

    Now I say if you have room for 6 start there and you'll likely survive the winter even if it is cold and windy with a comfortable surplus.

    But that is just from someone who doesn't want to rely on anyone getting a loaded truck up the driveway when it is covered in snow and ice. My driveway starts going downhill then it goes up hill and takes a fairly sharp right turn below the crest of the hill.
  15. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Between 3 and 4 as noted above.

    Its better to buy now and get a decent deal and have leftovers (cheaper to burn pellets than LP, HHO, Elec, Etc) than to have to buy at an insane price or burn LP, HHO, Elec, Etc....

    If you have the room. Get a couple more. The more you use it, the more money it will save you :)
  16. thedude110

    thedude110 Feeling the Heat

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    Exactly -- better to have 4 tons now than to come up one ton short while it's still heating season.
  17. midfielder

    midfielder Feeling the Heat

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    Ayuh, and here in New Hampshah we get 6 weeks of summah and nine months of dahn poor sleddin'...
  18. kcellwood

    kcellwood Member

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    midfielder, you must be a Mainer to have a accent like that!!!!
  19. silverfox103

    silverfox103 Feeling the Heat

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    Now this is a wise man! He is the tribal elder that you go to when you need advice.

    Tom C.

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