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Typical mid winter supply

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Skinn, Oct 18, 2008.

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  1. Skinn

    Skinn Member

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    As I stated in the "Hows Your Tonnage" thread I have 3 tons waiting to burn. The amounts that some of you have stockpiled have me worried. I was hoping 3 would be plenty but if not I was wondering in the past how has been the supply in mid to late winter. I don't mind getting more in late season if needed but are they going to be available? My supplier estimates that based on my house, stove and our climate I should use 2.5-3 ton so that is what I used to base my supply on. I also burn wood but wont be using as much this year as in the past. Oh yeah in case it wasn't obvious this is my first year heating with pellets!

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  2. Bxpellet

    Bxpellet Feeling the Heat

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    Last year was my first year burning, I went through 3 tons by April, then I picked up 10 bags that lasted me for the month of April, this year I have 3 1/2 tons I burn 24/7 on room temp mode, last year it as a mild winter in the NYC area, and I use the stove to supplement my FHA system. You can always pick up more if you need it.
  3. kast

    kast New Member

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    It really depends on your house. I have 1100 SQ feet and I have 2 tons and will go through about 3. (Which I will buy loose as I go) so depends how big, old, and/or drafty your house is.

    I have a digital thermostat on the second floor (zone 2) that kicks on for two hours total a day. (if needed) So at 5:30 - 6:30am before we need to get out of bed and at 7-8PM before we put the kids to bed. With this setup I close the doors off to the upstairs during the day, so I'm not heating the second floor when no one is up there (heating with stove) then at night I leave them open (just bedrooms on 2nd fl)

    I also use a digital thermostat downstairs (zone 1) for the days when I won’t need the stove on while I'm gone. I have it configured to kick on at 4:30-5:30PM before I get home to take the chill out of the house then I will turn the stove on right when I get in.
    I use my Stove for offsetting costs and with this setup it works. This also allows me not to have to burn my stove 24/7 all the time, and with using next to no oil!
  4. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    There will be plenty mid season available. As for tonnage....depends on your house....
  5. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Being your first season it will be difficult for you to know exactly how
    much you need. Too many variables.
    3 ton is about average.

    Hopefully the demand will slow down a little by mid winter as
    many have already placed their orders for the season.
  6. Skinn

    Skinn Member

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    Yeah I know that the exact usage will be hard to predict especially as I will still use wood some, I am more worried about being able to find pellets in say March or so if I need to. If I can't find any then I will just turn on the furnace or burn more wood so I am more wondering what past seasons have been like finding supply mid season.
  7. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    Last March I had no problem at all finding pellets.....and all indications is it will be that way next March as well. :)
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