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What's An Approximate Number of Tons Use for a Year in the Northeast?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by velvetfoot, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I'm just fooling around with numbers, thinking about a pellet boiler. Since I buy logs, the raw material might be half of pellets. Pellet stoves, and I imagine even more so pellet boilers, get better efficiency than my epa wood insert as well. Never mind the work and expense (gas for instance) of cutting up and spliiting a log truck load. The moving of material around, here to there to there, etc, would be much less. The loads that have to be lifted, though, could be greater or equal with pellets, since you're handling 40 lb bags instead of splits (I try to lift the rounds as little as possible). At the end of their trail, each bag would also have to be lifted up to the hopper next to the boiler. This is neglecting a bulk storage, vacuum transport, etc.

    Anyway, just thinking. Thanks.

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  2. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    Most of my buddies and myself use 4 tons give or take. I always like to finish a year with at least a "ton in the stash," just for mental comfort
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  3. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    Just over 3 here. cold years, 3.5. But, i keep my place much cooler than most at 66.
  4. andyc

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    I am heating a basement of about 800 sqft and about 2700sqft of upstairs ranch with austroflamm integra, 5-7 tons per year for 18 years now.
    Andy
  5. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    Because you are not married , cheap, or an Eskimo?
  6. magsf11

    magsf11 Feeling the Heat

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    useing a bag per day is a good way to figure out how many tons you need. my heating season is from oct 15-april 15. heating around 1400sft single story with avg insulation with house avg temp at 72. go threw 3-3.5 ton a year.
  7. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    last year I burned 4.5 tons - this year probably closer to 5. That's with my stove running 24/7 in Maine. I heat 2000+ sq ft with my stove, which is a 43k btu unit.
  8. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    im not married, but my gf does live with me. We are plenty comfortable at these temps. At night, we drop it back to 63. and we still wake up sweaty half the time.
    i am cheap. but mostly because i'm poor. all my money goes to taxes it seems :p
    i'm not an eskimo. i wish i was so i could try some seal tail and whale meat..... (i love crazy foods)
  9. wil lanfear

    wil lanfear Feeling the Heat

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    For the past 6 years I've burned 8-8.3 ton of pellets per year for heat keeping my 2100 sq. ft. house 70-72* plus DHW all year long ( yes in the non-heating months too). I averaged around 1000 gal of oil per year when I burned oil, keeping the house 66-68*.
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  10. BadDad320

    BadDad320 Feeling the Heat

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    In NW NJ near the Delaware Water Gap..... 2000 sq ft 1876 Victorian.... 10 ft ceilings..... You get the idea..... 5 tons of pellets and 300 gal hho (for some occasional heat but mostly hot water).....
  11. Phil Do's fire.

    Phil Do's fire. Minister of Fire

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    I have a 1900 square foot, 4" wall cape in upstate NY. When I had my Whitfield and QuadraFire I would use between 2-2 1/2 tons. Now that I changed stoves to an ultra efficient european model, I will be just over a ton. Hope this helps;)
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  12. flybmw02

    flybmw02 Member

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    I have burned 147 bags so far my house is nice and warm 66 in basement 73 first and second story from my modified Englander pdv stove its really a furnace it has a filtered return from the second floor. I like this stove it has a great control board very adjustable.
  13. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Wow, that's great.
  14. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Average is 5 tons plus 50 gallons of oil. I have burned 6 tons, like two years ago. I would burn more if I could get my stove to take them. Any time 20 f or higher, no furnace assist. My wife wants the home temp up in the mid 70's. about 2200 sq ft.
    We stay warmer with pellets than we would if we had to use just oil. Common theme around here.
  15. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Just under 2k sqft and I average 175 bags per season. Temps kept @72 to 74ºF
  16. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    3 tons house approx. 2,400 sq. ft. Shop 1 ton. I also gauge a bag a day for the house during the heating season.:cool:
  17. jeffd3889

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    Upstate NY - 1700 SQ FT. Tri-level split with the Summers Heat 55 in the lower level,
    3 tons Cubex and NEWP to keep the house around 68-70f, sound like you should budget 4 or 5 tons to be safe.
  18. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    Many good responses here about the amount of pellets.

    I will chime in on the thought of a boiler. IMHO, good direction to look at. If I had it to do again, would have gone that route for even heating.
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  19. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Way too many variables to make a guess on what you will go through for the whole season.
    4 ton is probably a good baseline to start with.
  20. DV

    DV Feeling the Heat

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    I burned 2 1/2 tons so far. I'm not in the northeast though. But I am heating 3k plus square feet.
  21. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    I'm in the northeast and heating over 1800 square feet on two floors and you can see the variation in my signature. I'm getting ready to toss bag number 190 in the hopper for this season. It should be under 4.5 tons as things are warming up and I'll put the stove in on/off mode on the t-stat or it will be turned off for long periods of time like at the first part of the season.
  22. keithb

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    Just 7 bags short of three tons of PA Pellets. Scored two tons of Summersets at Lowes today. Avrg. just under 4 tons a year. This year looking real good. 1900 square ft Cape built in the 30's.
  23. movemaine

    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    I burnt 4.5 tons last year, and probably a little over this year - Maine at 2000+ sq ft.
  24. MikeinRI

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    2 bags everyday if it's below 38, 1.333 bags when its 40-45 and 1 bag low 50/s. Livingroom where stove is 73-77. all other first floor rooms 69-73. second floor rooms 66-68. even when its zero out.. a real windy 10 degree day stove works harder than a calm -4 night..
  25. RCCARPS

    RCCARPS New Member

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    Southeastern PA. On pace to burn 4-4.5 tons. 3,300 sqft open floor plan new construction (2002). Keeps the main floor 68-69 and the master bedroom (furthest from the insert) around 66. Will use around 100-150 gallons of propane this winter which is mostly for hot water and minimal heat as the thermostats come up to temps before I get home. Last winter used about 1,000-1,200 gallons of propane.

    Can't wait till this summer when I complete finishing my basement and add a freestanding stove down there...... Soon to be a Basement Dweller!!

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