I buy my pellets a season in advance. If I were to buy pellets this spring, they would be fore the 2017 - 2018 winter season. Due to the mild winter we've had here in the northeast, I still have enough pellets to last the next 1 1/2 seasons at least.
I just bought 200 gallons of oil for only...
It's just not economical to buy pellets right now. Pellet prices have spiked over the last couple of years while oil prices have crashed. Most decent pellets cost northward of $300 per ton while heating oil is down around $1.50 per gallon. This has got to be putting the brakes on pellet sales. I...
I don't mind paying a premium for pellet heat but not when that premium is nearly 3x the cost of oil. I know that it won't be this way forever. I'll be more than happy to replenish the pellet stash when cost is not quite so skewed in favor of oil.
I have enough pellets on hand to get me through at least the next 1 1/2 seasons. So I'll still be burning pellets until at least half way through the 2017 - 2018 winter. I will be watching oil and pellet prices carefully.
As much as I love my pellet stove, I've decided not to buy pellets this year. With oil being so cheap, it will once again become my primary heat source once my current pellet stash has been exhausted. I will keep a few bags on hand in case I want a fire for a special occasion.
Most stoves have a switch under the hopper that will shut the auger off when the lid is opened. Keeping the lid opened too long should only result in the stove shutting down as soon as the fire goes out from lack of fuel.
Fill it on up when you need. There's no need to shut down.
Most pellet stoves are designed in such a way that a problem within will usually cause the stove to shutdown. While it is indeed possible that this failure was a random accident, I find it more likely that human error was involved.