1 ton pellets = 1.5 cord of wood? Where did they come up with this?

turbotech Posted By turbotech, Jan 24, 2011 at 7:08 PM

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  1. briansol

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Jan 18, 2009
    central ct
    In an ideal world, we would all have a wood stove for those bursts of huge heat, a pellet stove for ease of use and daily constant temp burning, and an oil, propane, nat gas tri-carb furnace with 3 tanks so we could use whatever is cheapest that week to suppliment on top of our windmills, solar panels, and hamster wheel generators powered by zombies.
  2. Shaw520

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Oct 15, 2012
    ...and if all that isnt enough,.. no one has mentioned the ease of start up
    Wood Stove: gather kindling (hope its dry)... crumple paper,... warm the flue,.. wait for draw,... slowly ad appropriate sizes pcs of wood to gain enough coals to cruise.
    Pellet stove: pour bag in, push button.
  3. Kosmik

    Member 2.

    Nov 9, 2013
    7200 ft, CO
    Well, I think stove efficiency comes into play. If you have a P68, then yeah, it'll be burning efficient as hell from what I understand (reading reviews)...Now if you burn a 20 yr old Quadrafire? Not so in my experience.
    I get pine off public lands for $10 cord permit (Yeah, Colorado.)
    So I switched to wood. I'll find out what the difference is as the house took about 3 pallets (60 bag pallet), of Heartland pellets to heat last year.
    It's all pine (lodgepole) out here for the most part, so pretty close on the BTU from the charts I've seen.
    New stove is rated 75% efficient and 70K btu versus the Quad at listed 40k in the manual (vary with pellets, but I had to assume they found at least decently burning hot for testing).
    I hoping to be able to keep the house in the low 70s mid winter, fingers crossed.
    But I'm sure I'll have to burn a variety of stuff for kicks.
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