That's true. It really depends on your options, what fuel you use. But I imagine some people in the Northeast US with oil boilers and pellets stoves are ditching the pellets. Or people moving into homes with both, don't see the need for the pellet stove.Still relying on our pellet stove as the fuel situation in Ontario is stupid (road taxes and carbon taxes plus captive audiences on refineries and they rotate shut down in the summer so prices are higher). Not sure on heating fuel so using gas for the comparator: International Falls = $2.97/gallon Cdn vs Fort Frances $4.12 Cdn. Comparing Manitoba costs to Ontario per liter: $ 0.85 vs. $1.09
There doesn't appear to be many used stoves in my area ... a superior option to electric heat and a whole lot easier than a woodstove!I've sold quite a few refurbished stoves this summer no problem granted the stuff I sell is usually under 1000$ so it goes quickly
X2I groan about the high cost of pellets often enough but I continue to burn them in my finished basement install. (approx 4 tons) I spend my evenings down there and it`s rather comfy plus the excess heat is vented upstairs . Last year I burned only 300 gals of oil , mostly for hot water. Total heated area is about 2400 sq ft.
Enviros are good. Their dealer support can be exasperating if you bought from a bad dealer, but parts and know-how are plenty.Enviro Meridan-1. I told him I'd check it out for him, cleaning, operation etc. I'm pretty limited as far as other stoves go, but I know more then him I guess!
Did you download a copy of the Enviro Tech Service Manual for him?Enviro Meridan-1. I told him I'd check it out for him, cleaning, operation etc. I'm pretty limited as far as other stoves go, but I know more then him I guess!
I don't think the pellet market or pellet greed has anything to do with it. Pellet prices have been fairly stable around here for years. Likely more like the cycle of big stove sales when oil was up, is now reversing itself now that oil has been down (relatively) for a season or two now................in the western mass area. No doubt due to the high costs / greediness (?) of the pellet market. I`d hate to be in the business of selling new pellet stoves.
Seems to be a revolving cycle of which is the favoured energy source. Once upon a time electric was the cheaper option for hot water/heat in Ontario ... really sad when they sell it cheaper to the border states than in Ontario.I don't think the pellet market or pellet greed has anything to do with it. Pellet prices have been fairly stable around here for years. Likely more like the cycle of big stove sales when oil was up, is now reversing itself now that oil has been down (relatively) for a season or two now.
I am just going into my second full season with a pellet stove. Have been firing logs for over 30 years. The wife and I love solid fuel for heat. Wood has always been mostly free with a lot of work. I'm kind of on the fence about pellets for the long haul. If oil prices stay low here in New England for the long term, I suspect pellet sales will continually fall off, which I believe will limit their availability and keep prices higher in the long term. Less manufactures and they will become more of a boutique commodity versus a mainstream fuel. Just a theory I hope does not come to fruition. I hope oil flows and stays low for the sake of our economy, but I hope pellets can stay reasonable and available to make the a reasonable option. Never get tired of watching the flames.The price I pay for pellets here in maine has been pretty stable for the last few years. This will be my third year paying 235 a ton.