Conversion Pellet to Propane Stove

UpStateNY Posted By UpStateNY, Aug 8, 2017 at 8:52 AM

  1. UpStateNY

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    We like the wood pellet stove in the living room making that part of the house nice 72 to 74 degrees where the bedrooms are cooler. I still have 3 tons of pellets. I just converted my #2 Fuel Oil boiler to propane boiler to heat the house hot water baseboard 2 zone 1 down stair and 1 up stairs.

    So after burning my 3 tons of pellets I was thinking of converting replacing the wood pellet stove in the living room with a propane stove that will look just like a pellet stove but it will burn propane.

    Has anyone else considered doing this?

    The other option is to install a third zone. One for the bedrooms and one for the living, dinning, and kitchen rooms.

    Any advice on which way to go?

    The new propane boiler that was installed is a high efficiency Navien Combi boiler for heat and hot water.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=navien+boiler&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjM7--71sfVAhWDMSYKHansDjwQ_AUICygC&biw=1214&bih=868#imgrc=LAnPSU813jJzRM:
     
  2. johneh

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    I have a friend that did what you are thinking about .
    He went back to pellets said the heat was not the same
    He also missed the work involved in maintaining a fire
    and keeping his family warm .
     
  3. UpStateNY

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    Interesting. I can see that happening. Your right, I do enjoy the wood fire in the living room. My Harman wood pellet stove has been good to us for 10 years. Only replacement part was the starter. Knock on wood. There is something to be said if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    My first house was a ranch and I heated the house with free fire wood for 5 years. I did enjoy the whole wood thing. We had a lot of apple orchards in the area. I would see a farmer that had bulldozed down his apple trees laying on the ground. Before the farmer burred the trees, I would ask if I could get the apple wood. The farmers were more than happy me taking the wood because it was less work for them to clear the field and replant new apple trees. Did the same for a forest being converted to vineyard. Apple wood burned and smelled nice.
     
  4. Bioburner

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    I found a little Dovre gas stove that was the same as the one I have in my living room for my Mother and installed it alongside the Magnum they had been using for many years. She loves it and the cast iron body gives off a nice heat with a fan to help raise its effectiveness. Then Magnum now gets used when things get very colder. Flip of the thermostat and its going and no weekly cleaning of the Magnum
     
  5. maple1

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    Likely depends on why exactly you are wanting to switch to LP.

    Personally, I would add a zone so you can heat your whole house with your new boiler, and leave the pellet stove as-is in case you still wanted to burn pellets in the future. Then you are keeping your options open.

    I would likely add a zone no matter what.

    But if you are sure you don't want to burn pellets anymore, at all, no matter what happens - I might just consider no stove. But then that depends on how much you value the flame experience.
     
  6. Bioburner

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    Flame experience without the work. No electricity need for when the lights go out DSCN0038.JPG
     
  7. stovelark

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    One nice thing about gas stoves is the prettier flame picture over a pellet stove. No need of electricity as BB pointed out (unless you have the blower, which for a gas stove, I'm for- it just makes it more effective as a heater). Asthetics and ease are big attributes, the bad is we don't know what LP or NG prices will be in the future. Guess the same can be said about pellets too.
     
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