daleeper said:Kenny, I think you have answered it yourself. I keep wooling this around myself, and I come back to - it doesn't make sense.
Wood pellets were derived out of wasted sawdust at the mills, and using them as a heat source has helped reduce those piles, thus taking a surplus commodity and utilizing it well. I don't think that grinding wood down specifically for pelleting will be a good long term solution for heating here in the US. I don't think baling hay or straw in square bales and burning it will be a real good long term heating solution either, thus no market for the stove you are asking for. I really don't think growing switchgrass for pelleting will work out long term either, much as I would like to see it work.
Most of the folks that are burning bales have need for a lot of heat, have the equipment to make and feed the big bales, and have the material to bale. I can tell you from experience that it is a lot easier to move big bales mechanically than small ones.
If I were to own some sort of boiler system, one feature I would like is that the door would be big enough to fit a small square bale in, thus the option Ugly is mentioning above. If we did have small bales to get rid of, they could be burned. I have thought about building a big bale burner, and decided there are other things I can do besides bale for heat. There are too many trees around our place that need cleaned up and can be burned for heat.
Solid wood is easier to handle and store than small bales in my opinion, and I have handled both.
The only disappointment from me is that they are not readily available in the US market. Europe is working under a completely different set of regulatory, social and economic conditions that favor the development and use of these devices.renewablejohn said:
They have an excellent reputation and a lot of my farming friends have them but I am a woodchip man and the same company also do the Danish Refo boiler using woodchip which we would be installing if we could get planning permission to have it installed. We live in a grade 2 listed building so cannot always do what we want to do.kenny chaos said:renewablejohn said:
Do you have personal experience with them?