I had a wood stove and hated the mess and how the heat would blow us
out of the room and had a few questions. (thanks in advance)
1. I'm thinking of getting a coal stove to supplement my oil fired
furnace. I was wondering how messy coal is when loading a stove? Also,
does anyone have a direct vent and if so how do you like it?
2. We were also thinking of a pellet stove. Coal in cheaper in my area
but pellets seem less messy. I can get a 68k btu pellet stove. Would
this be enough to heat a 2000 sq. ft. home.
3. Would you choose coal or pellets? Why? Thanks
pellets made from corn, are a renewable resource and almost 100% clean. I
use to work for a grain company and corn does burn along with all other
grains. burn coal you get cinders and sulphur and black soot, cleanest
burning is costly, find the grain based pellets and your waste is almost
all dust. shud be able to find them on-line but it isn't cold enough here in
N.C. to use it. Will it heat a home that big??? depends on outside temps but
I would guess..... no.
Depending on where you are, buying a stove big enough to heat an entire
house will force you out of the room if that is where the stove is, unless
the room is a full open concept without walls to hold the heat in that
Simply put, a stove confined to a room cannot heat a whole house unless
there is a way to distribute the heat. You may be better to have a small
stove just big enough to take away the chill from the room and let your
house furnace or heater (if you have one) look after the rest of the house.
Much depends on where you are, your climate, the house design, the type of
stove and finally the least important, the fuel. Also different fuels
require different types of chimneys or vents, what do you have?
Are you talking about a prefabricated metal chimney for the stove? While I
am not up-to-date on wood/pellet stoves, I did not know that any solid fuel
stoves were approved for direct vent to an outside wall due the temperature
of the exhaust produced by solid fuel. I was only familiar with the metal
chimneys known as Class A chimneys, which must stand a much higher
temperature than other vents, and which must be vented vertically to above
the roof line.
I went this weekend to look at stoves. I was told by the owner that
direct vent is allowed in my area. So all I need to do is cut a hole
where the stoves gies and then bring up 6-8' of pipe. The stove uses
electricity to feed the fire with coal (holds about 80 lbs.), to
regulate the thermostat, and for the blowers. The stove pulls cold air
in to the combustion chamber. I am considering a normal flue that goes
2 feet above my roof. It's costly but I could burn coal and wood. The
only problem is that these stoves are not automatic.
That is the "no free lunch" theory at work. The fast few years I've paid
for the labor in the form of oil, not wood. Yes, it is a lot of work. My
wife can no longer help and it is just too much at times.
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