I have a small area (~500 sqft) that I'd like to heat with a pellet stove.
The smallest pellet stove I can find is rated for 1500sqft; I know that
with whole-house HVAC that you need to size the unit appropriate to keep it
from kicking on and off too much (and getting uneven HVAC as a result)- is
the same true with pellet stoves? I don't mind if it goes through fuel
slower (bonus for me) but I don't want to fry that room or do something
that might hurt the pellet stove itself.
I welcome any advice.
Stoves are usually rated to give you a rough idea of how much it can heat.
Too large a stove will overheat the room unless you can move the heat out to
other areas. I have a wood burning stove in my family room. That room will
get up to 80 degrees while the rest of the house is in the 60's. I use a
small fan to even out the temperatures a bit, but it is not as good as a
real central heater. It was not designed to be. They are not easily
"turned down" but the pellet stove may have better controls for that. With
wood, burning a large stove too slow just makes for faster creosote buildup.
In any case, I think you will find that room very warm.
Pellet stoves are designed to feed pellets at multiple rates and thus
provide variable heat. For example, a Whitfield Profile 20 or Profile
30 will have a "high", "medium" and "low" setting and these settings
can be calibrated individually. A Harman pellet stove such as the P61
has a true variable speed control that allows the stove to produce
between 8,000 and 61,000 BTUs of heat. In addition, any pellet stove
with electric ignition can be controlled by a wall thermostat.
If you have multi rooms and have a forced-air furnece circulate the
heat using just the furnece squalcage fan,it pulls the air in the stove
room and eventually it will even out the heat thruout the house plus
your only using the low draw fan and doing this on low stove setting
for the most part although you may need to kick it up until the house
gets comfortable...works great.
I should have added,using your furnece to circulate pellet stove heat
to all the rooms in the house is by far the most effecient method of
moving heat but mainly it pretty much eliminated an overly warm stove
room when I have it cranked up.
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