Friend has been extolling the virtues of a pellet stove owned and operated by his relative.
He says that it uses about one bag of pellets per-day; which cost about $5-$6 per bag. $150 to $180 per month? There are occasionally shortage of fuel pellets. Disposing of the small amount of ash is very easy and not messy. The stove requires a small amount of electrcity to operate (drive the auger). Not sure if it also has any warm air circulating fan?
It is not the sole source of heat in the house and there are the usual lights and appliances using electricity (which then becomes heat) within the house.
Obtaining the fuel, a pallet load at a time requires either delivery by truck or the use of one own pickup etc. Not the sort of thing you can pick up at the s.market and sling eight or ten bags in trunk of a car, on a regular basis! Although that's what one would do if necessary during a shortage.
As far as we know the pellets are not made (yet anyway) in this area and have to be trucked in; also the pellet stove cannot as far as we know burn anything else. e.g. scrap wood?
Interested in any other comments or expereience with these pellet stoves. Thanks.