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Do you own a wood pellet stove?
Have you owned/used one in the past?
What is your opinion of them? ( Give me the good, bad and UGLY:devil:)
Hard to clean?
Any problems obtaining pellets?
If you have owned both a wood burning stove and a pellet stove which do you prefer? Why?
Thanks in advance for any information.:smile2:
 

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I haven't owned one but there are a lot of them up here. People seem to like them, and I think pellets are easy to come by. That might be because so many people have them, so it's worthwhile for lots of stores to carry them.
 

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Spirit Deer Thanks!
I read about an interesting one which does not use any electric...it is the Wise Way gravity fed wood pellet stove. It looks pretty cool...and seems to put off a fair amount of heat.
 

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I know some smokers and grills use pellets, too, which should make the pellets more available. Traiger is one brand that uses pellets.

Sorry I can't give better info.
 

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I know some smokers and grills use pellets, too, which should make the pellets more available. Traiger is one brand that uses pellets.

Sorry I can't give better info.
Hey, I had not thought about that! I agree that should increase the availability!!
 
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Again, I'm no expert. I don't know if grills and smokers use the same type of pellets, because some pellets must surely use flavorful woods such as mequite, apple, etc., but I would think some would be the same as a stove. Maybe you could call around to some stores in your area that might carry pellets, such as fleet supply stores, outdoor stores, even WM or Sam's Club. Maybe you'll find a place that sells pellets in bulk at a cheaper price.
 

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We got a pellet stove years ago and absolutely loved it. Then 2 years ago on Thanksgiving ours was powering up it's connected to the thermostat, and an ice storm hit and blew the pc board in it and that was it. It's going to be over $1,000 to fix and we just don't have the $$ right now. I hope to next year, but made me think maybe a wood stove would've been the way to go. Our pellet stove is our fireplace insert.
 

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There is less ash, and they are supposed to use less wood to produce the same amount of heat. It's easier to store a stack of the pellet bags than it is to store a line of wood. Easier on the back than splitting and moving, too. Don't use the pellets for grills/smokers. While they can be used, they cost far more because of the kind of wood used to produce a good-flavored smoke.
 

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Thanks all for you input! Judembc there are several interesting/informational arguments for/against pellet/wood stoves over at hearth.com.
 

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I loved it when it was working, but sad that after all that money spent to get it an ice storm blew it for us. Now it sits not working and too much $$ right now to fix. Maybe next year.
 

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I went with a woodstove and sawdust logs. The pellet stoves are electricity dependent and while you can use a generator or battery back up, I didn't want to. Also, I'm on minimal solar, no grid tie.

THe sawdust logs are as clean as pellets, and you don't have to lift the heavy bags...BUT...you don't get the long unattended burn time you do with pellet stoves and you don't get the thermostat type heat regulation. For many people, those would be big downsides. I do get a 12 hour burn pretty frequently with the "North Idaho Energy Logs" 8lb logs (2 at a time with the stove turned way down). Better than most of my friends who heat with regular cordwood.
 
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