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Archive for the ‘Pellet stove’ Category


Power pellet stove in remote cabin

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009


I have a remote camp with no road acess so everythting needs to be taken in by boat or snowmobile. In the summer transport by boat isn’t bad but in the winter the trips for propane and kerosene are constant (25miles round trip).

My question is that I am considering a pellet stove but with no power except battery/inverter and generator, and the fact that the pellet stoves require power for the auger, blower and exhaust fan, can these be converted to DC motors more efficiently than using the inverter or am I just as well off using the battery /inverter combination and probably charging the batteries every two days instead of three to four days?

Fred White


I think you will find the conversion over to DC motors is too much work and too many problems.  However, the AC motors in the stove do not require the higher priced pure sinewave inverters, so you can get by with the lower cost modified sinewave inverters you see at all boat and RV outlets.  Avoid the really cheap units as they are not designed to run for longer hours like your wood stove and they have a low efficiency so they will draw more battery power than the higher priced units.  Also, unless you plan to also power lights and other appliances you don’t need a large inverter and will probably be able to use an inverter in the 500 watt range.

Good luck and stay warm,

Jeff Yago


Alternative heat

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009


In our 2 story – plus basement home the heat, hot water (showers), stove and dryer are all run off of propane. There is also a gas fireplace on the main level. We are considering replacing our gas fireplace with an alternative heat source that would be serve as a primary source of heat.

In our area the wood stoves, pellet stoves, and wood burning fireplace inserts are readily available at a reasonable cost.

Do you have an opinion on which would more efficient in the long run?




For a house this large it will be hard to heat the entire house from a fireplace. Pellet stoves are the easiest to use, but I never like having to buy and store all those bags of pellets and you will go through a lot of bags if you try to have this as the main heat source. For me, a wood stove is a wood stove and I like to toss in several large split logs then leave it alone for a few hours at a time. If you can find a large insert that will fit and still include one or more fans to circulate the heat that may improve the heat distribution.

If you are really serious about having this the main heat source, then I would go for one of those outside wood boilers that look like a small metal out-building. You fire these up with wood and the heated water is piped to the existing heating system in your home for distribution. Many options and models available, and no wood chips tracked across the carpet!

Good luck,

Jeff Yago



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