(Closed) NWR. Any Bees with Pellet Stoves?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

Mrs.BigBear:  yes, the pellets are wood, so it smells the same. We don’t have a pellet stove, but they are very common in our area. Bonus- at least around here, pellets are cheaper than a cord of wood. 

ETA: Pellets burn more efficiently than regular wood, so the smell is definitely less.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Mrs.BigBear:  My parents live in Maine and use their pellet stove for several months of the year. I would really recommend them. I love that you can set them to start and stop to keep the temperature more steady, and you don’t have to deal with chopping wood and stoking the fire. They do have some of that smell, but definitely not as much as a traditional wood stove. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

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Pellet stoves will give you that wood-burning smell, and they do produce a lot of heat.

However, mine malfunctioned last year. This was my living room. My insurnace company moved me to a hotel for 8 months while my house was repaired. I now have a gas stove and don’t recommend pellet stoves.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I will say that the fire inspector said that in 40 years of doing his job, this was only the 2nd fire he’s seen from a pellet stove. I think generally, they are safe.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My BFF has a pellet stove that is the only heat source in her 100+ year-old farmhouse. I spend 90% of my weekends there and have done my fair share of refilling. There is a smell but it is most definitely not as pronounced as a wood stove. I also think the heat is hotter and more intense- it was most appreciated this winter!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

Man am I the only one that doesn’t think tbey have a smell? I also think they don’t heat very well unless you’re literally right in front of it. 

FIs parents have one and I’m always freezing at their house in the winter even 5 feet away from it 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I think the heat is very hot! You can buy good quality pellets that burn hotter and longer than others. We were also able to adjust the blower to warm the room faster.

The malfunction was in the vent. You can see in the back of the fireplace that our pellet stove vented OUT the back of the chimney instead of UP the chimney. Apparently, even with a spark screen, a spark got out, caught a patch of grass on fire, and then turned into and under the house. My first clue was how hot the room was getting, then the smoke detectors went off.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We just got one a copule of months ago.  I don’t think it has much of a smell at all tbh.  It heats the room it is in well, but I’m disappointed that it doesn’t heat the entire house as its supposed to heat up to 1800 square feet.  However, my parents have a wood burning stove that has covered their family room in soot and requires more work to keep it going.  This was one of the reasons we went with the pellet stove.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

itsmle:  whoa good to know what malfunctioned. I was considering a pellet stove so that we could vent it the same way yours was and save on the cost of installing a chimney. But that does not look like a good plan anymore! 

Does anyone know about how much electricity the pellet stoves draw (to operate the blowers etc.) during the winter? Our home is 100% electric and it is killing me. The only reason I was considering a wood stove was because it does not need a power source, but the pellet stoves do.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

itsmle:  What did it look like on the outside?  Did it just vent straight out through the screen?

cucumberroll:  Ours is just vented out the wall, it doesnt have to have a chimney.

Mrs.BigBear:  We put ours in a after a year in our house and I didn’t notice any wood smell from it after we started using it. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My SIL has a pellet stove and I have a wood stove, I don’t smell wood burning at her house at all, however it does give off a ton of heat and doesn’t require a ton of work. The wood stove is a pain in the butt, quite frankly. I’d rather just load a stove up with pellets and let it go then fight with starting a wood fire, but Darling Husband was adamant about the wood stove. I do enjoy the heat and the savings on our oil bill!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

Mrs.BigBear:  it’s in the living room and ive never smelled anything from it. But it seems like I might be the odd man out here haha

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