Devil5052 wrote:Anyone know of a good comparison site or have any info...coal v pellet?
Last year wood pellets went up by 4%, yet coal went up $4.00 a ton. I pay $3.49 for a 40# bag of Marth 8000 Btu wood pellets, made right here in WI. They are the lowest priced pellets and the produce the most ash of all brands. We are told that coal has 65% more Btu's per pound, than wood pellets. Here in WI Blaschak sells for around $6.00 a bag and Reading sells for $5.00 a (40#) bag. Even at the largest wood pellet dealer in the USA, located at Dale, WI; you can purchase with the Spring Early Buy wood pellets for the same cost as coal. Wood pellets must not get wet, while in storage, where as you know; coal can. Both have ash to dump, but pellet stoves require more maintenance. With a pellet stove, the combustion blower blows ash everywhere from the firepot, through to the horizontal stove pipe. That means that the stove pipe must be brushed out with a small round brush, then the heat exchanger area must be opened to be brushed. Then, with the front door open slightly; you have to attach a Black and Decker leaf vac outside and then suck all remaining ash out. If not done bi-monthly, the efficiency drops.
Sure the pellet stove can automatically restart by using using 400 +/- watts of electricity. Or, if you have an old pellet stove, as I do; you can light it just like lighting coal! Keeping coal hot in a idle mode; saves time, makes sense and saves cents!