rberq wrote:"I think you would be doing him a disservice to recommend Pellets for heat. There are so many disadvantages to Pellets...."
Well, agreed, coal would be MY choice over pellets, but this guy just can't accept coal for whatever reason and he badly needs an alternative to oil (don't we all?) As I said, pellets are break-even with coal cost here in Maine, and have been readily available for some years, and they DO boost the local economy since we have a lot of wood available here. Pellets may even come down in price as more pellet mills are opening locally and reducing transportation costs. The disadvantages of pellets depend largely on the individual -- if you have a dry place to store them, and enough room, and can manage the dust, then they are a legitimate choice. After all, coal ashes are pretty dusty too. And pellets are "renewable" in the short term, carbon neutral, and don't require stripping away mountain tops to obtain them.
I know I'm sounding like a heretic. I prefer coal, and see pellets as less desirable, but not dramatically less.
Sting wrote:oh come on!
NO! - you cannot leave bags of pellets out under the open sided lean too for years or until the plastic bag breaks down from exposure - but really - all this talk about pellet fuel being so fragile it will be junk 16 hours after delivery -- well that holds about as much water as the statement - all coal is dusty and dirty and your a fool to convert to it.
It all depends on how its handled.
Richard - you won't need an extra truck - you have cheep fuel - but others have them
one example http://www.maineenergysystems.com/
and the guy that delivers at my little place
Sting wrote: all this talk about pellet fuel being so fragile it will be junk 16 hours after delivery --
rberq wrote:A guy in my office is struggling with solar-electric, solar-water, windmills, and perpetual motion machines in his fear of next year's oil heat cost. He can find nothing that will replace his oil and that has a payback period less than about twenty years, and he can't come up with the initial investment anyway. I keep telling him quietly about coal, but it doesn't sink in. Even one of the alternative-heat consultants who came to his house suggested coal. He is really in dreamland because he keeps sending me Internet links to machines that put out thirty percent more energy than goes in. In high school he was playing football when he should have been studying the laws of thermodynamics.
There's a big push in Maine now toward pellet heat, and it's competitive with coal on BTUs-per-dollar, in fact pellets may be cheaper because it costs so much to ship the coal here from PA. So before he slits his wrists with worrying, I should push him toward pellets. Maybe he will accept that more than the strange antiquated concept of coal.
rberq wrote: pellets may be cheaper because it costs so much to ship the coal here from PA.