i used 6.6 ton of pellets for 2 quadrafire cb1200's in a 3,000 sq foot house... that was a mistake..
1200 bucks a year to be close to 70 isnt that bad though..
Im hopeing to be around 750$ this year and close to 80
i know this post was in june but i really wonder about the math. pellets are going for $260 aprox per ton now. that's north of $1,700. not really sure where that $1,200 figure came from but its way off. you would have to be around $170 per ton to realize that final cost of $1,200. pellets havent been $170 in quite a while, i do remember them being that "cheap" but it must have been 5-6 years ago.
my savings last winter i was around 7 ton of pellets this winter so far i havent even burned two tons yet. i see myself having around 1 ton left maybe a little more. i started winter with 4 tons on hand. yes we had a very mild fall and that did help things. i think that if i was heating with coal last winter (it was miserable) i probably would be around 4 tons of coal.
i am heating a very old historical (lets just call it that lol) farmhouse built in 1895. it has seen some more modern windows and additional insulation but it is no where near what a modern home would be as far as being air tight.
i find coal to be WAY more efficient. the house is warmer and i am burning allot less fuel. pellets suck sorry i ever bought into them. i wasted allot of money on pellets. the first year i owned the house i bought an el-cheapo tractor supply stove. it cost $1,000 and i had that rebate at the time. out of pocket around $800 with venting. pulled that stove out because it was in-adequate sold that unit for $300 to get rid of it. i bought a harman, the dealer convinced me that it was the el-cheapo stove was the reason for not enough heat not the fact that the fuel sucks as well. i went into the harman dealer looking at the mag stoker. he convinced my wife and i that coal is dirtier then pellets and that we didnt want a coal stove unless we put it in the basement. granted the harman pellet was better then the el-cheapo but last the last two winters with weeks of negative temps was enough to convince me. we were buying 6-7 tons of pellets to still have a cold home. enough was enough. i sold the harman for $1,200 and bought my used keystoker 90. what a difference even with having a few bitter, nasty spells i just turned the stoker up a little and the house was 68-70 NOT A CHALLENGE. with pellets we were lucky to be at 60 in those conditions and we were supplementing with small electric space heaters.
warm house, 1-4 ton delivery for a whole winters of heat, less filling stove, less dust (believe it or not, pellets are dirtier then coal every-time you dump a bag in the stove fines=dust. the only minus on coal is more ash, its not that big of a deal. i was able to re-use my existing masonry chimney that cannot be used for wood. coal is much safe with cool stack temps. even with the stove rocking serious heat that black pipe thermometer wont even exceed 160 degrees.
i am extremely impressed and i think i would estimate year savings to be around $7-800 bucks per year AND the house is actually heated adequately