burned pellets for almost 10 years, i used to get them for 135.00 or so a ton and then they just keep going up. last year paid 230.00 a ton.
at a cost of 140.00-170.00 at ton pellets made sense and saved me money vs. nat. gas. at around $180-200 ton no real savings when compared to nat. gas as per my heating requirements. so living in coal country, and improved technology, i switched to coal
sold two whitfield stoves, used the 1400.00 from stoves to buy a dvc-500, now 1800.00 in the red
I would burn 1.3 tons pellets per month, cost 299.00, now i burn approx. 1/2 - 5/8 ton rice per month (feb,mar07), cost 75.00-85.00, now factoring in the use of a hot water coil, the low temp. requiremnet for my radiant floor heat and i may not use much gas at all. That being said i think the stove will pay for itself within 1-1/2 seasons.