FAQs

This page is a collection of some of the questions we are asked regularly about products related to the fuel types listed below.

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Recommendations for Gas Fireplaces

So how do you go about finding the gas fireplace that’s just right for your situation. Your WE LOVE FIRE® expert is the one to speak with, but until then, here are a few pointers to consider for locating a gas fireplace in your home. Decks, patios, outdoor living spaces: Many manufacturers have developed gas fireplaces for outdoor use.... Continue Reading

Recommendations For Locating a Gas Fireplace

Where would a gas fireplace work in your home? Where would you like a little extra heat? How about the: Kitchen Hallway Bathroom Living room Home office Family room Dining room Entry way or foyer Downstairs rec room Master or guest bedroom Deck, patio or outdoor living room On wall adjacent to an open stairway... Continue Reading

How Do I Know If I Need to Replace My Gas Fireplace?

Expect to enjoy your gas fireplace for many years. This is especially true for the quality products sold by the WE LOVE FIRE® dealer network. A case for physically replacing a gas fireplace with a new model could be made if yours is say, 15 – 20 years old or more. Many of the components on a... Continue Reading

Can I Cook on My Gas Fireplace?

A direct vented gas fireplace must be operated with the glass in place. This glass has a gasketed seal that prevents any air from the room from entering the firebox. There are optional “doors” for gas fireplaces but are strictly aesthetics. These doors are mounted on the outside of the glass. When they’re “open” so... Continue Reading

Which is Better & More Efficient, a Gas or Wood Fireplace?

Obviously different fuels, but the efficiency of burning wood vs gas is about a wash. Any new, wood burning heating equipment is going to comply with the 2020 EPA requirements. The quality and moisture content of the fuel and your burning habits can affect the combustion efficiency of burning wood. Most of this equipment today... Continue Reading

Where Can I Buy a Gas Fireplace?

The best place to buy a gas fireplace is at your WE LOVE FIRE® dealership! These independently owned hearth specialty shops are part of a group of more than 300 stores. These entrepreneurs work cooperatively with each other to secure the most impressive product lines at great pricing, provide service for everything that’s sold and have a... Continue Reading

Gas Fireplace vs. Insert: What’s the Difference?

Yes, these are two separate products for two distinct applications. These terms are NOT synonymous! A gas fireplace insert is to be slid into an existing wood burning fireplace. A gas fireplace is designed to be built into a framed wall. This is done during construction or a remodeling project. An insulated shell around the gas firebox... Continue Reading

How Much Does It Cost to Operate a Gas Fireplace?

The amount of gas you’re burning in your gas fireplace is easily adjusted manually or with a remote control. Whether it’s natural or LP gas, fireplaces have adjustable gas valves that are usually in the range of 15,000 to 40,000 BTUs per hour. The more gas you’re using, the higher and livelier the flames will... Continue Reading

How Much Does a Gas Fireplace Cost? (Price Breakdown)

There are many variables that make a huge difference when estimating the cost of a gas fireplace project. Some people have the ability to help keep costs down by doing some of the work themselves. Others feel much more comfortable knowing that a professional has the experience and expertise to complete the entire installation. Most... Continue Reading

What Gas Fireplace Should I Buy? Which is The Best?

The best of something is tough to define. Who’s the best golfer? Where’s the best fishing spot? Who’s the best hockey player? What’s the best movie of all time? You get my point. There are so many personal likes and dislikes as well as different styles and distinguishing characteristics of any product. Gas fireplaces are... Continue Reading

Gas Fireplaces Are They Worth It? Pros & Cons

Most people spend the majority of their time in only two or three rooms in their home. Here’s a question to ponder? Why run your furnace, that uses 80,000 to 100,000 BTUs of gas, when a gas fireplace will comfortably heat the area you’re normally in, using only 1/4 or 1/3 of the amount of... Continue Reading

Where to install a gas fireplace?

Gas fireplaces are extremely versatile and can be installed nearly anywhere in the house. Living rooms and family rooms are the most common, but consider a gas fireplace in the dining room, bedroom, office, kitchen or an outdoor model on the deck or patio. The physical sizes and shapes of fireplaces vary tremendously, so use your... Continue Reading

What’s better: gas, wood or electric?

One fuel is not better or worse than the other. Our suggestion is to first decide which fuel fits your lifestyle best and which fuel you would prefer to use. If you have a nearby source for wood and have the equipment and time to cut, split, haul, stack and dry wood, lots of money can be... Continue Reading

Can I cook on a gas fireplace?

The short answer to this is: No! Cooking is not an option on a direct vented gas fireplace. The sealed combustion process means the glass must be in place for the equipment to operate safely. Always operate a gas fireplace with the gasketed glass in its correct position. Continue Reading

When to replace a gas fireplace?

A gas fireplace does not need to be replaced on a regular basis. But this question often comes up when equipment starts aging out at 20 years or more. Perhaps a customer sees how impressive the newer styles and technology is and simply wants to update. Replacing an old gas fireplace with an upgraded model... Continue Reading

How much does a gas fireplace cost?

Like most things, there is a wide range of prices for a zero clearance, gas fireplace. Small basic models will start around $3000.00. While larger, fancier models can approach $7000.00. Additionally, the installation and finishing costs will need to be added. You can figure on spending anywhere from a few hundred to several thousands of... Continue Reading

Where to buy a gas fireplace?

At your WE LOVE FIRE® dealership, of course! And consider these important points regarding why the purchase should be from them: When you buy something, especially bigger ticket items, do you buy only on price? It’s very unlikely that you do. With enough time and if you keep looking long enough, you can always find the same product, less... Continue Reading

What gas fireplace to buy?

Your WE LOVE FIRE® expert feels very strong about the Ambiance® line of gas fireplaces. Ambiance has committed to considerable research and development into their gas fireplace designs. Before starting a fireplace project, nearly 300 fireplace experts and retailers throughout the USA and Canada are asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas. These fireplace pros enthusiastically contribute their comments... Continue Reading

What gas fireplace is the best?

The fact of the matter is: there really isn’t a “best”! Yes, there are some significant differences between one manufacturer and another. But there are lots of solid fireplace companies out there that make some very impressive equipment. Many say that they have the best flame pattern or log design or the coolest options. But... Continue Reading

Are gas fireplaces worth it?

Both the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers say that the addition of a quality gas fireplace in a home can increase the price of the home by several thousands of dollars. This number will vary regionally of course, but these opinions are really nothing new. Findings indicate that a... Continue Reading

Can I buy directly from the manufacturer?

No, not directly. The WE LOVE FIRE dealer network is part of the United Buyers Group organization. Over 300 independents, locally-owned retailers specializing in fireplaces and stoves have joined together to increase their buying clout with premier manufacturers in the industry. By doing this, dealers can eliminate distributors and work directly with those companies that... Continue Reading

Big Box Fireplace Install: Why Dealers Say No

This question comes up periodically and provides a higher level of service to customers who see the value in buying from a specialty hearth products shop. All WE LOVE FIRE dealers provide reliable, professional information before, during, and after a sale. The equipment you'll see in these showrooms will not be the same equipment the... Continue Reading

How to break in a new gas fireplace or stove?

A new gas fireplace or stove will emit smoke and fumes during the first couple of start-up fires. This is normal and is called “off-gassing.” As paint cures and oils from the manufacturing process burning off, strong odors and smoke may occur. Basically, you need to turn the appliance on high and let it thoroughly... Continue Reading

Can I change over from LP Gas to Natural Gas?

Normally, you can change your gas fireplace from using propane to running on natural gas without a problem. You’ll need to change some parts with a gas conversion kit and it’s best to get a certified professional to carry out this job to ensure everything is performed safely. You don’t want to run into problems... Continue Reading

Do I need to clean my glass door or is it self-cleaning?

Over time, your glass door will eventually start to accumulate deposits, which should be cleaned on an annual basis to look after the glass. You can clean the glass more often if you see deposits building up sooner. Continue Reading

New Gas Fireplace Smell: Is It Normal?

Initially, a new fire can emit smoke and/or smells produced due to the painting and finish on your stove or fire. When you first use your fire, the paint will ‘cure’ and some of the finish will burn off. All you need to do is let some fresh air into your room and the initial... Continue Reading

How can I make my stove safe for children?

Protect children and animals from the intense heat a gas heating appliance can give off. Often, the heat of the flames is enough to get children to keep their distance but you may need to take additional steps. You can buy an attractive fire screen to protect your fire and children safe from the heat... Continue Reading

Why does my pilot light go out?

If you follow the instructions above to light your pilot light, make sure you keep holding down the control knob in the ignite position for as long as a minute after the pilot light has been lit by the igniter. This helps to make sure the flame is lit and stable. If you’re still having... Continue Reading

Does my pilot light need to stay on all year round?

Regardless of whether you’re using your fire all year round or not, it’s best to leave the pilot light on all year round. It will only use a tiny amount of gas and turning the pilot light off can lead to problems that will need to be fixed. Running the pilot light all year round... Continue Reading

How can I re-ignite my pilot light?

First of all, ensure your gas supply is turned on. When you’re sure that it is, look for your control panel which is behind a door or behind fireplace grates. Locate igniter and on/off knobs which are beside each other. The first one is usually red or black. Then turn the on/off knob to the... Continue Reading

How do I switch my gas appliance on and off?

The functions on your gas appliance will vary depending on the make and model you own. In many cases, you can turn your gas fire or stove on or off at the wall, by using a remote control or by turning the thermostat up or down. A wall switch will just turn the appliance on... Continue Reading

How much does it cost to operate a gas appliance?

There are adjustable gas valves installed on fireplaces, stoves and inserts.  Adjust the flame height down and you will use less gas and realize less heat.  Adjust the amount up, and you’ll use more gas and get more heat from the unit. In the USA and some Canadian provinces, natural gas (NG) is measured in... Continue Reading

What is zone heating?

This is a term that’s used when heating only a portion of your home.  When you think about it, most people spend the majority of their time only two or three rooms.  And many people like their bedrooms cooler than the rest of the house.  Zone heating warms those the area of the home that... Continue Reading

What does the term ‘zero clearance’ mean?

A zero clearance (ZC) fireplace is a fireplace that has been designed to be built into a combustible frame wall.  There are small “stand-offs” on the exterior of a ZC fireplace that that can be in direct contact with 2x4 or 2x6 framing.  This makes for versatile and rather quick installations. Do not get this... Continue Reading

Radiant vs. Convective Heat: Fireplace Edition

In a nutshell, radiant heat, heats objects.  Think of the sunshine when you think of radiant heat.  Ever been sitting in a car with the sun shining through your window?  You’re probably warmer than the passengers on the other side of the car.  That heat you’re feeling is the radiant energy from the sun. A... Continue Reading

Will My Fireplace Work During a Power Outage?

Yes it will!  Your gas fireplace, stove or insert generates its own electricity to open and closed the gas valve. Today’s appliances use one of two types of ignition systems: 1) a standing pilot light, called a “millivolt system” or, 2) an intermittent pilot ignition often referred to as an IPI or electronic ignition system. ... Continue Reading

Why does my flame look blue when I turn my fireplace on?

This is not uncommon.  Combustion air levels could be a bit low and the draft will take a couple of minutes to get well established.  It normally takes a few minutes for the flames to adjust on a cold start.  LP seems to have a tendency to look a little more bluish on start-up than... Continue Reading

Gas Fireplace vs. Insert: What’s the Difference?

Gas fireplaces and inserts offer cozy warmth, but which is right for you? Let's explore the distinctions. Continue Reading

New Fireplace Burn-In: What You Need to Know

On a new appliance, there are oil residues from the manufacturing process.  Your new equipment has also been painted with a high temperature paint.  It normally takes an hour or two of curing time to burn the excess oil residues off and for the paint to completely cure.  During this time, the fireplace may have... Continue Reading

Why does the glass on my fireplace turn black?

This can be more of a problem, but can be corrected by a competent fireplace service technician.  The black is the result of soot from incomplete combustion.  One of these scenarios is likely occurring:  1) the air to fuel ratio is not adjusted properly, 2) the logs are not positioned exactly as the manufacturer specifies,... Continue Reading

Can I Use BBQ Charcoal Ashes In The Garden?

What to do with your leftover BBQ ashes? Why not use it in your garden? Ashes are leftover 'un-burnable' minerals such as potassium. It will help your garden, especially if your soil is too acidic. On the other hand, you should not add wood ash to your soil/garden under the following conditions: If the ashes... Continue Reading

Is BBQ Charcoal Good For Orchids And Other Plants?

Orchids seem to thrive in a porous material. In Asia, most orchids are sold in coconut husks filled with charcoal. Orchid growers swear by it and list the following reasons: To keep the "mix" sweet. To filter impurities. Laboratory tests show that charcoal possesses a remarkable ability to: Keep nutrients in the soil, increasing soil... Continue Reading

Is Charcoal BBQ Good Or Bad For You?

Wanting to open a can of worm, are you? The question is, is charcoal grilling/smoking hazardous to your health? The short answer is yes… but then again, most things are done in excess harm to our health, including drinking too much water. It should not pose any long-lasting effects if done occasionally as a treat.... Continue Reading

How Long Before The BBQ Coals Are Ready?

Typically, 10 to 30 minutes depending on a variety of factors. But a quick way to determine if your coals are ready is by fine white ash covering them. If most of the coals are still black, it may release 'coal dust' on your food. While not necessarily dangerous, it may taint your food taste. Continue Reading

What Is The Best Method To Light Charcoal?

We assume without chemicals, right? And by "best," it really depends on your definition. Cheapest method, how fast to ignite, the best value, etc. Here are some time-proven ways to light BBQ charcoal. Paper (newspaper, paper towel, etc.) soaked in cooking oil. This pretty much tells you everything. Place the oil-soaked paper on top of... Continue Reading

Steel vs Cast Iron vs Soapstone Stoves: Which is Best?

That's like asking what's the best truck; a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge? You may have a strong opinion on this topic, and some have strong ideas on the type of wood-burning stove. But there are pros and cons to everything, and wood-burning stoves are no exception. A steel stove heats up quicker than cast iron... Continue Reading

What burns cleaner, wood or pellets?

By “cleaner,” we mean less ash or maybe a higher efficiency. So, let’s define a couple of terms first. Ashes: The quality of the wood, the moisture content, and the wood species will all affect the amount of ash from burning cordwood. On the other hand, pellets are a manufactured fuel. Since the moisture content... Continue Reading

How do wood stoves achieve such high-efficiency ratings?

If you buy a new wood stove today, it must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2020 New Source Performance Standard emissions for clean air. This standard requires manufacturers to limit emissions to 2.5 grams/hour or less for cordwood. The overall efficiency rating of today’s modern wood-burning stoves is in the low 70% to... Continue Reading

How to break in a wood-burning stove, insert, or fireplace?

A new wood-burning stove, insert, or fireplace will emit smoke and fumes during the first couple of start-up fires. This is normal and is called “off-gassing.” As paint cures and oils from the manufacturing process burning off, strong odors and smoke may occur. These fumes are non-toxic and may be objectionable to some. You will... Continue Reading

What are by-products of combustion?

Whenever something is burned, there are ‘leftovers” from the process.  It really doesn’t matter what is burned, wood, natural or LP gas, fuel oil, kerosene or coal.  These leftovers, or by-products include:  water vapor, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other particulate matter.  Indoor air quality will be affected.  It can be... Continue Reading

How to Safely Use a Fireplace Damper

Poor fireplace heat output? Smoke woes? Unlock safe & cozy fires! Our guide reveals damper secrets & to keep your family warm. Read now! Continue Reading

What can I burn in my wood burning stove?

It’s called a “wood” burning stove for a reason!  The only thing to burn in your stove is: wood!  Yes, use a few wads of newspaper to get kindling going from a cold start, but never burn the following in your wood stove: pressure treated lumber particleboard plywood or chipboard wood with nails or screws... Continue Reading

What is a connector pipe?

This is the black pipe that “connects” a wood stove to the chimney system.  It’s often called stove pipe or black pipe.  Connector pipe can be the standard single wall black pipe that many are familiar with.  Or, it can be a double wall, close clearance pipe.  Your stove requires specific clearances to combustibles.  Oftentimes,... Continue Reading

How is wood-burning equipment sized?

The literature on wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and inserts will provide lots of information.  Included with these details will be the size of the firebox.  The size of the firebox in wood-burning equipment is expressed in “cubic feet”.  The larger the number, the bigger the firebox.  And a larger firebox means longer burn times and more... Continue Reading

Fireplace, Insert, Stove, Furnace: What’s the Difference?

The goal is identical, to keep you and your loved ones comfortable by using wood as the fuel.  However, this type of equipment differs significantly and has different types of applications. A wood burning fireplace can be built using masonry materials or a zero clearance (ZC) unit, designed in a factory and built into a... Continue Reading

How Often Should I Clean My Chimney?

That depends on the quality of the wood you’re burning.  Aiming for a moisture content of <25% will significantly reduce the amount of creosote that builds up in your chimney.  Ensuring that your stove, insert or fireplace is well maintained will help too.  The standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that all... Continue Reading

Can I install a wood burning stove in my mobile home?

Yes, you can, provided certain conditions are met.  The first thing to do, is to make sure the stove has been tested and approved by HUD (Housing & Urban Development) to be installed into a mobile or manufactured home.  Other items include: 1) An outside air kit must be installed.  2) The stove most be... Continue Reading

How do I protect the floor around my wood burning stove?

Adequate floor protection, or an approved hearth pad, is critical to a safe wood burning stove installation.  You must protect a combustible floor with a non-combustible material.  This floor protection must extend beyond the front, back, and both sides of the stove.  Hearths pads (floor protection) are designed for ember protection or thermal protection.  Ember... Continue Reading

Old Fireplace vs. Insert: Which Burns Less Wood?

Most wood burning inserts today operate with efficiencies in the mid 70% range. A properly sized and operated wood burning insert can heat a couple thousand square feet of living space. Older, open burning fireplaces are not rated for any efficiencies, but most dealers would agree that if you’re getting 15 to 20% of the... Continue Reading

What is a moisture meter?

It’s a small device about twice the size of a deck of playing cards.  There are two probes or pins on one end of the meter that penetrate the wood to check the moisture content.  If you’re a wood burner, you know the importance of burning dry wood.  How dry is dry?  Wood with a... Continue Reading

How Often Should I Clean My Chimney?

Recommendations from the National Fire Protection Agency state that cleaning should be carried out on an annual basis. At the same time, have an inspection carried out to preempt any potential problems. Continue Reading

Sick of Wood Smoke? Try These Quick Fixes!

You want peace of mind of while sitting by a cozy fire? If you are having issues with wood smoke filling your house whenever you start a fire, this short guide gets you going with a smoke-free, enjoyable fire. Continue Reading

I’m having chimney drafting problems. Why is this?

You know you have chimney drafting problems if you see smoke coming back into your home rather than going up and out of your chimney. There’s no one answer to solve this problem and there could be numerous reasons behind the issue. The first golden rule is to have a properly-installed wood burning stove or... Continue Reading

Can I convert my wood burning stove into a gas stove?

Unfortunately not! It isn’t possible to convert wood stoves into gas systems and it’s even dangerous to try. So, please don’t attempt this under any circumstances. Continue Reading

Your Old Fireplace Wasting Energy? Convert to Gas!

Tired of chopping wood & cleaning ashes? Wondering how to convert your old fireplace to gas? What about safety, installation, costs pros & cons? We try to answer all your questions. Continue Reading

How to Remove Creosote from Fireplace Glass

If you have stained glass doors from creosote deposits, allow the glass to cool down then wipe it on the inside to get rid of the loose debris. Ideally, use damp newspaper for this. If the deposits are tar-like and sticky, you should light a hot fire and burn dry, seasoned wood on it for... Continue Reading

How can I prevent soot on my wood stove glass

Tired of staring at a dirty wood stove glass? Want to know how to keep it clean without maintenance. Our expert tips keep your glass clean. Enjoy a crystal-clear view of your cozy wood stove fire. Continue Reading

How to make a fireplace safe for kids

Love your fireplace, but worried about your little one? Discover the best ways to protect babies and toddlers from fireplace dangers with this helpful guide. Continue Reading

How are radiant heat and convection heat different?

For convection heat, air blows over a heating element and absorbs the heat, which is then blown by convection into your room. This lifts the ambient temperature and creates warmth. Radiant heat works by heating objects and people in a room and is therefore less effective at raising ambient temperatures. However, in smaller spaces radiant... Continue Reading

Wood Stove Installation: What Regulations Apply?

Firstly, refer to your owner’s manual, which every wood burning fireplace, insert, or stove should come with. In the manual, you’ll find detailed instructions and installation regulations as well as diagrams or pictures to show the clearance requirements. When buying an older model, it may not have been tested or listed. Therefore, refer to the... Continue Reading

Catalytic vs. Non-Catalytic Stove: Which is Best?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set clean air standards, which mean that wood burning stoves must now contain a re-burn system. These are special components that reduce particle pollution and they come in two different types - catalytic and non-catalytic. Catalytic wood stoves have a tiny combustor. When you shut off the damper, smoke... Continue Reading

Are wood burning stoves clean and environmentally friendly?

Recently, the regulations against polluting wood burning stoves have tightened. The Environmental Protection Agency has set out regulations about how much pollution a wood burning appliance can emit. The reason behind this is that, as part of the combustion process, the smoke from a wood burning fire contains harmful gases and particles. Prior to the... Continue Reading

Wood Burning Appliance Costs: What to Expect

Buying the cheapest bargain you can find when looking for a wood burning appliance is a bit of a fallacy. Sometimes, the price you pay can reflect the performance and lifespan of your fire. In truth, there should be a balance between not paying too much or too little. The best advice is to be... Continue Reading

What is the Best Kind of Wood to Burn

Your choice of wood will have an effect on how your wood burning appliance performs and how long a lifespan it will have. Also, the type of wood you choose will have an effect on the maintenance and service requirements for your fireplace, stove, or insert. Finally, the wood can influence the heat your appliance... Continue Reading

How Much Space Can My Wood Stove Heat?

This really depends. The most influential factor is the size of your firebox in cubic feet. Larger fireboxes can burn more fuel, therefore heating a larger space more effectively. Other important factors are the kind of wood you burn and how well insulated your home is. This includes the quality of your doors and windows... Continue Reading

What burns cleaner, wood or pellets?

By “cleaner,” we mean less ash or maybe a higher efficiency. So, let’s define a couple of terms first. Ashes: The quality of the wood, the moisture content, and the wood species will all affect the amount of ash from burning cordwood. On the other hand, pellets are a manufactured fuel. Since the moisture content... Continue Reading

How do I properly vent my pellet stove?

You probably will have a few options for venting a pellet stove. Most pellet stoves require type “L” vent pipe. Many will have a 4” vent pipe requirement. L-vent uses a small air space between a stainless steel inner pipe and a galvanized outer pipe. Since the exhaust on pellet equipment is pressurized, all joints... Continue Reading

How do I vent my pellet insert?

Pellet inserts must be vented vertically through the existing fireplace chimney. The existing chimney is used as a conduit for a 4” stainless steel liner.  This liner is connected to the top of the insert, installed up the chimney and terminated with a special adapter and termination cap on top. Note that many pellet inserts... Continue Reading

How do I know how much space my pellet stove will heat?

It’s all about the BTU’s! The more BTU’s, the more heat you’ll enjoy.  And, this is easily controlled by how fast the pellets are burned.  The faster the burn rate, the more BTU’s are produced.  The more fuel you’re using, the more heat you’re getting.  Your pellet stove or insert will have a range of... Continue Reading

Pellet Stove vs. Wood Stove: Which is Right for You?

This answer depends on several factors, such as: 1) your lifestyle, 2) quick and easy access to a wood supply, 3) the amount of time you can devote to cutting, splitting, hauling and stacking wood, 4) installation details, 5) cost, and other considerations. Let’s talk about cost first.  A pellet stove vs. a wood stove... Continue Reading

What happens to my stove or insert if I lose power?

If power is interrupted, by Mother Nature or a little one unplugging the appliance, your pellet equipment will not function. When power is off, there will be no additional fuel delivered to the burn pot, so any fire that’s burning will continue until it simply burns itself out.  If there is some rise to the... Continue Reading

Pellet Stove Electricity Usage: What to Expect

That depends on your electric rate and your specific model. Most pellet stoves and inserts will use between 200 watts and 500 watts per hour.  Generally speaking, if you’re paying between 8ȼ - 10ȼ/kwh, expect to pay about 2 ½ȼ - 3ȼ/per hour to operate the electric motor, fan and circuit board.  That would translate... Continue Reading

How dangerous are pellet stoves?

Common sense goes a long way when it comes to heating devices. It doesn’t matter if it’s a forced air furnace, a wood burning fireplace or stove, a boiler system or for that matter the toaster in your kitchen!  Properly installed, operated and regularly maintained equipment will avoid potentially dangerous scenarios.  Do not install equipment... Continue Reading

Will a pellet stove run without electricity?

Pellet stoves and inserts need to be plugged into a 120-volt outlet.  The “brains” of the stove (the circuit board) as well as the fans on the equipment and the auger (or pellet feed mechanism) are reliant on electricity to operate.  However, there are manufacturers that have battery back-up systems available for specific models.  If... Continue Reading

How long will a 40 lb. bag of pellets last?

This has everything to do with the heat setting or the “burn rate” on your stove or insert. One pound of wood pellets will produce approximately 8,000 BTUs of heat. So, if you are burning pellets on the “low” setting, say 1 ½ lb./hour (or 12,000 BTU), a bag will last about 26 hours. (40... Continue Reading

How much does a good quality new pellet appliance cost?

It’s only natural to want a good deal when buying your pellet appliance. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the price you pay normally reflects the quality of performance and longevity of your appliance. Therefore, it’s better to look for a quality product that you can trust in terms of its performance level... Continue Reading

How to Control Heat Output on Your Pellet Stove

There are a couple of ways to adjust the amount of heat.  The rate at which the pellets are fed into the burn pot is one.  A slower burn rate delivers fewer pellets to the burn pot, so less heat will be produced.   The faster you burn pellets, the more heat you will enjoy.  Also,... Continue Reading

How do I remove the ashes from my pellet stove?

Your pellet appliance comes equipped with an ash drawer or an ash tray.  Simply pull it forward, remove it and empty the ashes.  Be careful and remember that the ash is “powdery” fine and can be easily blown around the room.  It’s always a good idea to empty the ashes into an ash bucket with... Continue Reading

How much maintenance will my pellet stove or insert require?

This is a great question and should be one of the first things you discuss with your dealer.  If you’re a person who does not like to get your hands dirty or procrastinates on regular maintenance items, do not buy a pellet stove!  A gas model would be your best bet.  But, if that description... Continue Reading

What’s the heating capacity for a pellet appliance?

This depends on the amount of BTUs your pellet appliance produces. The great the level of BTUs/hour, the more heat will be generated and the more space it will heat.  On full power, some pellet stoves can produce between 40,000 to 45,000 BTUs per hour. You can adjust the BTU output and turn it down... Continue Reading

How does my pellet stove light?

Most models have an automatic ignition system designed into a circuit board. Simply turn your control to the “on” or “start” position.  Keep in mind the moisture content in pellets is very low, so pellets are quite easy to ignite.  Depending on your model, an ignitor rod, a hot surface ignitor or glow plug are... Continue Reading

Are pellets messy or convenient to use?

If we’re going to compare pellets to cordwood on the “Messy Scale”, pellets win, hands down!  Pellets are packaged in easy to handle, 40 lb. bags, much like water softener salt.  There are no bugs, no dirt and no bark to constantly be cleaning up.  Bags easily stack on top of each other.  Both cordwood... Continue Reading

Benefits of Using Pellet Fuel for Heating

Pellet stoves are environmentally friendly and easy to use, which means they’re very popular today! The pellets they burn are made from recycled materials. They’re also very efficient when it comes to generating heat and this will help to keep your bills lower. Also, you can install them in areas where it wouldn’t be possible... Continue Reading

What’s the best way to store the wood pellets?

First and foremost:  Keep ‘em dry!  And, preferably inside the garage, shed, basement or utility room if you can.  Pellets can be purchased in bulk, but most customers buy pellets in convenient 40 lb. bags.  Dealers will sell individual bags, but as a homeowner your best value is to purchase pellets by the ton.  That... Continue Reading

Pellet Venting: Choosing the Right System

Unless you’re going to connect your pellet appliance to your existing masonry chimney or to a factory-built stainless steel chimney, most pellet appliances need a 3″ or 4″ type “L” vent pipe. Depending on the location of your appliance, these can be installed vertically or through a side wall. Continue Reading

How reliable are pellet stoves?

Manufacturers of pellet equipment will provide a warranty.  These warranties will vary a bit from each manufacturer, but most covers several years for specific components, or a limited lifetime.  Details will be spelled out in the owner’s manual.  Always ask about the warranty before a purchase is made.  Warranties are precisely why you should buy... Continue Reading

How do pellet stoves work?

Pellet stoves look like a gas or a wood burning stove. But they operate much differently.  There is a hopper that’s located on the back side of the stove that serves as a storage bin for the pellets.  Lift the lid on this hopper and pour in the pellets.  The size of this hopper will... Continue Reading

What should I look for when I shop for pellets?

Manufacturers of pellets produce a standard or premium grade of fuel. There is an accredited program that is designed to help homeowners identify consistently reliable pellets from producers.  A quality mark has been established by the Pellet Fuel Institute (PFI) Standards Program.  Pellet manufacturers that choose to participate in this program are subject to regular,... Continue Reading

How are pellets made?

Wood pellets are made by recycling wood waste. It’s a fantastic way to keep tons of waste out of landfills and create an efficient fuel!  According to the Pellet Fuel Institute, there are over 1,000,000 homes in the USA and Canada that use pellets to stay comfortable in the winter. Most pellets are made from... Continue Reading

How efficient are pellet stove and inserts?

The literature for most pellet stoves and inserts today list efficiencies in the range of the low 70% to the low 80% range.  Because of the fine ash when burning pellets, it is very important to clean the stove on a regular basis.  This ash collects on the heat exchange tubes and other surfaces in... Continue Reading

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