Installing A Heating Stove: Tips From An HVAC Specialist

So, you have finally decided to install a heating stove. Actually, in a small abode, this is an excellent alternative to running your furnace all winter. The radiating heat makes the whole house quite toasty. There is just one other decision to make; wood, or corn pellet? Here are a few installation tips and selection suggestions from an HVAC specialist.

Wood Stove

Wood stoves burn hotter, but you have to have an endless supply of wood. If you have lots of trees on your property or wooded acreage you can harvest, you could be adequately supplied with wood for a few years. You will have to cut down trees on your own.

The best part about installing a wood stove and having a lot of wood to feed it is that you incur NO monthly expenses buying the fuel that is already present on your property! Imagine heating your whole house with a wood stove and not paying a dime all winter to do it. That practically pays for the wood stove itself in a winter or two.

Corn Pellet Stove

A corn pellet stove burns clean, which means you will spend a lot less time cleaning out the exhaust pipe and more time floenjoying the heat the stove provides. A wood stove can heat a single floor of a house rather well, but it cannot heat the second story because it does not produce as much heat as a wood stove. Still, if you only live on the first floor of your home, or your home only has one floor (i.e., ranch style), a corn pellet stove is a much cheaper option than running a furnace.

Corn pellets are cheap too. They are not as cheap as free wood on your own property, but cheap enough as a fuel source to beat out virtually all other sources of heating fuel. Some corn pellets are also engineered to burn longer, extending the time and the mileage you get out of each bag of pellets.

Installing Your Heating Stove

Regardless of which type of heating stove you select, your HVAC specialist can help you install it. A vent to the outside to dispel fumes from burning fuel has to be cut into an outside wall. A pipe is attached to this vent, and then the opposite end attaches to the top or back of your heating stove. It is a good idea to install the stove on top of a brick-paved floor surface, to decrease the chances of accidentally igniting wood or carpet floors. Your specialist can help you plan the details while installing the stove.

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