Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Wood Pellets are Here!

We recently ordered wood pellets for our stove for the winter. We talked my brother into coming over to help us bring them into the basement. I didn't get any pictures of them working, but here's a picture of the ginormous piles:


I hate to think about it, but we'll probably be turning this thing on within a month...ugh! We do love the feel of the heat from the pellet stove, but I hate to think about the approaching cold.

Here's a picture of the stove in action last winter. It's actually kind of pretty when it's running. The heat just feels so much warmer than our baseboard heat. We bought this stove when the cost of oil went crazy-high. Even though the cost of oil has gone down, the pellets are still less expensive than oil.

You can check out this link that I wrote last year for some ideas on how to conserve heat in the winter.

What type of heat do you use in the winter? (If you have to use heat at all?!) Do you have it ready yet?

9 comments:

Danni said...

I feel like I need heat today! It it 45 outside this am and 66 in the house! I hate this time of the year.....I don't want to turn the heat on for a while, but I have a feeling we'll be turning it on sooner than later.

We have gas heat!

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Nicole said...

We use electric heat and I don't like it at all. Our new house has electric too, and it doesn't look like switching to gas is an option. So we are seriously looking into Geothermal. There was an article in Time magazine last week about it and it sounds like a fantastic option.

larsinnh said...

What don't you like about electric heat (the expense, probably?) Although, electric rates are different throughout the country. The people I know who have electric heat up here (not many, most houses are oil), pay a TON for that kind of heat.

I've heard about geothermal, but I don't know much about it. Is it possible to add to an existing house? I thought that was only for new construction...

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Kristin said...

Electric heat is really expensive in NH, but it was common and cheaper in MI. Not sure why, LOL. We use oil for most of our heat, but we also have the propane fireplace (that thing can heat most of the house if we lose power!) We also have a wood-burning fireplace, but it only gives off a little heat -- very nice for our family room, though.

Our goal is to wait until Oct. before turning on the oil heat, but we rarely make it. I always justify starting early by just turning it on for a minute "to get the chill out of the air." It's over after that! LOL.

Rick said...

Wow! That's a lot of pellets. But I guess no different than stacking fire wood. I have gas heat/forced air and unlike you I am looking forward to cooler days. Ofcourse, we don't suffer for months in the cold here but I always think I can find a way to keep warm. In the 7 months of summer here I can only take off so much. Electric heat would be sooo expensive. My cousins in northwest Arkansas built new homes in recent years and they praise radiant floor heating. Not sure what I would choose if I lived in a cold climate. I'm sure it's a challenge.
Stay warm this winter.

larsinnh said...

Yes, if it was fire wood, you wouldn't believe how high THAT pile would be! We have to have the heat on for 7 months out of the year here (ugh)...which is why we have to get so many.

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