Hardwood & Softwood Pellets
When wood is compressed into pellets during the manufacturing process both hardwood and softwood are both compressed to roughly the same density. Because softwood has resins in them that have a high heat output, softwood pellets actually produce a greater heat than hardwood pellets.
Other factors include the species of hardwood and softwood used and the manufacturer. When trying different types of premium pellets, it’s worthwhile to try a few bags of hardwood and softwood. The best way is to try them for yourself and see if you notice an improvement.
Something to be aware of sometimes the pellet is blamed for poor performance when the stove is blocked with ash causing incomplete combustion. There are channels in behind the visible panels that trap ash and impede airflow. Always clean the stove thoroughly before testing different brands for the best indication.
Helpful Advice about Rope Gaskets
A rope gasket creates a seal around the door to stop air from slipping in thus reducing the effectiveness and efficiency of the unit. These will go bad over time due to age and general wear. A quick easy way to test if your gasket is going bad is by doing a dollar bill test. Do this on a cold stove, slip the bill halfway in and close the door. With the money inserted gently pull the dollar bill out, if there is little to no resistance your gaskets need replacing. Another way to check is by starting up your fireplace and checking for soot building on one spot of the glass; this will also show if the gasket is leaking.
If you find that you do need to replace your gasket, we carry many different sizes of rope gaskets. Stop by Byler’s Stove Shoppe and speak with Marty about picking up some new rope lengths, please have the brand and model of your unit on hand, so he can help you find the correct sizes. If you are not sure which brand or model you have, bring in a piece of the rope and he can match it up for you.
We offer a gasket replacement service upon inspection of the door. Contact us for more information.
When Choosing the Best Fire Feature for Your Home or Business
At Byler’s Stove Shoppe we are interested in providing products that best suit the specific needs of our customers. A few questions will help determine what will best suit your style. Our Installers are trained to the highest standards in the industry (NFI) to ensure customer safety and satisfaction. We take very seriously the fact that we are putting fire in your home and that you require a safe, professional installation.
Most residential heating/HVAC systems are connected to duct work that is room to room which heats/cools the entire home. Modern Heat Pumps are very efficient sources of heat; however, in extremely cold temperatures, their ability to heat is diminished. One answer to this problem is a supplemental heat source like wood, pellet, or gas. Freestanding stoves and built-in fireplaces and inserts are considered “zone” heaters, not primary heat sources. How much of the home they will heat depends on the rated output of the unit, open or closed floor plan, single story or 2 story, ceiling height, quality of insulation, efficiency of windows/doors, and location of stove/fireplace. Even beyond the heating of a stove or fireplace, it creates an inviting place for family and friends to gather.
A few questions that will help steer you in a direction…
I am concerned about heat during a power outage? Pellet Stoves require electricity. (pellet stoves will operate on a small portable generator.) Wood stoves and gas stoves/fireplaces are great options. Our gas fireplaces and stoves will heat during a power failure.
Is convenience of operation and lower maintenance the main concern? Gas units will fit the bill. Our units are mid to upper level units that can be coupled with fully functional remotes.
Economy of operation? This depends on the market fluctuation of fossil fuels. If you have access to good dry firewood and don’t mind the physical labor involved, this is a great option. Pellet stoves would be another consideration if you are committed to maintaining the unit. Pellet stoves are a great option but require higher maintenance than wood stoves.
Frequency of operation? Is the unit more for ambiance and decor than for heat?