Wood pellet stoves are a great feature of any home or building. They are eco-friendly and can help save money on energy. Wood pellets are made from recycled wood shavings and provide a reliable source of heat and energy for homes and commercial buildings. The stoves are a convenient way to burn wood pellets in a safe and effective way inside. So how do you go about setting one up?
Step 1 – Wood Pellet Stove Installation
Wood pellet stoves work best in open plan homes, where the stoves can distribute heat effectively across more area. If you have closed off rooms, the stove may only be able to heat specific rooms without a means of distribution. Ducted force air heating systems can help distribute heat into different rooms.
This distribution of air relates to an important first step of installing a wood pellet stove, and that’s the location and position. You want to pick an area that will provide the most functional use for you. Living rooms are the most popular room to locate a pellet stove. Most people tend to locate them on the bottom floor of a property too.
The location of the stove needs to take into account the surrounding areas and ensure there is sufficient ventilation and accessibility.
Sufficient ventilation is important for wood pellet stoves to operate efficiently. Although pellet stoves produce little to no visible smoke, they will produce exhaust gases, fine ash and water vapour. These by-products must be removed safely to the outdoors to ensure they don’t build up inside a home or building.
Different models and manufacturers of stoves will have different ways of dealing with combustion by-products. Some will have built in fans which will make the flow of air needed for combustion and the flow of combustion by-products much more efficient.
Fixing the wood pellet stove vents is the most technical part of the installation and should be carried out by a professional. You may find the vent system installation impacts the location of the pellet stove. This is why many stoves are location very close to an exterior wall.
Protecting the Floor
Stoves can be heavy and so you want to ensure your floor is protected. Every individual manufacturer will have slightly different recommendations depending on the model so check with the instructions first.
Some stoves will need specific requirements while others may offer a more integrated solution which needs no additional attention. Some may require additional layer of protection, such as an air space between the appliance and the floor protector.
Step 2 – Fuel – Wood Pellets
Ensuring you buy and use the best wood pellets will help get the most out of a wood pellet stove.
Ecowood Wood Pellets are the leading supplier of wood fuel pellets. All wood pellets are manufactured using clean wood fibres from softwood residues from the sawmilling industry. Using high quality pellets will mean the pellets can burn for effectively.
Once you’ve got the pellet stove up and running, you may want to consider buying wood pellets in bulk.
Once you’re ready to go, you simply load up the stove with wood pellets and get started. Add your pellets in small clusters, and let them go through the system before adding any more. Different stoves will have a slightly different start/stop process but they are generally all very straight forward.
Step 3 – Maintenance and Checks
It is recommended to regularly check the pellet stove. It’s always worth checking the hopper (the area where you load the pellets) before you put the pellets in each time. Cleaning is only required every 4th-5th use, depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines.
To clean it, simply use a brush and ensure there is no build-up of debris or ash. The main areas to check and clean are:
- Hopper – wipe away any debris
- Burn Pot – remove any build-up of debris
- Ash traps – remove any ash
- Glass – wash and clean the clear glass
You’ll also want to give the whole system, including stove and venting pipes a full service every year to ensure everything is in working order.