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Forum topic by Jason White posted 10-18-2009 04:51 PM 10134 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2009 04:51 PM

I have a one-car attached garage/workshop near Boston and am thinking about heating it with a pellet stove.

Any insurance or code issues with this? Anybody have one in the shop and like or dislike it?


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#1 posted 10-18-2009 06:29 PM

I don’t have on in my shop but I do have one in my cabin. I’ve had it for 10 years and I’m very happy with it. It works very well – keeps the 1200 sq. ft. cabin nice and warm and produces very little ash. Only negative is that the price of pellets has been increasing rapidly around here (Idaho). A few years ago pellets were about $2.50/bag, now they are around $5.50/bag. I read an article recently that Europe is using pellets to generate electricity and are buying up pellets all around America.


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#2 posted 10-18-2009 06:41 PM

I have a friend that used to heat his furnished basement with a corn stove, toss in a handful of corn kernels and it would heat for hours. I’d been debating about getting one of those for my workshop, but haven’t had the grand to buy one. Much cheaper for corn kernels (at least here in Indiana) than for the pellets.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 06:53 PM

I have a small woodburning stove in my shop now….just getting close to needing it.

It is great…just throw in some scraps…and instant heat. I had to get the “CA” approved version though…more money…of course but it is the most economical way to heat. If you can find a home pellet maker…that would make more sense…otherwise…buying fuel…when you are cutting so much of the raw material seems a bit ludicrous to me….

I also am considering solar … but hopefully the govt will get off it’s butt and help us out there…it is too expensive right now for prime time…but I have a passive system for water and it is a great moneysaver.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 10-19-2009 12:37 AM

I bought a Vermont Castings Aspen a while back and have it in my basement where my workshop is. My space requirements dictated that style, long and narrow instead of wide. It cost about $700-$800 at the time but it is really efficient, the heat doesn’t go up the chimney. It’s lined with fire brick, has secondary air inlet tubes across the top that supply air to combust the hot gases and when operating the flames at the top due to the air coming out the holes in the tubes has it looking like the gas jets in a gas oven. It’s also thermostatically controlled by adjusting the amount of inlet air.

We get down to the single digits here and even below zero and that little stove can get my whole basement in the 80’s on those days if I let it. I’ll actually stoke it on a Friday night and keep it going till Monday morning when we have really cold spells. It works, it heats the basement and the heat rises and helps heat the whole house. On those occasions my boiler may only run an hour or two for the whole 24 period. (My digital thermostat connected to it tracks usage.)

I’m extremely happy with that stove and feel it’s worth every penny I spent. And the fuel is free. I just keep an eye out for trees being cut down.

As for homeowners insurance, the only issue is my deductible is higher if the damage is caused as they put it I think, solid fuel losses.

And codes, since mine is venting out the chimney the one code I know about at least where I am is that you can’t have different fuel type appliances venting out the same chimney. So a gas water heater or gas/oil boiler/furnace could not be vented in that chimney with the wood burning stove. That could be a national fire code for all I know.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 01:43 AM

Why not get a real wood stove then you can burn your junk and your sawdust and chavings for heat.

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#6 posted 10-19-2009 09:15 PM

I have two pellet stoves, and they are without a doubt the best heating sources I have found. We heat our home 3000 sq ft and my basement shop with them. We are in Norther Wisconsin, and winter can get a little cool. When we were heating with propane, we were spending $450 a month just to heat, and that was keeing the house at 65 degrees, now we heat totally with the pellets and spend about 200 a month and keep the house at 75 degrees, my little weiner dog is much happier now. We go through about 6 tons of pellets and get them for about 200 a ton. Both stoves are on a thermostat and come on and off as needed.

-- Ray

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#7 posted 10-20-2009 01:06 AM

It depends were you live, here a pellet stove is no good I have a wood furnace and I use 4 cords of wood “maple” at $200 a cord and here I heat from the end of September to the middle of April.
From December to the 1st of March we get a lot of 40 below

Here a cord is 4 feet high, 16 inches deep, 24 feet long.

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 11:57 AM

I don’t make enough scraps to fire a stove and don’t have room to store cord wood. I can, however, store bags of pellets in my basement.

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