So I get this pellet stove, right? It’s a Harmon p68, supposed to be the best one out there. When torqued up it can throw out 87,000 btus. It’s pretty. Has a beautiful flame.
I stuck it in my basement and conveniently vented it out the side of my house; 8’ of insulated pipe coming out 6” above ground.
My own personal Hot Stove Lounge — just grab stuff from the wall and go.
I live in the Yukon, in northern Canada so I buy 3 tonnes of pellets, basically pressed sawdust that looks a bit like rabbit dropping. A tonne of pellets works out to be about a cord and a half of wood.
The pellets come in 40 pound bags, thus 50 bags to the tonne. I go through about a bag a day, which, with the punitive transportation costs to get the pellets up here from central BC, works out to about $8 a bag, so it costs me $8 to heat my two story, well insulated home during at least the milder winter days. I’ll have to crank it up at -40º, maybe a bag and a half.
So, I’m liking it, a lot. But there is more.
Have you ever sat on a log and gazed into a campfire? Ya, well I get to do this every day. And it’s a lot better than your standard fireplace because the flame in a pellet stove is really energetic, it’s dancing under the pressure created by the fans. I mean, if there is a story in the flame of the propane fireplace in my living room, there is a full-on thriller going on inside my pellet stove.
Me and the dogs hang out there all the time, especially after getting back from our winter walks and skis; just toasting up and marvelling at the complexity and depth of life in the window of my pellet stove.
And I’m a better person because of it. I’m relatively green. I’m puking out relative few emissions, I’m eschewing the fossil fuels and I’m using a wood by-product that might other wise be discarded.
I think I’m a pretty impressive guy and I thought you should know it.