Wood pellet heating has become popular in the world and in our country for the last couple of years, especially for its ecological and financial advantages, but it is still not so much represented. Below we will outline the primary benefits of heating with pellets.
Advantages of heating with wood pellets
Regional fuel – fuel can be local or regional origin. At the very least it is not a fuel that comes from the Middle East or from the unstable market of Russian gas. The closeness of the production of pellets further increases their positive, environmental impacts. When purchasing pellets, we would recommend you to buy one that is locally produced, because this way you are accelerating domestic production, reducing the pollution of the planet by reducing the distance that the product must travel.
Carbon neutrality - The life cycle of production and use of pellets can and should be close to carbon neutral. With natural gas, propane or heating oil, we take carbon that was seized in the underground millions of years ago and releases it as a gas that causes the greenhouse effect in the atmosphere (which contributes to global warming). When we burn wood pellets, we again release the same amount of stored carbon into the atmosphere, but that carbon was seized in the wood fiber in just a few decades, and if we manage properly with our woodlands (replacing felled trees with new), the entire life cycle results in virtually no net carbon emissions.
A relatively clean burning - Wood pellets burn much cleaner than coal. This is because the pellet combustion is supplemented with a fan that provides a constant flow of air to the furnace. When operating pellet heaters, as the electric heating element heats the pellet to initiate combustion, it produces little smoke, but once the pellet heater starts to operate, it no longer produces visible smoke (this is why you need to adjust the differential temperature of the a thermos relatively high - in order not to stop and start too often).
Rare stoking - pellet heaters have integrated containers that can be recharged every few days, and the majority of pellet boilers have independent containers that can hold the pellet for several months. Regular heating is not necessary – compared to wood burning heaters. If the pellet heater is your only heating system in the room, how long you will have to stoke, depends on the energy efficiency of your home, from the outside temperature, the volume of your furnace or container, and also how you adjust the thermostat.