If you have recently purchased a pellet stove for your home, or if you are thinking about buying one in the near future, you may be facing some questions as far as their maintenance and upkeep. We are here to answer some of the typical inquiries homeowners seem to have. Check them out below!
Why choose a pellet stove over a wood-burning option?
Wood-burning stoves offer a more traditional feel to any home, but they require a lot of work and maintenance. Pellet options are becoming more and more popular because they are easy to use and require less effort to run on a regular basis. Homeowners do not need to refuel them as often and they stay a lot cooler, thus reducing the risk of injury for friends and family members.
What type of fuel should I purchase for my pellet stove?
Pellet stoves are typically known for burning wood pellets, but many materials can be turned into pellet pieces that are appropriate for this type of unit. The good news is that, whatever you burn, you will burn it a lot cleaner. Pellet fuel contains far less moisture than even the most seasoned firewood, therefore emitting less toxins and pollution into the air. This makes them a great and easy choice for homeowners everywhere.
How often should I clean my pellet stove?
As with all fireplaces, inserts, and stoves, your unit should be professionally cleaned and inspected at least once per year. If you use it often, consider bumping that up to two or three times annually. As long as you are relying on your chimney to pump out toxins and smoke, inspections are important for ensuring the safety of your home and family.
CSIA certified professionals, like the staff at Wells & Sons Chimney Services, know exactly how to approach any type of stove. They will be more than willing to educate homeowners on appropriate fireplace use, and they can address any needed repairs. They will also ensure that all leaves, twigs, creosote, and other forms of debris are adequately removed from the chimney.
Can I install my pellet stove myself?
We do not recommend performing any installations without the proper tools and certifications. The entire process often becomes a lot more difficult than it seems, and improper techniques can lead to leaks and other malfunctions. To ensure that your new unit is running efficiently and safely, call in an expert to set it up right.
At Wells & Sons Chimney Service we sell and install a wide variety of pellet stoves, so you are sure to find the right pick based on your personal preferences. Our staff is trained and certified in countless fireplace and chimney services, and we want to get your home looking great! Stop on by today to check out our great line of products or give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We’re a local company serving Pottstown, Phoenixville, Allentown, Gilbertsville, and the surrounding counties. We look forward to hearing from you!