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A friend of mine has a killer pellet stove. You go into the room where the pellet stove is roaring and no matter how frigid it is outside you are warm and comfortable in his house.
I hate the cold. Despise it actually. Winter is for the birds as far as I’m concerned. I want to be comfortable and being cold does not equate to being comfortable in my book.
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So anyway, growing up we had fireplaces in my parents house. My dad got split wood and he would store it in the garage and I remember fires sitting around and mom making hot chocolate with marshmallows and life was good. Well life was good until the mice came. Dad was convinced and probably rightfully so that the mice set up shop in the woodpile he had in the garage and eventually got into the house.
My closest friends growing up The Kalousts had a wood burning stove and I’ll never forget sitting in that room on Sundays watching football and having that wood stove cranked. Oh what good times.
Wood Burning Stove
For me though after working 14 hours a day for 7 days a week I just wouldn’t want to deal with the hassle of stacking wood and cleaning up after wood and lugging the wood. Just seems like such a huge PITA when I finally get a chance to chill out in the winter after a grueling lobster season.
I love the idea of the pellet stoves but then I go on the fireplace forums and the purists on there seem like they are a bunch of alarmists that keep bringing up that fact that if your power goes out that the pellet stoves rely on electricity to feed the pellet hopper and the fans to blow the hot air into the room. Some also chimed in that the fans can be noisy. I didn’t notice a bothersome noise from the fan but I could see that if you really wanted to be able to heat up a house and keep pipes from bursting that you would want to be able to stoke the fire and if a pellet stove required electricity and the electricity goes out, then you are not going to get that benefit. To that point however Toby Pett brought up the fact that neither of us could point to an instance that we could remember where the power was out for such a long time that people’s pipes were bursting.
So then there is the topic of raw dog fireplaces with a flu and stuff. You know the open kind of fireplace where you throw logs in and you sit in front of an open fire with a screen in front of the fireplace. Now some people say that they actually suck more heat out of the house because of the open chimney than they put in- anyone want to chime in on that? Any while we are on the subject of an open fireplace has anyone seen these (new to me) biobricks? They stack up nice and evenly, look literally like oversized bricks, made of a wood composite and supposedly burn cleaner, longer and hotter. They also need to be stored in a dry place I believe but wouldn’t provide a nest for mice and insects.
Of course you pay for the convenience and cleanliness of pellets and BiobBricks over regular wood.
What are your thoughts? Do you use any of these? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments on this first ever GMG weekly open discussion-
Especially intriguing to me are the use of BioBricks for a fireplace for firing up when you want to get a room toasty but without having to make the commitment to the whole getting a cord of wood and stacking it and dealing with the mess deal.
Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth Has A Pretty Good website with pricing on it’s different products-
This from the Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth website-
BioBricks are ideally sized for wood stoves.
Packing density is optimized. This high density fuel extends your burn times greatly. 100% wood, no artificial binders Cost effective, 1 lb of BioBricks equals 1.7 lbs of cordwood
- Environmentally friendly using our renewable resources
- Clean burning – minimal smoke, creosote and ash
- Lights with newspaper, no mess, no chopping, no bugs
- Easy to handle 38 – 42 lb packs with 50 packs per pallet
- Lessens our dependence on foreign oil
- Safely and easily stores inside or out (6 mil UV pallet cover)
- Pallet size approximately 4x4x3 and is easily stackable
- Average burn time of 12 hours per stove fill
- Uniformity in size, density and moisture ensures predictable burning each time