Pellet Stoves and Their Requirements

Happy belated new year!

Pellet stoves are wonderful appliances in my opinion. They’re fairly easy to install and are a great alternative for those who don’t want the work of a wood stove. There are a few things to remember before making the decision to purchase one, however.

First, they do require maintenance. Much like your wood stove/chimney, oil furnace, and so on, they require yearly service which should be performed by someone who knows how to do it correctly. Basic hand tools are required as is a good vacuum and good dextarity. These yearly services include:

Cleaning both blower motors
Cleaning and securing the venting system
Anything else your manual says should be done on a yearly basis

In addition there are monthly and weekly chores such as cleaning the burn pot, vacuuming the empty hopper (important!), cleaning the heat exchangers, cleaning the glass, and so on. Your owner’s manual is key here. It will tell you exactly what needs to be done and when and it should be followed very closely.

The second thing to remember about pellet stoves is that they are electrical applainces and will only work when there is power. Back in December 2008 many people in the NH area remember there was a major power outage. Some folks around here were without power for weeks due to the damage. While it is possible to have a battery back up for your pellet stove, a typical battery will last a mere few hours before being depleted. If your pellet stove is your sole source of heat, this won’t bode well for you during a major event. Also, given that deep cycle batteries are required, be prepared to shell out close to $100 for the battery and another $150 or so for the inverter required.

Third, pellets themselves are subject to price fluxuations, much like heating oil. When oil rises, demand for pellets does also. How this may change in the future is uncertain. In the New England area pellet mills are literally springing up almost overnight and who knows how this will effect the supply and demand relationship here.

One more note about pellets I wanted to add is all pellets are not created equal. Different brands can vary in quality greatly, and yes, cheaper pellets do tend to have more quality issues. Find a brand you like and stick with it. I would be happy to make some recommendations.

Fourth and finally, the stoves themselves are mechanical systems which break down. Be sure you purchase from someone who can give you support and supply you with parts and service. Some of the box store stoves have good support from their manufacturers though the stores themselves do squat for you usually. And remember the old saying “You get what you pay for.”
Stay warm folks!

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)