May 21, 2019
Pellets are an ecological and economical solution to heat our space. The pellets are small pressed pieces of plant products without chemical additives, with energy content much higher than that of wood.
Biomass heating beyond the significant ecological advantage compared to heating oil or gas is much more economical as a liter of oil corresponding to two kilograms of pellets costs up to 50% more (photo 1). (oil price in 2011 0 1 euro = 2 kg pellets = 0.50). A pellet stove consists of a high-temperature combustion chamber, an ash collection bucket, a pellet tank usually of a fairly high capacity for replenishing with fuel whenever necessary and the appropriate exhaust gas outlets. Pellet air heaters also have the corresponding hot air outlet ports. These stoves are very easy to use and incorporate a thermostat so they only work for as long as they need while they are automatically turned on by using an electrical resistance. Today, technology has gone so far that some stoves operate by remote control or even with our mobile. They have a very high thermal output which, depending on the model, can exceed 90%, and combustion autonomy of up to 32 hours. A stove can cover an average apartment of up to 100-150 sqm or a house without the use of any other heating source. Depending on model and size, squares are also covered. Maintenance of the stove is very simple and easy and can be done daily as long as the stove is cold by emptying the ashtray as much as needed. Cleaning and maintenance should also be carried out once a year by a qualified technician (photo 2). The plumbing plumbing stoves operate with radiator bodies to heat up the entire house and at the same time produce hot water. They use the existing radiators and the same piping and feed the heating network. Stoves of this type work only by connecting to the grid, their use without water can hurt them and all the heat generated is supplied to the heating network. Part of the heat diffuses into the space where the stove works, but it itself can not act as a source of air. Hot water production can be done by storing hot water in a boiler, but this reduces the power supplied to the bodies. The stove takes the role of an oil or gas burner, delivering the same result, with less cost and more respect for the environment. Both types of stoves require a smoke outlet of 8 centimeters in diameter and not the classic bourgeois, making installation much easier. Prices for a pellet stove start at € 850 with VAT, depending on your model, design and performance, up to € 3500 – depending on the heating needs we are going to cover or above, if they concern the plumbing . In the stoves we can choose various decorations according to our aesthetics and space. Decorations can be made of steel, ceramic or volcanic stone. Our pellet fireplaces give the same sense of burning fire with much greater efficiency than a normal fireplace and with the significant advantage of better combustion. Multifire fireplaces also use pellets and wood according to the desired result. The great advantage of using pellet is the autonomy that is provided to us since the pellet fireplaces will not need to be filled for many hours (photo 3).
How to Choose
Fireplaces and stoves with pellets have about the same characteristics. The differences lie in the chimney installation and exhaust gases and of course at the cost. Depending on the space we want to heat, we also choose the corresponding model. All models report how many squares they can cover, but it’s good to watch both power and consumption so we do not consume more pellets than we really need. Whether you choose a fireplace or a stove, we should make sure to use a chimney exclusively, the chimney thus only taking the smoke from the stove or the fireplace. Pellet burning is one of the most environmentally friendly and economical solutions today and is the ideal solution for heating flats and apartment buildings, as the installation is very easy and does not affect the premises of the apartment. Fireplaces and stoves can be decorated as we want to contribute to the decoration of our space and become the central spot in a room. What we must not forget is our obligation to protect the environment and to choose ecological alternatives. Oil is expensive and harmful to the environment and consequently to ourselves and the time has come to abandon it. Technology advances daily to new “green” modes of heating, motion and life.