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It’s Probably OK to Store Wood Pellets Inside

A university study finds pellets stored in homes do not seem to off-gas dangerous levels of carbon monoxide

Posted on Aug 17 2015 by Scott Gibson

Researchers have concluded that homeowners who store wood pellets inside their homes are not risking unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide.

Summing up the findings of the University of New Hampshire study, Biomass magazine said that the issue had cropped up in the Northeast where a growing number of homeowners use the compressed wood pellets to heat their homes.


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Choosing a New Wood Stove

Matching the heat output of the stove with the heat load of the house, and leaving room for the quirks of human operators

Posted on Jan 5 2015 by Scott Gibson

Patricia Appelbaum is in the market for a new wood-burning stove, one without a catalytic element, to provide mostly supplemental heat for her 1,600-square-foot home. There are a lot of models to choose from, and that's part of the problem.


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Heating With Wood Pellets

What to like and what not to like about pellet stoves and pellet boilers

Posted on Oct 25 2012 by Alex Wilson

My wife and I have a sort-of love-hate relationship with our pellet stove. She leans more toward the latter, while I see the benefits outweighing the negatives.

In this column I’ll outline the primary advantages and disadvantages of pellet heating.


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What’s the Greenest Option for Home Heating?

Examining electricity and wood pellets for home heating

Posted on Jan 26 2011 by Alex Wilson

I've always gotten a lot of questions from friends, neighbors, and casual acquaintances about energy issues, and those questions picked up dramatically when I started writing this column two-and-a-half years ago. Beginning with this week, I'm going to devote an occasional column to answering some of these questions. (Feel free to e-mail questions to me, mentioning Energy Solutions in the subject line: alex@buildinggreen.com.)

What's the greenest option for heating my home?


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Understanding Pellet Stoves

Heating your house with a pellet stove is usually more convenient than using an old-fashioned wood stove

Posted on Mar 17 2009 by Alex Wilson

I resisted buying a pellet stove for a long time for a number of reasons. First, I would be tied to a fuel source that I don’t have control over — and whose price might go up if demand exceeds supply.

Second, pellet stoves don’t work without electricity, and I didn’t want to risk freezing pipes in the event of a power outage. Third, I don’t really like the noise of the fan and the blowtorch-like flame. Fourth, I had heard about technical problems with early pellet stoves. And fifth, good pellet stoves cost a lot.


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  1. Harman Stove Company

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