Pellet stoves are positive draft appliances using a fan to blow the exhaust up and out the vent. Because the exhaust is under positive pressure, it is essential to have total containment of the exhaust gases. This requires having a vent that goes directly to the outside atmosphere like a chimney lining system would do in your masonry chimney or a pellet vent that directly goes outside. Any joints in the installation must be sealed with high temperature silicone to insure containment.
Firewood can be an economical and environmentally responsible fuel for heating your home. Stored solar energy in the form of firewood has historically been humankind’s most available and commonly used fuel. Nothing beats the warmth of a wood fire on a cold winter’s eve. To help halt the spread of invasive, tree damaging insects, acquire your firewood from local sources. Firewood cut from fresh trees or trees recently infested by insects and disease can contribute to the spread of pests to nearby healthy trees. Transportation of invasive insects through firewood enables them to spread and infest more trees.
What has been brought to my attention is the improper use of poured insulation around stainless steel liners. From my experience, correctly installing insulation mix around stainless steel liners (to get a zero clearance rating) is a next to impossible. Besides the fact that this installation is widely and incorrectly used, manufactures seem to be pushing installers towards this method.
One of the great misunderstandings in the world of woodstoves is how creosote fits into the picture. Contrary to popular belief, creosote is not an inevitable product of wood burning. Creosote forms when wood is burned incompletely, and is an indication of improper use, poor installation, or a poor wood stove design.
If your stove has a catalytic combustor, it is critical that it be in good working condition, as the efficiency of the stove depends almost entirely on the cat. ? In general, If you have followed the instructions for lighting the stove, waited until it is up to the correct temperature, and engaged the cat, within a few minutes the stove should be burning steadily, with little or no visible smoke exiting the chimney.