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Old 11-01-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Pellet stove ?

Last year I heated with a wood stove, it sucked! I had to get up 4 times a night to load the fire place. I am hoping to use a pellet stove this year but I run my power completely off solar. I am concerned that the pellet stove will use to much power, anyone have experience using a pellet stove powered from Solar?
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Old 11-01-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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How about using coal in the stove VS wood.

I switched last winter to coal. I was able to go 12 to 24 hours between loading's.

Also way cheaper. I only burned just under two tons of coal for a cost of under $100.

If I burn firewood, The cost is $1500 to $2000 a winter.

I like you got sick of loading the stove every 3 to 4 hours, waking up cold, ect.

About pellet stoves.

Find a stove you like, and see how many amps the blower motor needs. Then you can calculate from there.

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If you really want to use a pellet stove, here is one that has a hookup for 12 battery power as a backup. The literature should tell the power needs.

http://www.enchantedfireside.com/bat...-pellet-stove/

This site says his stove uses 9.33 amps at 12 volt.
100 watts at 120 volt.

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=82849

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Old 11-01-2015, 10:01 PM   #3
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If you wanted to build a stove there are some self feeding pellet fueled rocket stoves


Or you could get a pellet basket for the stove. <<< This is what I would go for.
I am guessing that all the blowers are going to be about 60 to 120 watts as that is a fairly common range on 3 inch fans in general. So if you figure about 10 amps x 9 hours you need an extra 90 amp hours in your system not to mention the power the auger uses, which isn't much. You could always get in there and under power the motor if you wanted and do your own rocket(stove) surgery.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:33 PM   #4
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here is a non electric pellet stove....

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Old 11-04-2015, 07:50 PM   #5
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That is a damn neat stove.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:26 PM   #6
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That is a damn neat stove.
For $1900 it better be a neat stove.

I welded together a wood stove out of 1/4" thick steel sheet metal. The pieces of sheet cost $75. Stove gasket rope was $15, random bits were a few more bucks. The chimney system will be the expensive part.

Problem is loading it will probably have to occur throughout the night if it's really cold.
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$1500 here.

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Old 11-04-2015, 10:34 PM   #8
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Good stoves are not cheap. Pellet stoves are all in that $1600-$4000 range anyways. That is not to say all cheap stoves are bad, you just usually get what you pay for. Also how much do you value your time? If you were to sell me your stove you certainly wouldn't charge me $90. Look how many welds are in that stove think about how many cuts and welds and grinding that takes to make a stove that complex.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:44 PM   #9
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If it works as good as shown, I would pay the $1500, then use it as a pattern to build a stainless steel version, all tig welded together, with a better water jacket heat exchanger.

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Old 11-04-2015, 11:02 PM   #10
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Are they very new? I feel as if it worked as good as advertised, I would have heard of it already...
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