Your Green Life: "Wood Pellet Burners"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

With the cold air back in the Northland for the winter, many homeowners are thinking about heating. Most home heating systems use fossil fuels, which output significant amounts of greenhouse gasses.

In this weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at a more efficient and inexpensive alternative.

Popular methods to heat your home may include burning fossil fuels, such as Fuel Oil or LP Gas. But recently, the demand for a cleaner burning and more renewable material has increased.

"The Wood pellet burner that Central Boiler and we sell is 92 percent efficient, so it's a much more efficient way to heat with wood", said Steve Pelto.

According to Steve Pelto, the wood pellets that MMT Heating distributes are composed of hardwoods and manufactured locally in Hayward, WI.
Pelto says there's a common misconception that these wood pellet stoves produce large amounts of smoke and require a lot of maintenance.

"The indoor pellet burner requires daily and sometimes twice a day maintenance. The outside wood pellet burner, if you have an external bin you can hold a ton of pellets, and that will go a month or a month and a half or so, the only maintenance is once a week ash removal" said Steve.

And in terms of the production of smoke, take a look.

There is hardly anything.
The fuel, which is the wood pellets, burns up to 92 percent so there is very little ash and smoke in this process.
Does having such an efficient system to heat your home translate into a cost savings compared to other popular heating methods?

"It'd cost you half as much to heat your heat your house with a 92 percent efficient wood pellet burner than it would with a LP furnace" said Steve.

But how do wood pellets compare to other fossil fuels in terms of greenhouse gasses?

"When you are burning outdoor wood pellets there is no net increase in your carbon footprint", says Steve.

So if you want to reduce your own carbon footprint and save a little green yourself try switching to a wood pellet stove.
In Hermantown, For Your Green Life I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

To learn more about Wood Pellet heaters, contact MMT Heating at: