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Old 11-07-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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Was wondering if anyone is knowledgeable about the cost difference between using a gas and wood burning fireplace? Is the gas bill for the gas fireplace exorbitant? Kind of tired toting wood and cleaning the fireplace and the gas fireplace would be easier -- albeit a little bit different in ambience, maybe!

And does anyone have any experience with using a boiler for heating?
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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I strongly recommend getting a pellet insert for your fireplace. Pellets cost just a few bucks for a 25-pound bag, and you can run your stove 24/7 for a couple days off a single bag. They throw a lot more heat than a gas fireplace, and burn significantly cleaner than wood.

I've had a pellet stove for a number of years now, and would never go back to either a traditional wood fireplace or gas.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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I second the pellet stove. Had one heating 2,500Ft2 in the high country for $5/day. RP
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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I second the pellet stove. Had one heating 2,500Ft2 in the high country for $5/day. RP
Is it possible to make your own wood pellets?

One of my brainstorms is to take those beetle-killed trees and put unemployed men to work making them into stove pellets.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:54 PM
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Is it possible to make your own wood pellets?

One of my brainstorms is to take those beetle-killed trees and put unemployed men to work making them into stove pellets.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:54 PM
 
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Make FREE Wood Pellets for your Pellet Stove using sawdust and a pellet mill - YouTube
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:56 PM
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Okay, I don't really want to make pellets, but all kidding aside, when I'm visiting my sis and brother-in-law back east, who have used a pellet stove for years to heat their home, I can't sleep for all the noise that stove makes.

Are they making quieter stoves now?
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Are they making quieter stoves now?
The only noise is the fan, and those aren't very loud. I wouldn't want one running near my bedroom, but our pellet stove is hooked up to a thermostat so it is really only operational during the day. They're a great alternative to wood burning stoves. Note however that they don't do well in a power outage...depending on the chimney design, they might dump smoke into your house if the power is cut. You can use a simple UPS backup power supply designed for a computer or home office to provide enough power for a controlled shutoff in the event of a loss of power.

Mike, at least one company is already turning beetle-killed trees into pellets (Confluence Energy wood pellets Kremmling Colorado). Great use of those.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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Take a look at Hearth.com - Information on Gas Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, Gas Logs, Pellet Stoves, Fireplaces, Chimneys and Hearth Products. There is a world of information there. The forums (bulletin boards) has more answers than you have questions.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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I appreciate all the info about the pellet stove and inserts and I have been researching that. But I am still interested in the cost of using a gas fireplace. Anyone using a gas fireplace? What does an average monthly bill come to in the winter? And I know that depends on how much the fireplace is used. But comparing a summer bill to a winter bill, is it possible to extrapolate the average cost?

Any gas fireplace people out there?
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