Off grid pellet burner

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by oil pan 4, Oct 2, 2017.


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  1. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I am strongly considering a pellet burner.
    But I want something that doesn't stop working immediately upon a power outage. Something with its own battery backup or is DC powered, uses brushless DC motors.
    I know I could plug in a standard pellet burner to a UPS but that's kind of over kill.
    I have been looking around some but the finer points are a bit sketchy.
     
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  2. Out in the woods

    Out in the woods off-grid in-the-forest beekeeper

    There are non-electric pellet stoves.
     
  3. OldDude49

    OldDude49 Just n old guy

    got any links to said stoves???? :D:D:D
     
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  4. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

  5. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    The non electrical one is definitely cool.
    I will need something that isn't as tall.
     
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  6. Seepalaces

    Seepalaces Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    I don't get it. Why would you need a powered fireplace? Is the power for the fans? Like to deliver heat to other rooms?
     
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Fan if any, and the pellet feeding mechanism. Life is simpler with, but not required.
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2017
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  8. snake6264

    snake6264 Combat flip flop douchebag

    Why not just a wood stove that you can burn anything in it
    We would heat our workshop as a kid with pallets we cut up or scrap wood from projects
     
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  9. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    @snake6264 Because most folks are to LAZY, to cut & Split all the Firewood required to heat a structure.... They would be much happier to BUY a couple of TONs of Wood Pellets, to do the Job...
     
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  10. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Wood pellets because they are cheap and there isn't an unlimited amount of trees here to cut down and burn.
    Plus I already have a fire place and I'm getting a wood stove.
    I will likely buy a wood pellet mill and make my own wood pellets. So being lazy and just buying wood pellets doesn't apply here. Around here most people just get natural gas service and call it a day.
    So let's not worry about why I'm getting a pellet burner over a wood stove.
     
  11. GrayGhost

    GrayGhost Monkey++

    @snake6264
    ...or don't have access to standing/downed timber to cut and split...
     
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  12. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Pellet Stove Battery Backup

    Honestly I just used an old APC unit that needed a new battery. I put in a deep cycle from Wally World. Worked just fine.
     
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  13. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I guess if I put a UPS on the pellet burner then I will have unlimited pellet burnner selection.
    That's what I was trying not to do but I'm starting to think it's the best option.
     
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  14. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Unlike a typical wood stove,
    1,automatically feeds it' self from the hopper ,
    2 , thermally regulated,
    3. burns the material more through
    4. less emissions ,
    5. easier on old folk to use.
    6. a 6 year old can operate it.
    7 because of the blower assist, woods that do not normally burn well ,burn up completely .

    When I find the blower I want, I am adding the same features to my own wood stove.
    hopefully before this winter,
     
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  15. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Too big for a pellet burner. 20171003_210437.
     
  16. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Pellet stoves do not require expensive chimneys, don't require a permit to store fuel like oil or propane, are very compact, fuel will store for years if kept dry, are approved by most insurance companies, are with their fans usually kid safe, will operate from a thermostat while you are at work. That said, I burn wood in a good air tight modern stove and have never owned a pellet stove. If you wish to burn wood, and can not harvest your own wood, they are a very attractive alternative.
     
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  17. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I have about 2 to 2 and a half cords of very hard very dry wood split and stacked and at least another cord maybe even 2 in various states of being cut and split laying in the yard.
     
  18. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    I have a chipper (625 Vermeer) & make mine . Set it on super fine .
    Stove needs to be setup for the SS300
    Sloth
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2017
  19. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Working Monkey Founding Member

    Not too lazy but the convenience is nice to say the least.

    When i purchased My house 18 years ago, it came with a freestanding Jotul cast iron woodstove in the living room and a freestanding pellet stove in the basement.

    Obtaining wood here isn't what it used to be. Buying a permit to cut wood is a total waste of time anymore. First come first serve, if you aren't one of the first in you're SOL.

    Douglas fir is $200 a cord

    Douglas fir mixed with maple/alder is $250-$300 a cord

    Oak or juniper is $300 plus

    Anymore my woodstove is my backup emergency heat, if needed.
     
  20. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Working Monkey Founding Member

    To the OP

    When it was time to replace my pelletstove, I searched hard for a unit made by one of leading manufacturers with no luck.

    My old unit had a 12 volt connection but apparently this isn't offered anymore. I'm not going to say there isn't anybody that doesn't offer this option but I don't believe any of the leading manufacturer's offer it.
     
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