Wood pellet boilers are used to heat homes and businesses with all the comfort people have come to expect from their traditional heat source. One million units are now in service throughout Europe, proving this to be a well-established way to heat. Suitable for hot water (hydronic) radiant systems, hydro-air, or forced hot air systems with the addition of a hydronic coil, wood pellet boilers function much like oil and propane boilers, with fully automatic operation, domestic hot water heating, and zoned comfort control.
Typically, an ignition element lights the pellets as needed, while wood pellets are fed to the burner in measured doses via an auger connected to an attached hopper or adjacent storage bin. These systems are convenient enough to be a logical alternative to fossil fuel fired boilers.
Of course, there are important differences between wood pellets and the fossil fuels. Wood pellets cost as much as 60% less, plus they are a sustainable, renewable, and carbon-neutral fuel source.1. Wood pellets are made in dozens of locations throughout North America, so heating dollars stay in North America.
Almost any home can be retrofitted with a wood pellet boiler, either as a stand-alone heat source, or as a primary heat source in conjunction with a secondary boiler which serves as back up, or in some cases, as a supplementary heat source.
Until recently, pellet boilers have been virtually non-existent in the US. European countries without fossil fuel resources of their own have been leaders in the push toward renewable energy. Companies in Europe developed products that could advance the comfort and convenience of wood pellets beyond what is possible with stoves. Pellet boilers are suitable for people who are interested in saving money, lessening their environmental impact, and keeping their heating dollars close to home.
*many people turn their thermostats up a little when they're paying less for the fuel.
Heating with a carbon-neutral fuel such as wood pellets is a sustainable solution that’s better for our ecosystem than are non-renewable fuels such as propane, natural gas, oil, and most electric power.
The terms "boiler" and "furnace" are often used interchangeably. This can lead to some confusion. Most "boilers" heat water but do not boil it. This heated water is then circulated to where it's needed to heat a home. The word "furnace" is most often used to refer to hot air systems, though many people use it to mean "boiler".
Hot water boilers can be used for most types of heating systems. Hot air furnaces are only suitable for ducted hot air systems. For solid-fuel-fired forced hot air heating systems, a boiler is usually a better choice than a hot air pellet furnace. Manual ignition hot-air pellet furnaces waste fuel by maintaining combustion all the time. Alternatively, automatic ignition pellet furnaces operate inefficiently by requiring frequent ignitions. In a boiler, the water in the boiler stores the heat and can dispense it in doses without the ignition being required as often.
Hydro-air systems are hybrid boiler and hot air systems.
Wood pellet boilers are a good choice for radiant, baseboard, forced air, and hydro-air heating systems.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has endorsed wood pellet heat as one of the cleanest-burning, most renewable energy sources on Earth.