How long does a bag of wood stove pellet last?

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  1. Guest

    Tthe 40 lb bag. How long does it last, if say I burned a fire 8 hours
    a day or longer? Thanks.
     
    , Nov 20, 2005
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  2. Dan C Guest

    On Sun, 20 Nov 2005 08:22:21 -0800, needin4mation wrote:

    > Tthe 40 lb bag. How long does it last, if say I burned a fire 8 hours
    > a day or longer? Thanks.


    The question can't be answered. Depends on how hot/fast you are running
    the stove. Why don't you just try it, and find out?

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    Dan C, Nov 20, 2005
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  3. Guest

    In a 24 hour day I burn approx. 40-60 pounds.
     
    , Nov 20, 2005
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  4. Tim Killian Guest

    Greg O wrote:
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    >>Tthe 40 lb bag. How long does it last, if say I burned a fire 8 hours
    >>a day or longer? Thanks.
    >>

    >
    > A better question would be how many BTU's per bag.
    > Greg
    >
    >



    Wood pellets average 8200 BTU/pound, so a 40 pound bag has about 330K
    BTUs. The newer stoves are probably 85%+ efficient, so that yields about
    279K BTUs of delivered heat per 40# bag.
     
    Tim Killian, Nov 20, 2005
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  5. Guest

    Because I don't want to spend $2000 on a stove for an experiment.
     
    , Nov 20, 2005
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  6. Guest

    That's sounds like it could be VERY expensive.
     
    , Nov 20, 2005
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  7. Tim Killian Guest

    wrote:
    > That's sounds like it could be VERY expensive.
    >


    At the current price of about $200/ton, wood pellets are about half the
    cost per BTU compared to propane or fuel oil. Natural gas is still
    cheaper, but that could change if the price surges this Winter.
     
    Tim Killian, Nov 21, 2005
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  8. BobK207 Guest

    take a look at

    http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/techline/fuel_value_calculator.pdf


    how much pellet wood you consume is a function of how big a fire you're
    burning

    which is driven by:
    size of heated space
    indoor temp
    building insulation
    outdoor conditions

    asking "How long does a bag of wood stove pellet last?"

    is like asking "How long will a 40 lb bag of dog food last?"

    forever if you don't have a dog, not very long if you're running a dog
    team everyday

    cheers
    Bob
     
    BobK207, Nov 21, 2005
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  9. Goedjn Guest


    >
    >asking "How long does a bag of wood stove pellet last?"
    >
    >is like asking "How long will a 40 lb bag of dog food last?"
    >


    Hmmm.... I wonder if dogfood will burn in a pellet
    stove. No reason why it shouldn't.
     
    Goedjn, Nov 21, 2005
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  10. >> At the current price of about $200/ton, wood pellets are about half the
    >> cost per BTU compared to propane or fuel oil. Natural gas is still
    >> cheaper, but that could change if the price surges this Winter.<<


    All wood gives off about the same amount of heat PER POUND.
    Last year a face chord of firewood was about $50.00 to $60.00.
    A ton of pellets was $180.00.
    A face chord of wood weighs about 1000 pounds so 2 face chord weigh about
    the same as a ton of pellets.
    So wood is 2/3 the cost of pellets for the same amount of heat.
    In the advertisements they show a smiling guy emptying a bag of pellets into
    the stove like the last time he did it was a week ago.
    I can burn 150 pounds of wood per day when it is cold out.
    That's almost four 40 pound bags PER DAY.
    Either way, it's a lot of work.
    I think getting one of those ventless heaters is the way to go.
    We use one when it is 35ยบ or more outside because the wood stove would make
    it too hot in the house.
    They are not recommended for heating your house, just supplemental heat.
    We have no problem with moisture, running it.
    --
    JerryD(upstateNY)
     
    JerryD\(upstateNY\), Nov 24, 2005
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