Pellet burning inserts have come a long way over the years. They now have the sophisticated look of a gas stove, but don't require the plumbing needed for a gas burner. Instead, they run completely on compressed biomass fuels such as wood pellets, corn, soy beans, cherry pits, and olive pits. For many homeowners, the eco-friendly efficiency of pellet burning fireplace insert is a big plus as well!
Can i remove a direct vet pro pain fire place and replace it with a pellet stove insert? Construction is a wood box not masonry. Front hearth is 18 inches box depth is more than 25 inches.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to replace a direct vent fireplace with any hearth system advertised as an "insert," as the installation of an insert requires an existing masonry or prefabricated wood burning fireplace and you have neither. If you must have a pellet system, I suggest abandoning the existing direct vent fireplace location and purchasing a freestanding pellet stove.
I'm tired of the wood burning fireplaces and the electric cost so much, I love the pellet burning insert, but I have an old wooding burning insert. Is it hard to replace?
Other than the weight of the appliances, the installation is relatively straightforward for both pellet burning and wood burning applications. Pellet inserts do require a liner to resize the chimney to a much smaller diameter.
I currently have a wood burning fireplace insert and want to replace it with a pellet burning fireplace insert. My chimney is wood framed with a double pipe. Can this be done with my existing chimney?
Most wood burning fireplaces utilize an 8" diameter chimney system which is much too large for a pellet appliance to vent into as pellet appliances utilize either a 3" or 4" system. If you were to install a pellet appliance, I would advise on using the 3" or 4" pipe the manufacturer suggests to ensure proper operation of the appliance.
If I purchase a pellet burning fireplace insert for my fireplace, would I need to run an exhaust tube through my wall?
Correct. A pellet insert can be vented vertically through the existing chimney by means of a flexible stainless steel liner. Either a 3 or 4 inch liner will be needed based on the appliance you utilize.
I have a propane fireplace. DESA modal #M36 (B, H). What exactly are pellets? How much do they cost? How long do they last? How do you add the pellets? Is it hard to switch out?
Pellet burning stoves and inserts utilize small, cylinder shaped compressed wood or biomass pellet fuel. The pellets resemble the shape of small oblong pills. The pellets are made from reclaimed bark and sawdust the accumulates at saw mills. Because of how dry the fuel is, as well as its superior density, it is an excellent fuel source.
Pellets are typically sold in 40 or 100 pound bags. They can also be purchased in bulk, if you happen to live near a pellet mill. A 40 pound bag usually sells for 6 to 10 dollars a bag and can last for a couple of days during peak season or a couple of weeks during the marginal use time of the year. A pellet stove and insert will have a special hopper that holds the pellet fuel. You simply open the hopper lid and pour the pellets into the hopper basin. The unit will then meter an exact amount of fuel into the burn pot to generate the amount of heat requested. Adding a pellet stove or insert requires a venting system to be installed, which can be challenging. It is recommended that installation be completed by a licensed contractor.
I currently have an FMI Builder Series Bungalow 42" woodburning fireplace #ER-3507. I would like to convert it to a pellet fireplace. Is that possible?
Unfortunately, the firebox dimensions of the Bungalow are too small to house even the smallest pellet burning insert. There is simply not enough space to house both the insert and the venting components. If you definitely want to use a pellet burner, I recommend using a free standing pellet stove and venting it horizontally through an outside wall. This would be your next best alternative.
When installing a pellet stove insert, what type of flue liner is required? Is it necessary to run the flue liner all the way the the top of the chimney and cap it? Or can you run the flue liner to just below the chimney cap?
Both wood burning and pellet inserts are very much the same in the fact that they should use a 304 or 316 stainless steel liner system, flexible or rigid, that is sized to the opening of the flue collar on the appliance. The liner can indeed be supported and terminated just below the existing chimney cap. It is not necessary to use a factory top plate and cap, if the existing cap is in good condition. Metal strapping or fabricated brackets can be used to support the liner.
These pellet stove inserts are made from high quality materials and allow you to enjoy the efficiency of a pellet stove without skimping on your home's appearance. One of our best sellers is the Napoleon Timberwolf TPI35 Pellet Burning Fireplace Insert. This model has an outstanding 76.3% efficiency rating and produces up to 38,250 BTUs of heat, which warms up to 2,000 square feet. It comes with a user friendly control panel that features an auto ignitor and thermostat.