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  •  Wood pellets in a properly maintained and (5+ / 0-)
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    gmb, kamarvt, koNko, A Siegel, LookingUp

    operated stove typically don't have creosote buildup that burning wood can create. My asthma prevents me from burning wood, but if I were to do it again, it would be wood pellets - they really do burn quite cleanly.

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    by shpilk on Sat May 01, 2010 at 06:07:54 AM PDT

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    •  in my case; (4+ / 0-)
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      ClaudeB, gmb, A Siegel, divineorder

      3 tons of pellets = the whole season, Oct-May.
      I emptied and closed out the stove for the year this morning.
      Total ash produced (and added to compost) = < 1 cubic ft. (2-3 lbs)
      Aside from startup, there is no visual smoke from the chimney either. It's impressive.

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      by kamarvt on Sat May 01, 2010 at 06:52:35 AM PDT

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    •  Have you ever heard of somkeless charcoal? (2+ / 0-)
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      In Asia, particularly Japan, Korea and Northern China, this ype of charcoal has traditionally been used for cooking and in some cases, for heating in winter bly placing a small charcoal burner under a low table covered by a cloth (to hold the heat in). You put your legs under the blanket to keep warm.

      For cooking, you have a small clay burner with charcoal at the bottom and a grill on top, or a ring shaped boiler with a cone shaped flue to maximize the heat transfer (the so called Mongolian hot pot).

      Both are very energy effcient and need only a little charcaol for each use.

      The heater can also be put between blankets vefore going to bed to heat it up.

      In fact, this method is so popular, in Korea, even in modern buildings it;s common to have a sitting room with a raised floor with heating coils under the sitting area to localize heat use (verses heating an entire room.

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      by koNko on Sat May 01, 2010 at 07:13:11 AM PDT

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