Don’t get me wrong. I love my heat pump, but in the dead of winter in Maine, it just doesn’t seem to cut it. When we were building my house, we decided to go with the heat pump as my sole source of heat, knowing that at some point we’d have to supplement it with something else.
In November, I pretty much decided that I wanted to install a pellet stove. For most of December, I looked around at them. Having a pellet stove installed professionally is between $800 and $1,000. I really wanted to stay with my motto all along and do everything that we possibly could do ourselves. My insurance company finally allowed us to install it as long as we had a professional sign off that it was installed correctly.
Around mid-January, I found a pellet stove at Lowe’s that I liked and bought it. If you’ve never moved a pellet stove before, I don’t recommend it. It’s super heavy. The one I bought was around 300lbs. My Dad was able to get the stove out of the truck with the forks on his tractor and then place it on a dolly and wheel it to its current location.
Two weeks ago, my brother-in-law, niece, and nephew came down and we had a pellet stove installation party. It really did not take my Dad and Kevin more than a few hours to get it installed. It was a little frustrating not being able to use it right away, but that Monday it passed inspection with flying colors and Monday night I had my first fire.
I’m loving it, but pellet stoves go through a lot of pellets. My plan is to use the pellet stove, mostly at nights, when the temperature is in the teens or below. Even with the fan on low, the pellet stove heats my house up to about 70, which is 10 degrees warmer than I keep it with the heat pump. I also try to watch my electricity use closely and the pellet stove uses a fraction of what the heat pump does.
I’d definitely recommend a pellet stove. I am really enjoying both the warmth and ambiance of it. There is just something about falling asleep to a fire.