Wood pellet stoves are a green way to heat your home, business or commercial location. But are wood pellets safe to use? In a word, yes. Wood pellets are safe to use, especially if you follow a few safety precautions. Learn more about this safe energy source.
Are Wood Pellets Safe to Use?
Burning wood pellets in your pellet stove can be a safe way to heat your home. Energy Pellets of America’s wood pellets are 100 percent natural. This means they burn cleanly and efficiently without harmful additional chemical additives.
The first step in using a pellet stove safely is making sure it is installed properly. If you are adding a pellet stove to your home, make sure it is installed by a reputable professional. Problems with installation can lead to smoke damage to your home, fire or even carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s also important that your installer pulls the required permits when putting in your pellet stove. This will make sure current building codes are met and the installation is done properly.
Other steps you can take to make sure your wood pellets are safe to use include:
- Be careful, it’s hot! Your pellet stove is a heating appliance. This means it will likely be hot to the touch. If you’re pellet stove has a glass front, this area can heat up quickly. It’s also wise to take extra precaution with children and pets around your wood stove. Children and pets might have a greater risk of curiously touching the stove and being burned.
- Dispose of ashes carefully. Your pellet stove should be clean burning and efficient. Minimal ash should be produced. Most stove manufacturers suggest cleaning out your stove’s ash bin on a regular basis, at least once a week. When you remove the ashes, place them in a metal container with a lid. It’s not a good idea to place ashes in a regular garbage can or near flammable items.
- Use a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide can be a byproduct of burning wood pellets. A properly vented pellet stove should remove all of this dangerous gas from your home. It’s wise to have a carbon monoxide detector to alert you should this odorless gas sneak into your home. Like a smoke alarm, a carbon monoxide detector will make a sharp beeping sound if it detects the gas in your home.
- Inspect your stove regularly. Inspect your stove frequently to make sure it is functioning at peak performance. Things to look for include pellet burn back, which is when the fire burns in the hopper. It’s also a good idea to look in the combustion chamber and inspect the vent, too. It is wise to have your pellet stove inspected by a professional at the beginning of the burning season to make sure it is in top operating shape.
- Use premium wood pellets. Energy Pellets of America makes premium hardwood blend pellets. This means our pellets contain less than 8 percent moisture, less than 1 percent ash and have a high value of heating energy. Using premium wood pellets makes your stove burn safely and efficiently.
Are Wood Pellets Safe to Use in a Fireplace or Wood Stove?
Energy Pellets of America’s wood pellets are specially made to be used in pellet stoves. You will find they are not as efficient when used in a fireplace or traditional wood stove. There are many products on the market that have been created to allow you to use wood pellets in traditional wood stoves with mixed rates of success. Energy Pellets of America does not endorse any of these particular products. However we encourage you to explore these products to see what may work for you. If you’re using one of these products, it’s important that you follow all of the manufacturer’s safety instructions.
Are Wood Pellets Safe to Use for Cooking?
Energy Pellets of America makes premium wood pellets. Our pellets are a considered a hardwood blend. While our pellets are safe to use for cooking, you might prefer to use all hardwood pellets in your wood pellet grill. You might also find that food grade wood pellets are a better option for cooking.
Are Wood Pellets Safe for the Earth?
Wood pellets are safe for the Earth. You’ll find a handful of reasons why wood pellets are an Earth friendly answer to your heating needs. Reasons include:
- Wood pellets are a responsible, renewable energy resource. When shopping for a new stove or boiler, you will most likely come across many options. Propane, oil, gas, and electricity are all traditional options for your stove or furnace. However, selecting a wood pellet stove or furnace lets you join the ranks of an increasing number of homeowners using a renewable energy source.
- Wood pellets offer low emissions. Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites that pellet stoves are one of the most efficient options for solid-burning heat.. Because wood pellets are a dense source of energy and contain very little moisture and very little ash, pellets burn efficiently. This allows the hot air produced by your wood pellet stove or furnace to be used effectively to heat your home, business or commercial enterprise. Statistics from the EPA indicate that each ton of wood pellets burned instead of oil fuel reduces carbon emissions by about 1.5 tons.
- Our wood pellets keep pallets out of landfills. Energy Pellets of America responsibly manufactures wood pellets from recycled wood. Because Energy Pellets of America only uses untreated pallets and does not use chemical binders in the pellet making process, our pellets are 100 percent natural and clean burning.
Get Started with Wood Pellets Today
Wood pellets are safe to use in your home, business or commercial location. Wood pellets offer a clean-burning, sustainable and safe way to provide heat. Energy Pellets of America makes premium, recycled wood pellets that can be used to fuel a pellet stove and more. Learn more about our wood pellets or place your order today. Call us at (937) 265-0676 to get started with our wood pellets.