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2 Major Wood Pellet Burning Boiler Questions & Answers

Boilers are a very common heating system for homes in especially cold climates. While these systems can be highly effective, they come in a variety of types, and some homeowners may feel somewhat overwhelmed when they are choosing a new boiler for their home. Unfortunately, boilers that use wood pellets are often overlooked as a viable alternative, By learning about these two common questions and answers, you will be more informed when it comes time to upgrade your boiler. 

Do Wood Pellet Boilers Have Different Maintenance Needs?

Most people are aware that boilers require regular maintenance to keep them functioning correctly, and as a result, some people assume that wood pellet boilers require far more maintenance because they actually burn wood. However, these systems largely require the same type of maintenance that a gas boiler needs. It should be thoroughly serviced once a year; this inspection should include cleaning it and inspecting any seals. 

The one additional step that will be needed to keep it working smoothly is emptying the ash collector. As the wood pellets burn, they will turn to ash and fall into a special receptacle. The exact frequency with which you will need to empty this collector will depend on the size of your boiler and its usage. Luckily, the owner's manual will provide clear details on when and how to empty it. 

How Should You Store the Pellets?

Some homeowners may not realize that how they store their wood pellets will play a major role in determining the efficiency of the boiler. These pellets must be kept in a completely dry area to ensure they are easy to ignite for the boiler. Unfortunately, some people will simply leave these pellets in the basement, and this can expose them to substantial amounts of moisture. 

The ideal way to store these pellets is in an airtight and waterproof container. These devices are the best way to keep the pellet safe from moisture, but if you can not find a container that will store your pellets, there may be another way to reduce the chance of moisture damage. Installing a dehumidifier in the basement will help reduce the prevalence of condensation, and this can mitigate the threat of water damage.

A pellet burning boiler is a powerful heating system that can be ideal for those living in areas with extreme winters. Unfortunately, you may not know much about these boilers, and as a result, you may overlook this option when you are upgrading your boiler. For more information, contact experts such as Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems.