Different stoves are available on the market, the pellet stove has also won over many French people. However, the rise in the price of pellets largely put off the new buyers and upset the older ones. But what about the shredded wood stove? Is it the one who will be able to offer a real ecological and economic alternative? We give you some info.
First of all know that this stove has several names that you will find in this article, so do not be surprised.
- Wood chip stove
- Chip stove
- wood chip stove
The wood chip stove is a highly efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective supplemental heating system. It uses chips from wood waste rather than materials recovered from the wood industry as is the case with the pellet stove. The price of the wood chip stove is higher than that of other stoves (electric, oil or kerosene), but its operating costs are significantly lower. It is also eligible for several ecological subsidies, including the energy bonus.
How the woodchip stove works
The wood chip stove is one of the most environmentally friendly methods of heating your home. Wood chips are used as fuel in this form of heating. These wood chips are also known as woodchips because they come from discarded wood from industry.
- The wood chips are conveyed by the inlet screw from the silo to the collector
- The chips are then transported to the furnace where they produce heat
- Heat is transferred from the stove to what needs to be heated (eg your house).
The collector also sometimes includes a water tank to put out the outbreaks of fire.
It is essential to pay attention to the company that will install the stove because they will be responsible for its maintenance. Therefore, it is essential to check if the company is not too far from your home in case of an emergency. The stove is space-saving; it can be placed where a conventional stove would go.
The storage silo is the one that takes up the most space; however, it is not necessary to install it next to the stove. It can be placed on another floor or even 20 meters from the stove.
You should take care of a wood chip stove like any other wood stove, which includes annual sweeping. You should also empty the ash container from time to time; since the wood chips are usually dry, the stove is more efficient and there is not a lot of ash. So you might only have to empty it once or twice a year.
The Benefits of Wood Chip Stoves
The woodchip stove has many ecological and financial advantages, linked in particular to the type of fuel it uses. Indeed, produced from waste which, until very recently, was not recovered at all, wood chips are today one of the cheapest sources of energy on the market.
Wood chip stoves are also affordable and readily available in France. Although the purchase cost may be higher than average, it is important to consider the 30% energy savings per year that this investment allows.
The woodchip stove has many advantages from an ecological point of view. On the one hand, carbon emissions from burning wood are clearly lessened, and on the other hand, wood chips are made from waste.
Wood chips are often much drier than wood logs, giving them increased efficiency of up to 90%. This results in greater energy savings, less smoke and less ash and fine particles.
The disadvantages of the woodchip stove
However, the wood chip stove has some drawbacks. First of all, it is not suitable for apartments or small residences. It is generally larger than other stoves and requires a lot of space for storage silos.
The price of the wood chipped stove
It is important to consider the cost of purchasing and installing a wood chip stove.
For example, if you have a 100 m2 house, you can expect to spend between 5,000 and 10,000 euros for equipment with a battery life of up to several days. If you want to save money, you can opt for cheaper models that only cost 1,000 to 3,000 euros but will not last as long (3 to 6 hours maximum).
In the end, it’s worth spending the extra money on better gear, as it will save you money in the long run.
The cost of wood per kilowatt hour is between 3 and 6 cents, which makes it significantly cheaper than electricity, the price of which can be up to 5 times higher. In addition, the fact of owning a wood chipped stove entitles you to ecological aids such as the energy bonus – aid that could cover up to 50% of its initial purchase price.