How does a pellet fire work?

How does a pellet fire work


Wood pellets are placed into a hopper (1)

An electric auger (3) feeds the pellets into a burn grate (7) at a rate determined by the temperature control

An automatic igniter (5) starts the fire (optional on some units)

Fire heats the air in heat exchange tubes (6) and a convection fan (2) blows this heated, uncontaminated air into the room where a stove is situated

There is an ash pan (4) below the burn grate into which the residue falls. Typically, a stove only needs to be filled once a day and the ash pan needs to be emptied only once or twice a year.

If my fire won’t start, what are the most likely causes?

If the fire will not light check that both the burn pot and burn pot liner are installed correctly. The installer will demonstrate how to position the burn pot liner in the fire and this must be clean and all holes visible prior to starting the fire every day. When inserted the low side of the burn pot liner must face the back of the firebox. This will ensure that the holes align correctly with the electric igniter (where installed) and that the fire will start.

Re-start the fire once these have been correctly placed.

What happens if the electricity goes off?

Our range of pellet fires need electricity to run. If the electricity goes off while the fire is operating it will simply shut down. When the electricity comes on again the fire can be restarted.
Pellet fireplaces use very little electricity, and during electrical outages they can be run using a simple 12 volt battery and current inverter.

Are pellet fires noisy?

Pellet fires contain two fans and an electric auger. Continued improvements over the past few years have seen fans mounted in a way that minimise noise. However, when the appliance is running there will be a small amount of noise associated with the fans and the air movement they produce.

Is the fuel supply guaranteed?

New Zealand has a remarkably large timber industry with a plentiful forestry resource. This resource is being managed for sustainability to ensure the supply is continuously renewed for future use. Because wood pellets are made out of wood waste from the timber industry, this means that the pellets by nature are a renewable and sustainable fuel source. Pellets are one of the only fuels New Zealand has in a large and reliable supply.

What are the pellets made of?

The pellets are made from New Zealand pine wood waste. The source material is sawdust and shavings, a by-product of timber milling, which historically would be disposed of in landfills. Pellets are 100% wood and contain no glues or chemicals. The natural resin in the wood binds the pellets together and gives them their glossy appearance.