cold women need warm hearths

In my last post, I mentioned that I need heat. I am a cold woman! So, if asked what is my favourite item in my home, I will reply, without hesitation “Monica”!

Monica Pellet Stove
Monica Pellet Stove by Ravelli
Monica is my Italian pellet stove by Ravelli. She sits quietly in the corner of my kitchen and keeps me warm through cold winters, miserable Irish weather and chilly summer evenings. She is elegant and her flickering flame offers visual comfort and a warm welcome to those who visit our home.
Monica has been  keeping our family warm since 2005.
Modern wood pellet stoves offer the warmth and comfort of wood heating but are highly efficient, clean burning and totally automatic, saving you time and money.
Wood Pellet
Wood Pellet

Wood pellets are a clean, dry fuel made from a mixture of sawdust and wood shavings. Wood pellets are a high energy, smoke free fuel. Unlike other solid fuels, they are easy to handle and create almost no ash.

carbon cycle

carbon cycle

Wood pellets are a renewable source of energy and do not contribute to climate change.The carbon dioxide that is released when pellets are burned is equal to the amount the tree consumed when it was growing. Wood pellets are manufactured with wood from sustainable forests. Only buy pellets with a quality mark and a complete fuel analysis printed on the bags. Look for the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) labelWood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) scheme for Ireland

How a Pellet Stove Works

How a pellet stove worksHow a pellet stove works

1. Front/rear air switching lever
2. Rear air output pipe
3. Pellet hopper
4. Smoke flue
5. Tube heat exchanger
6. Smoke extractor  
7. Graphic Display 
8. Majolica top
9. Humidifier tray
10. Front hot air exit grate
11.Glass-cleaning air duct
12. Steel flame guard 
13.Glass-ceramic window, heat resistance 750°C
14. Firex 600
15. Stainless steel burner
16. Primary air intake
17. Ash pan
18. Majolica sides
When the stove is switched on, the flame lights following the combined action of three elements:
  1.  Air that enters the stove via a primary air input duct (19) and reaches the burner (17)
  2.  The pellet that is taken from the hopper (3) and dropped into the burner (17) via the screw
  3.  The resistance, that activates combustion as it heats up
Combustion generates smoke which, coming into contact with the exchanger (5), releases all its heat. The released heat is then conveyed to the room through the hot air output front grill (10). The combustion smoke then continues to circulate through the smoke duct (4), before being expelled by the extractor (6).
The whole mechanism is monitored by an electronic board fitted with a microprocessor which, by means of the various sensors and probes inside the stove, regulates the air flow and feed so as to optimise combustion.
In this case, the stove is ducted, the hot air also passes through the rear (2) before been conveyed to adjacent rooms. The quantity of front & rear air is regulated by lever (1)

Quality is of paramount importance when choosing a pellet stove and sourcing pellets. Pellet stoves can either be free standing or fireplace inserts. Wood pellet stoves are also available with a back boiler to feed into your central heating A simple control panel on the appliance or on an adjacent wall allows you to set the temperature required in the room. The latest innovation allows remote control by mobile phone. By simply making a short call on your way home, you can return to a warm living room.

If you would like more information on pellet stoves just visit our stove website  

About Pat Murphy

True to me; Mother, Wife, Friend, Environmentalist; Living comfortably; Being warm; Knowing what's enough; Chair of WFQA (Irish wood fuel quality assurance scheme)
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