2013 - Volume #37, Issue #3, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
No Electricity Needed For Gravity-Flow Pellet Stove
“It runs on gravity feed, thermal convection and natural draft,” says Gary Wisener in a video on the WiseWay website. “It’s all run by Mother Nature.”
The machinist came up with the design when he lived with his grandparents. He wanted to make it easier and cheaper for them to heat their home during cold weather.
The hopper holds a 40-lb. bag of wood pellets that last from 10 to 36 hours depending on whether the stove is set on low or high. The pellets flow into a primary burn basket, then into a secondary burn chamber where they finish burning, with ashes falling into a tray below.
Without any moving parts, the stoves are fairly maintenance free, says Matt Aguirre, Wisener’s business partner who handles production.
“We recommend cleaning out the secondary burn chamber and ash tray every 12 hrs.,” Aguirre says.
Because the stoves only weigh 113 lbs. and come with a wheel option, customers use them for a variety of things beyond heating homes, basements and shops. They are used in greenhouses, on patios, for tailgating and for heating wall tents on elk hunts, for example.
The burning chamber is made of heavy-wall square tubing. The pellet stove has a 75 percent efficiency rating with deflectors and a heat shield to direct heat to flow from the front. The back of the stove is cool enough to be within 2 in. of a wall.
The U.S.-built stoves sell for $1,799 retail and are sold through dealers in several locations across the U.S., including Alaska.
Check out the website for more information and videos.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, WiseWay Pellet Stoves, 7587 Unit 5 Highbanks Rd., Central Point, Ore. 97502 (ph 541 946-8108; www.wisewaypelletstove.com).
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