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Coal over Pellets                                Page 4
COST - Coal cost is a lot less than wood pellets per unit of BTU. A pound of coal has almost twice the heat as a pound of wood pellets. The cost of wood pellets, at the current rate, would have to drop well below $100 dollars a ton to be equal to the cost per BTU of coal.

HEAT OUTPUT - Coal stoves are capable of putting out twice as much heat as most pellet stoves. Some coal stoves are rated at 70,000 BTU an hour while most pellet stoves are rated below 35,000 BTU an hour.

AVAILABILITY - Last year there was a shortage of pellets. Many people had trouble finding pellets and when they did, they cost as much as heating oil per BTU. Coal supply in Alaska is a sure and dependable thing.

PREDICTABLE - Coal has increased in cost at less than the rate of inflation over the last 20 years. Pellets have doubled in cost in the last 3 years.

LOW MAINTENANCE - Coal stoves can operate continually from fall to spring without having to be cleaned. Pellet stoves have to be shut down and cleaned at least once a month.

CONVENIENCE - Coal is sold in bulk, by the ton and by the bag. Coal can be outside without weather affecting it.

VALUE - Coal stoves cost less than the same size pellet stove.

CLEAN - Coal burns as clean as natural gas and heating oil which allows the use of a power vent instead of a chimney at the fraction of the cost.

RELIABILITY - Coal has been used for home heating for over 150 years and generates almost twice the heat per pound as wood pellets, corn and other grains. Pellet stoves also require electricity to work. So what happens during a power outage?

SAFETY - Coal stoves use negative pressure, which reduces the chance of gases escaping into your home if a leak develops. Pellet stoves use a pressurized system to blow the gases outside of the stove, which can push those gases into your home.
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