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Quiz: How much do you know about wood pellet stoves?
by Staff
Have you always wanted to heat your home with wood but hesitated because you think traditional wood heating is too messy or inefficient? Well, results are in on a new way to toast your tootsies. Take this quiz to see whether a wood pellet stove is right for you.

Before the beginning of the 20th century, what percentage of Americans used wood to heat their homes?

  • 50 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 90 percent

At the beginning of the energy crisis in the 1970s, what percentage of Americans used wood to heat their homes?

  • 1 percent
  • 6 percent
  • 11 percent

What materials are used to make the wood pellets for the stove?

  • pinecones and pine straw
  • tree bark and leaves
  • sawdust and wood shavings

What do the wood pellets look like?

  • marbles
  • rabbit food
  • quarters

How are the wood pellets transferred from the hopper where they are stored to where they are burned?

  • by auger
  • by conveyor belt
  • manually with a scoop

How is a thermostat used to control the temperature of the wood pellet stove?

  • It controls the rate of the auger that feeds pellets to the fire.
  • It turns the blower in the room on and off as required.
  • It turns the blower in the stove on and off as required.

What is the function of the burn pot?

  • acts as a governor
  • acts as a carburetor
  • acts as a fireplace grate

By what process does a pellet stove heat a room?

  • conduction
  • convection
  • radiation

To insure the best performance of your pellet stove, what part requires periodic cleaning?

  • ash pot
  • auger
  • hopper

What keeps the stove's exterior from getting hot?

  • extra insulation
  • exhaust blower
  • heat exchanger

Why might you consider the insert model of pellet stove?

  • It fits into an older wood stove.
  • It fits into an existing fireplace.
  • It fits into an existing furnace.

Which pellet feed and hopper position is usually the most efficient?

  • top feed
  • bottom feed
  • side feed

Regarding pellet stoves, what does the term manual ignition mean?

  • The stove is lit using kindling.
  • The stove is lit using a liquid or gel.
  • The stove is lit using newspaper.

What is a disadvantage of a pellet stove as compared to a traditional wood stove?

  • The pellet stove requires electricity to operate.
  • The pellets cost more than firewood.
  • The pellet stove takes up more space than a fireplace.

In general, environmentalists consider the pellet stove to __________.

  • have a small carbon footprint
  • be carbon neutral
  • have a large carbon footprint

Which is NOT an important consideration before purchasing a pellet stove?

  • location of the chimney
  • steady supply of pellet fuel
  • structural support for the weight of the stove

What is the typical overall efficiency rate of a high-quality pellet stove?

  • 50 to 80 percent
  • 75 to 90 percent
  • 90 to 95 percent

In what range of heating capacity, measured in British thermal units (Btu), do most pellet stoves fall?

  • 10,000 to 30,000
  • 40,000 to 60,000
  • 70,000 to 90,000

What's a good rule of thumb for selecting the appropriate size of your pellet stove?

  • output of 5,000 British thermal units (Btu) per 200 square feet (18.4 square meters)
  • output of 5,000 British thermal units (Btu) per 500 square feet (46 square meters)
  • output of 10,000 British thermal units (Btu) per 200 square feet (18.4 square meters)

In the U.S., what is the best way to ensure that you are purchasing a quality stove?

  • Look for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sticker on the stove.
  • Look for the gold seal of approval pasted on the hopper lid.
  • Buy only from an authorized dealer.