Losing power has a way of making us appreciate the conveniences of modern living within a few hours, or a few minutes. As the weather turns colder, loss of heat can make it uncomfortable, or sometimes even impossible, to stay in our homes. At times like these, we appreciate our fireplaces and stoves more than ever. Using Your Stove or Insert During a Power Outage
If you have a wood-burning stove or insert and lots of cord wood on hand, you are likely in good shape to generate heat during a power outage.
Pellet stoves and inserts require electricity to light the flame, and many models are available with battery backup systems. An example is the Harman XXV
, which like all Harman pellet units offers a battery backup system as an accessory. Consult the owner’s manual to determine battery requirements. Also, keep in mind that power outages can cause power surges that can damage circuit boards and motors. For this reason, it’s a good idea to unplug your pellet stove during a storm when it’s not in use, or plug it into a surge protector. Another option for lighting your stove is to plug it into a generator, if one is available.
Batteries should be used as a power source only in the event of a power outage, as battery longevity can be affected by the temperatures of the appliance. So, when your power is restored, remove the batteries and keep them handy for the next time you may need them.
Remember that fireplaces and stoves make fire heat, so be sure no flammable objects are near them, and please keep children a safe distance away.
If your hearth appliance has been exposed to water in any level, contact your local dealer.
If your hearth appliance has been exposed to water in any level, contact your local dealer.Battery backup instructions are available here.