Briar Masonry & Restoration

Frequently asked questions about buying a pellet or wood stove

-Q- Are there any government subsidies that can help with the cost of my new pellet or wood burning stove?


-A- Yes! Currently the N.S. Provincial government is offering upwards of $5000 towards the purchase of a new pellet or wood burning stove. Ask your Briar representative how to take advantage of these savings.


-Q- What are the benefits to heating with pellets rather than gas/oil/electric heat?                 


-A- There are several benefits of heating with pellets instead of other fuel types such as gas or oil. Pellets are clean burning, renewable, affordable, and available in most geographic locations. Pellets also give the smell and ambience of burning wood without the cutting, stacking, and splitting of cordwood, making pellets a more convenient option for homeowners.


-Q- Are there any other benefits of heating with a pellet stove?

-A- Yes! Pellet stoves can also help your family save on heating bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration and Canadian Federal Agencies, the cost of heating by pellet is well below oil, propane or electric. Interested in how much you could save? Heating with pellets also offers the ability for your family to better to control heating costs since prices for pellets are much more predictable than that of propane, oil and natural gas.


-Q- What are wood pellets made of?


-A- The pellets used to heat your home are most commonly made from a variety of woods and wood byproducts such as sawdust. These materials are compiled and compacted waste from industries such as lumber milling, wood construction, and sawmills. As a recycled product, pellets are an environmentally friendly energy source for your home.


-Q- What is the best way to store pellets?

-A- To ensure that your wood pellets remain intact and in good burning condition, store them in a cool and dry place, protected from weather and high humidity. In most cases, it is best to store your wood pellets indoors rather than outside.


-Q- Do wood pellets go bad?


-A-If kept in a cool, dry place away from moisture and humidity your wood pellets should not go bad.



-Q- How do I know which pellet appliance is right for my home?


-A- If you are trying to decide on a hearth product, there are several things to consider. First, you need to measure the area of the space you are trying to heat. This will help you determine the size of the appliance you need to get the job done. Secondly, you need to look into what venting options are available to you in your current space.  This is our area of expertise.  There is a reason Briar has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

-Q- How can I clean my fireplace glass?

-A- Need specific information on how to clean fireplace glass? First, ensure that your glass has cooled to room temperature. For a light coating or small spots of soot, you should be able to effectively clean your glass by wiping down both sides of your glass with a soft cloth soaked in mild soap (without ammonia) and water.

If you’re dealing with heavier soot deposits, use a ceramic glass-cleaning product, or a product recommended by Briar.

-Q- Where can I buy pellets?

-A- Wood pellets are typically sold in 40-pound bags for between $4 and $7 depending on the type of wood used and availability. They can be purchased at hardware stores, farm and fleet stores, and in big box outlet stores. In some areas of the country, bulk delivery is also an option.

-Q- What are the green benefits of heating with pellets?


-A- Pellet stoves burn very clean and are considered carbon-neutral, with low outside air particulate emissions of between just 0.6 and 1.2 grams per hour. And, because pellet stoves produce less greenhouse gases than fossil fuel systems they are good are a good choice for those committed to protecting the environment. They also help homeowners get closer to “living off the grid” and produce less greenhouse gases than fossil fuel systems.

If you have any further question please don't hesitate to contact us via the forum below, or call us at 902-412-3024.  Proudly located in Cow Bay, NS, and servicing all of the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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