There are areas of the country where customers are using the MagnuM pellet stoves off of the grid; Western Montana and Arizona to mention a couple. The Forest Service in Montana is using our model BC-DC up in the mountains where there is no power. The MagnuM DC powered pellet stove units are very frugal on power usage so they make a perfect application for wind power, solar and battery operation. There are several companies that provide small wind and solar units for small usage products like this or you can tap into your whole house system. The appliance requires a constant 14 volt with a solid 5 amps of current. Proper filters must be installed in the system to prevent voltage surges and variances in volts and cycles. The wind or solar generator companies can help with that.
The only problems that we have seen thus far is if the wind, solar or battery system does not provide a constant 14 volt input. This is easily rectified by having adequate battery storage and voltage stabilizers in the system. If the battery volts drop below 9 volts, the unit will automatically shut down. If you are on only battery power, the self ignition system will not work and you need to light the stove manually. This is a great way to heat off the grid and save precious energy.
Are you using your stove off the grid? Have you utilized solar, wind or battery systems instead of electricity to power your stove? We’d love to hear from you!
Hilary Rudkin says
Hello I live in Spain totally off grid. My solar system runs a fridge freezer, 32″ smart T.V. Computer. Auto washing machine etc., I have a 24volt system with 4 750 batteries and my panels give me just over 1kw. I have a tradishional log burner at the moment but at 67 and living alone I am looking for ways to make my life a bit easier. Will my solar system run a pellet stove? I only have to heat 80 square meters in total. That includes 2 bedrooms and a bathroom that don’t really need heat. My living area is only about 45 square meters. I would buy one tomorrow but am just a bit worried about the electricity consumption. I would be grateful if you could give me some advice on this.
Thank you, Hilary