Pellet Stoves are becoming more and more popular today as people seek to save money on heating their homes while maintaining the ease and convenience of oil or gas. One of the advantages -A pellet stove is clean-burning. When your homemade wood stove is functioning properly, there are no fumes or soot being emitted into your home. Pellet stoves are not only cleaner than fireplaces and considered carbon neutral by many environmentalists, but they’re easy to operate. One disadvantage- Pellet stoves compared to fireplaces is that they require electricity to operate. That means if the power goes out, so does your stove.

Losing power to your pellet stove is dangerous for several reasons. The least of which is that your home’s temperature will drop. There are a few preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of losing power to your wood stove, each with its pros and cons. What happens when your pellet stove loses power? If you have a burn pot full of pellets at the time the power fails, you may find yourself with more problems than just being cold. When the power goes out your electric appliances will stop functioning. But that does not mean that the fire in your pellet stove will suddenly stop burning. What will stop are the motors that control the burning and heat distribution processes of your pellet stove. The result - there will be no air circulating to the fire box, causing the fire to lack oxygen, which in turn causes the pellets not to burn completely. Additionally, the exhaust fan will be unable to vent the gases, causing the wood stove to fill with smoke. With nowhere to go, the smoke will be released into the room, leaving a permeating odor along with mild fire damage in the form of black, sticky soot that covers walls, furnishings, and home décor. When it is unclear for how long you will be without power, this is a potentially dangerous situation for any homeowner with a pellet stove. Once smoke starts filling your room, the only solution is to open your windows to create some ventilation (which is not ideal when you’re unsure as to what time your heat can be restored). You will also be stuck with incompletely combusted pellets. The SureFire SF512 is your solution!

The SF512 battery backup interfaces between your pellet stove and its AC wall outlet. As you can see in the illustration- the unit is connected to the pellet stove, a battery, and your AC power outlet.

Backup battery for Pellet stove and AC Utility Power Setup

When AC power is present, that power charges the battery and operates your wood stove as usual. But as soon as the AC power goes out, the battery backup kicks in and your stove continues operating without missing a beat. The battery backup automatically converts the energy stored in the battery to AC power. This assures operation of the pellet stove without interruption, and without any involvement needed from the homeowner. When AC utility power is restored, the Surefire 512 reinstates AC utility power as the prime energy source to operate the pellet stove. Simultaneously and automatically, the Surefire 512 commences the recharging of the battery, to return it to full capacity in preparation for the next power failure. One major benefit: It gives you a fair amount of time to react to the situation. You may come home to find that the power has gone out, but if you have an automatic battery backup in place, you will find that your stove is operating as usual. You can then take time to properly shut down the appliance and avoid the dangers that come with sudden power loss. In rural areas where power outages can last a long time, the battery backup can provide substantial additional heating time, if needed, to keep you warm.

The SureFire SF512 Highlighted

  • Up to 8 hrs. of operation with a 12volt deep cycle marine battery with a minimum 90 amp hr. battery or you could say a Group 27 or bigger (the amp hours is the size and how long it should last, minimum of 90.)
  • Up to 24 hrs. or more of backup with an expanded battery bank- Max 3 batteries
  • Battery Backups for Pellet Stoves Operate Silently
  • Automatic Power Transfer: you do not have to be present to turn on your backup system
  • Automatic Recharge: no additional battery charger needed
  • Easy Hook-up: no special wiring or tools are needed, and it plugs into standard wall outlets
  • Maintenance-free Operation: needs no fuel, has no moving parts, and requires no tune-up

User should verify that the electrical power consumption of the heating appliance intended for connection to the SF 512 is rated less than 450 Watts continuous. Should it exceed 450 Watts, the SF 512 is unsuitable for the application. The Harmon Stove H512 use the SF512.

Not Compatible with Pure Sine Waves Units- examples- Quadra-Fire, St Croix.