Pellet Stoves vs. Wood Stoves

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Recognized as the “darling” of the green home heating world, pellet stoves seem like a smart choice for any homeowner looking to warm up this winter. While they do let off considerably fewer emissions than older wood stoves, pellet stoves are not without issues. Here’s a look at the benefits and disadvantages of pellet stoves versus wood stoves.

 

 
Benefits of Wood Stoves
 
·      Fuel is plentiful
 
·      Can create heat without electricity
 
·      Fuel can be sustainable (when using a tree already knocked down by wind, or getting your wood from a sustainable farm.)
 
 
Benefits of Pellet Stoves
 
·      Very efficient in heating your home (75 – 90 percent overall efficiency)
 
·      Easy to operate
 
·      Create less ash and smoke than firewood
 
·      Pellets are inexpensive and made from recycled materials
 
 
Disadvantages of Wood Stoves
 
·      Less efficient
 
·      A chimney is necessary to direct smoke outside the home
 
·      May emit high quantities of air pollutants
 
·      More work to get a fire going
 
 
Disadvantages of Pellet Stoves
 
·      Must have electricity to operate. If the power goes out, you’re out of luck.
 
·      Can be more expensive than wood burning stoves
 
·      Pellets aren’t always widely available
 
 
There’s no doubt that pellet stoves are a more efficient way to heat your home. However, it’s important to consider more than just your fuel source when purchasing a stove. Will you need a backup battery in case the power goes out? Or a chimney installed in your home? These are questions the experts at Fireside Home Solutions can help you find the answer to. Schedule your free in-home consultation today and find the perfect stove for your home!