Consider a wood or wood pellet stove as a great solution to reducing your high heating costs. Each offers not only a dramatic focus to any room, but also a great way to add a primary or secondary heating system to your home. Both burn wood, which is carbon neutral, making either choice better for the environment than natural gas or petroleum-based fuels. Although wood may be more accessible, wood pellets offer the added benefit of burning cleaner.
Wood stoves still remain the traditional choice, but wood pellet stoves are gaining in popularity for their convenience and earth-friendly appeal.
Whether choosing either type of stove, use the following questions to find the right solution for you:
What type of installation do you want? Freestanding or insert?
How much space do you need to heat?
How much effort do you want to take to heat your home?
What type of fuel do you wish to burn?
What options or features do you want?
Whether you want a free-standing unit or a fireplace insert as a heating source for your home, we make shopping for a wood or wood pellet stove easy. Find out what it takes to install, learn the performance benefits and drawbacks and how to choose the best fuel for your lifestyle.
Selecting the right model for your home
|Wood Stoves||Wood Pellet Stoves|
Featuring the lowest particulate matter emissions of all select fuels, wood pellets typically come from either mills as scrap wood, furniture manufacturers, recycling centers, roadside scraps, nuts, sawdust logging residue or paper packaging plants.
They are dried and compressed into small cylinder-shaped pieces of wood similar to dynamics of rabbit food. Their density allows them to burn more efficiently, producing a lot of heat and very little ash. Varying from 3/8’’ to 1’’ in size, pellets are sold in bags or by the ton.
Wood Pellet Stoves By the numbers
Freestanding models can heat from 1,000-to-3,000 sq. ft.
Burns about 15% more efficiently than wood stoves
Uses less electricity than four 100-watt light bulbs even on the “high” setting
Pellets contain about 15%-50% less moisture than wood
A 40-lb bag can provide 20 hours of non-stop heat
Some hoppers can hold 240 lbs of pellets
One ton of pellets equals 2.8 barrels of oil
How It Works
Two types of feeder options are available:
Bottom feeder: This system doesn’t need high-grade pellets but requires you to remove ash regularly (a large easy-to-use ash pan makes cleanup easier)
Top feeder: This system has less chance of fire burning back into hopper, but is more likely to become impeded with ash and clinkers--deposits caused by reheated ash. Because of this, it is recommended that you use high-grade, low-ash pellets.