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!