If you’re debating wood stoves vs pellet stoves, Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver is happy to help you decide! Check out below, the pros and cons of each, to determine what type is the best for your needs. And if you’re still not sure, give us a call and we can help you from start through installation!
Wood Stoves vs Pellet Stoves: Fuel
Pellet stoves are so named because the fuel that they burn comes in small pellets. They look somewhat similar to what you would feed a pet rabbit. The pellets are made from wood waste and don’t generally attract rodents or insects.
You can buy pellets in 40-pound bags, and as long as you keep them dry, they shouldn’t have problems. These bags are easy to stack and store for the winter, but you will need ample space to store them. On average people burn between 2 and 3 tons of pellets in one winter. It is generally recommended to buy what you’ll need at the beginning of winter in case there is a shortage later on.
Wood for your wood stove is almost always less expensive than other types of fuel. It can even be free if you can chop down trees yourself. You can also find other people giving away free wood at times. The downside is that it is a lot of work to cut it up, split it, and stack it. You also have to be careful to keep it dry and be mindful of rodents and insects making homes in your woodpile.
Wood Stoves vs Pellet Stoves: Efficiency
Pellet stoves are very efficient, and pellets rank as the solid fuel with the cleanest burn. Some models can be hooked up to a thermostat to control the temperature automatically. Also, the pellet stove has blowers that circulate the heat out into the room more efficiently.
Wood-burning stoves today are far more efficient than those of yesteryear. In general, they use a third or even a half less wood than their predecessors. They also have a cleaner burn. You see a lot less smoke and creosote from a wood-burning stove than from the old fireplaces. They even put off more heat.
Wood Stoves vs Pellet Stoves: “Cons”
Pellet stoves do not require electricity to heat, but their blowers do. The problem is that many people choose pellet stoves so that they still have heat even if the power goes out. Without the fans, it is hard to move the heated air around efficiently. This problem may be solved with a battery backup.
Wood stoves present venting issues. It is relatively cheap to vent a pellet stove to the outside. A wood-burning stove requires a chimney. It also has larger clearance requirements, usually a minimum of 1 foot away from combustible walls. For reference, the pellet stoves only require 3 to 6 inches.
We hope this information has helped you to decide whether you want to go with a wood stove or pellet stove. If you’re still having trouble deciding, contact us here at Chimney Sweeps of America in Denver. Our experts can help pick out the perfect option for you, then get it installed and ready to bring the heat.