Team Pellet Stove Edition
In last month’s blog about wood stoves versus pellet stoves, I took a look at all the ways in which I think wood stoves rock. My opinion hasn’t changed on that. I’m still a fan of my wood stove – especially with that colder weather moving in. There’s just something about the warmth and ambiance from a wood stove that I don’t get from pellet stoves. I would even go so far as to say that for me, the holidays don’t feel like the holidays without it.
But while I could go on and on about my love for all things “wood stove”, this post isn’t about that. No, today I’m going to wade into the belly of the beast and look at the advantages of pellet stoves.
The Green Choice
Pellet stoves are known for being a green choice. Because not only is the fuel made from recycled materials, but they’re also seriously efficient at burning those pellets. Did you know that EPA certified pellet stoves range from between 70 – 83% in combustion efficiency? This is important, because higher combustion and heat efficiencies mean less air pollution. In fact, pellet stoves are the cleanest, solid-fuel, residential heating appliances on the market. And making the virtuous choice isn’t without its rewards either – pellet fuel is tax free in many states.
The Economical Choice
Remember that high combustion efficiency thing? Well, it’s not just good for the environment, it’s also good for your pocket. Because it means that a greater percentage of the fuel you buy actually goes towards keeping you warm. Pellet fuel is also cheap, and as I previously mentioned, often tax free.
The Convenient Choice
If there’s one thing I dislike about wood stoves – probably the only thing actually – it’s the work involved in keeping that thing fueled. It can be a serious pain, and I always seem to be getting splinters! With pellet stoves however, you just need to bring in a bag, open it up, and just tip some in as needed. Moreover, a bag of pellets takes up a lot less room than a firewood rack, so it’s more space efficient too.
The Final Word
All in all, the pellet stove is a solid choice for those who aren’t as enamored with the wood stove as I am. There is a level of convenience and economy there that cannot be ignored. And with proper planning, the fuel supply issues I mentioned in the first part of this series can be easily mitigated.
At the end of the day though, there are advantages to both forms of heating. The real question is: which will work the best for your lifestyle?