Wood Burning Stoves VS Pellet Burning Stoves
Which is better? A modern wood burning stove or the new pellet burning stoves?
For those who don’t know what a pellet-burning stove is, it’s pretty much the same thing as a wood-burning stove, but slightly redesigned to burn specially-made fuel.
Proponents of pellet burning stoves cite lower moisture content, more heat, less smoke and particulate emissions, and an efficiency of somewhere between 75% and 90%. Another great thing about pellet stoves is that they are more convenient. You put the pellets into a hopper on most models, which is attached to a temperature guage. Once the temperature drops below a certain zone the hopper releases more pellets into the fire. Pretty neat!
Other than the slightly higher price of the unit, the fact that they shouldn’t be installed in mobile homes in the United States – according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – and the ongoing cost of pellets, my main concern with pellet-burning stoves over the new wood burning stoves is that wood is readily available. If we’re snowed in and someone forgot to buy more “pellets” at the store, what do you do then? You would probably burn wood in there anyway at that point, but then it wouldn’t be optimized for wood because it’s a pellet stove.
Having a wood burning stove provides the security that as long as you have a wood lot on your property you will be able to keep your family warm all winter for free.
That’s why I think I’ll be going to read this wood burning stove review so I can get my head around all the different brands out there and start comparing the pros and cons of each. I’m still open to the idea of a pellet or corn burning stove, but they’d have to be 95% efficient and I’d need a two year supply of quality, inexpensive pellets. Also, if the pellet machine could run JUST as well on chopped wood – that would be a huge draw for me.
Also see a reader-submitted discussion on: Fireplaces VS Wood Burning Stoves.
Category: Renewable Energy