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Which Stove is Right for Me: Wood-Burning, Gas, or Pellet?

fpi1You would like to get a stove to use as a heating appliance this winter, but you are not sure which fuel type is right for your home. With the options of high-efficiency wood-burning, gas, and pellet stoves, choosing the best fuel source for you can be challenging. The Cozy Flame sells all three types of stoves, and our expert staff know the benefits and downsides of each fuel source. We would like to share with you these pros and cons about wood-burning, gas, and pellet stoves to help you make the right choice for you.

 

WOOD-BURNING STOVES

Advantages

  • With new technology, wood-burning stoves are both clean-burning and energy-efficient, even earning certification from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on emissions testing.
  • Firewood is relatively cheap, especially if you cut and dry it yourself.
  • You can always depend on heat from wood-burning stoves because you do not have to rely on electricity or gas to have a fire.

Disadvantages

  • Having to bring firewood in from outside can be a tiresome chore.
  • Firewood can require a large area of storage space outside of your home.
  • You do not get a long period of burning time as you must tend to a wood-burning fire frequently, even every four hours.

 

GAS STOVES

Advantages

  • Gas stoves have the most convenience as all you have to do is press a button to start a fire. Some models can even be operated by remote control.
  • A gas-fueled fire emits fewer toxins than a fire fueled with wood.
  • Relatively maintenance-free, you don’t have to clean up the mess that occurs with a wood-burning stove.

Disadvantages

  • If you do not have a natural gas connection to your home, this type of stove cannot be installed in your home.
  • The price of natural gas tends to fluctuate, so it can be hard to budget your heating costs.
  • For some people, a gas flame will never be the same as a wood-burning fire because of the appearance, smells, and sounds of a wood fire.

 

PELLET STOVES

Advantages

  • Pellet stoves rank the highest in the environmentally-friendly category. The pellets are made from recycled sawdust and wood shavings. Compacted tightly, pellets burn much cleaner than firewood.
  • The cost of pellets is relatively inexpensive. Additionally, users tend to notice lower heating costs when operating a pellet stove as a heating appliance.
  • Easy to use, you just open the hopper, pour the amount of pellets inside the hopper, and then turn on the stove.

Disadvantages

  • Since pellet stoves rely on electricity to operate, you will be without heat if your power goes out during bad weather.
  • Although pellet stoves are cheaper to operate, they usually cost more than the other two types of stoves.
  • Burning pellets generally leaves a mess behind, so the cleaning involved may not be what you want to do on a regular basis.

 

If you have more questions about any of these types of stoves, contact The Cozy Flame today. We can help you decide which type is the best fit for you.

Options for a Wood-Burning Stove

Knowing your options and their corresponding advantages can help ease the selection process. Call us now.

Knowing your options and their corresponding advantages can help ease the selection process. Call us now.

If you have a room without a fireplace and want to give it the warm, cozy atmosphere that burning wood provides, a wood-burning stove is a great economical and eco-friendly choice to help heat your home. However, these types of stoves are not what they used to be, and it can be overwhelming when you are shopping for a wood-burning stove, with all of the improvements and features available. At The Cozy Flame, we carry both Regency and Napoleon wood-burning stoves, and each brand features stoves with different options so you can find the perfect stove for your house. What are the options for a wood-burning stove? We would like to tell you more about the options of wood-burning stoves, with the help of the article “How to Buy the Right Wood Heat Stove” from Wood Heat Organization, Inc, a non-profit agency dedicated to the responsible use of burning wood to heat homes.

● material

You have two options in the materials used to build your wood-burning stove: cast iron or welded steel. In terms of durability and heating performance, there is not much difference between the two. The differences matter in looks and price. Only cast iron wood stoves feature graceful curves and artistic relief patterns; however, steel stoves are much more less expensive.

● emissions

All wood-burning stoves today emit less pollutants, and many are EPA-certified to be low in emissions. The Cozy Flame carries several models of these EPA-certified, eco-friendly wood stoves, if you are concerned about polluting the air.

● efficiency

Due to the EPA mandatory emission limits, wood-burning stoves are one-third more efficient today than the old box and pot belly stoves in the days past. Using clean burning technology, some wood stoves we carry at the Cozy Flame exceed environmental standards.

● heat output

For wood-burning stoves, heat output is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs), and the range of heat output for these types of stoves is 25,000 to 80,000. The larger the heat output, the larger the area the stove can heat.

● heat capacity

To make things simple, wood-burning stoves come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. With a firebox volume of less than 2 cubic feet, small stoves can heat a large room or a small camping cabin. Medium stoves have a firebox volume of 2 to 3 cubic feet and will heat a small to medium sized house. Able to heat a larger home as well as a leakier house, large stoves have a firebox volume greater than 3 cubic feet.

● burn time

Burn time actually depends more on wood species and moisture content as well as how much heat is needed during the burn. Medium and large stoves are capable of burning fires overnight; however, since small stoves cannot heat an entire house, they cannot burn a fire overnight.

Contact The Cozy Flame today to talk to our knowledgeable staff about more options for a wood-burning stove. We would be happy to show you our Regency and Napoleon wood-burning stoves and the different options and features they offer.

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