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Wood, Gas, or Pellet? Which is the Fuel for You?

When it comes to fireplace fuel, it’s not about which fuel is best, but which is best for you. Many homeowners prefer one fuel over others due to accessibility, cost, and convenience. We certainly have our favorites, but it’s our goal to match you with the best possible product for your home, your family, and your specific needs. The industry and market have reached a place where it truly comes down to the fuel. You can have a fireplace or stove of any style and efficiency—but will it be a wood, gas, or pellet unit?

Bright fire in the fireplace close-up. red-yellow fire background

Wood Fires

Wood-burning units are still a favorite among homeowners because of the beautiful flame and high heat output the fireplaces, stoves, and inserts offer. Homeowners with wooded property can cut and store their own firewood. Those with less accessibility may need to purchase their firewood from a local supplier. This can become a hassle and is the reason why many homeowners end up converting to pellet or gas fire units. Also, although wood-burning units are more efficient than ever, wood fires still burn less efficiently than gas or pellet fires. They add more pollution to the environment, require more chimney maintenance, and require more work in general lighting fires, disposing of ash, and finding properly seasoned firewood.

Pellet Fires

For the homeowners who love the look and feel of wood fires, the pellet fireplace may be right for you. Pellets are made of recycled wood products and burn efficiently and completely. Pellet units are high-efficiency units and more convenient than wood-burning units because you don’t have to mess with kindling and matches to light. Pellet stoves and fireplaces have an ignitor that immediately lights the pellets, then the fire is continuously fed by a hopper filled with pellets. This allows for all the heat of a wood fire, but with the convenient light and consistent temperature of a gas fire. Because pellets are made of organic materials, they still produce soot and creosote which will need to be cleaned from the chimney periodically. However, pellets burn more completely than wood, and you’ll never have to wonder if the pellets are properly seasoned.

Gas Fires

The most efficient fuel type for fireplaces, inserts, and stoves is natural gas. Gas offers freedom to the homeowner not possible with other fuel types. Your gas unit can be installed anywhere, depending on the type and ventilation requirements. It burns cleanly and requires the least maintenance of any fuel type or product. Gas units can be used in small spaces like hotels, condos, apartments, and bedrooms. They can be open flames or completely closed units that use blowers and radiant heat to heat the space in your home. Gas fireplaces and stoves are ideal for zone heating and may not be best as a primary heat source. There aren’t a lot of reasons to choose wood or pellets over gas, though they can result in some issues, especially when installed incorrectly.

If you’re ready to choose a new fire unit for you home, stop in so that a Comfort Consultant can help you decide which is best for you. Stop in at 116-Q Research Dr today.

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End-of-year Savings on Wood Stoves

At The Cozy Flame, our goal is warming your world, indoors and out. In the summer when many homeowners are moving outdoors for entertainment and recreation, we move indoors, installing heat units that will work for you winter after winter for years to come. One of our customer favorites is the wood stove. They are beautiful, fit any space, and economical. We sell wood stove units that are more efficient than ever and designed and manufactured by the top brands in the industry.

stack of circular dry wood peices

Why Choose Wood?

Wood stoves are no longer the inefficient stove tops of generations before. While there are many rustic-looking models, the technology powering these new wood stoves is far from rustic. You can have all the wonder of a traditional wood fire and all the convenience of a high-efficiency appliance.

  • Wood burns with a natural yellow flame that crackles and dances, offering the ambiance homeowners desire.
  • It has a high heat-output compared to other fire appliances.
  • Wood is eco-friendly, renewable, and maybe in your own backyard.
  • Wood is economical, easy to harvest, and can be bought locally.
  • Preparing the wood for burning is good physical activity.
  • Wood fires burn whether or not the home has gas or electricity and are ideal for use during an outage.
  • Wood stoves come in all shapes and sizes and can match your style and décor perfectly.

Types of Wood Stoves for the Home


Depending on your need, you may opt for a catalytic or non-catalytic
wood stove. A catalytic wood stove is necessary if your wood stove will be the primary heat source. Catalytic stoves are more efficient and have the cleanest burn. With this type of technology, the wood burns slowly without smoldering, allowing the wood to burn for many hours while producing a consistent temperature to help heat the home.

If you depend on your central heating unit to heat your home, you may only want a wood stove for the looks and ambiance of a wood fire. Perhaps you enjoy relaxing by a fire on cool evenings through the fall and using it as a backdrop for holiday festivities in the winter. If the fire will be supplementary heat for your home, you can choose a non-catalytic wood stove. They are more affordable, require less maintenance, and come in the same styles and sizes as catalytic stoves.

End-Of-Year Savings


Spring is a great time to add a new fire unit to your home. At The Cozy Flame, we offer savings to celebrate the end of burn season, and you can benefit. We sell wood stoves with and without blowers, and now through June 30 all of our woodstoves will come with a free blower attachment valued up to $400. That means your new wood stove, whether you choose a catalytic or non-catalytic stove, can benefit you more. Your new stove can be a heat machine. Just start with a Comfort Consultant at The Cozy Flame and find out the best wood stove for you. Call us at 203-283-4459.

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