A wood-burning appliance is an affordable and efficient way to heat your home. Not to mention a good old fire adds a certain cozy feeling that you just can’t get from a heating vent. But how do you decide whether to get a wood stove or a pellet stove? At the Oregon Chimney Guys we understand that this can be a tough decision, so we put together these tips to help you decide.
You might be thinking, “wait, what’s the difference between a fireplace and a wood stove?” A fireplace is built into the wall (commonly in living rooms) whereas a wood stove is free-standing. Wood stoves are common in basements, but are also widely used to heat entire homes. Much like fireplaces, they burn logs which can be cost-effective if you are able to harvest your own wood on your property. Wood stoves operate completely free of power, making your electricity bill much lower and a great emergency source for heat in the event of a power outage. However, the downside to wood stoves is that they typically cost more in comparison to a pellet stove. Typically woods stoves will run at an average of $2,000 – $4,000 (plus the cost of installation).
This type of wood burning stove burns pellets that are made of wood and other organic material. Most pellet stoves cost anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000, making them more affordable than their wood-burning counterpart. The benefits to this alternative wood burning appliance is that it’s low-maintenance and the pellets are a renewable energy source. However, unlike wood, you can’t just go into your back yard and harvest these pellets. Depending on the size of the pellet stove’s hopper, you may only need to load pellets as little as once a day. Burning these pellets creates far less ash and creosote build-up which decreases your risk of a chimney fire. If you do get a creosote buildup, make sure to schedule a creosote removal appointment with the Oregon Chimney Guys!
As you can see, determining which stove is better really depends on your personal preference and situation.