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Old 06-13-2008, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wood Stove vs. Pellet Stove

So we are going to make the plunge and buy a stove to augment our heating in the winter.... it will probably be an insert of some kind as we have a fireplace.

But we are trying to decide if we want a pellet stove or a wood stove. Pellet stove's look to be cleaner and more efficient... but the question is, will pellets still be available and as affordable down the line say 10 to 20 years from now.

We've found a place that we can probably by them from that would deliver in bulk, just like you can get oil. But again, will pellets be available in the future.

Any thoughts on pellet/wood stoves would be appreciated.

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Old 06-13-2008, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pellet stoves have already been around for a long time so there is a large market for the fuel. I'd feel confident in purchasing one.

Filling a hopper with pellets every other day and letting the auger feed the stove as needed sure sounds a lot better to me than: buying wood(or worse, chopping wood), stacking wood, bringing wood into the house, stacking the wood again, putting a log in the stove, moving the log around, adding another log, getting up in the middle of the night to add another log and etc.
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My grandfather has heated with wood exclusively my entire life, if not his entire life, I don't know about out in NY but I can tell you hear it's getting very hard to find a reliable source for wood, by the cord. A lot of people are not doing it anay more and many of them that are, are not taking on new customers because they just can't supply any more. As far as the pellet stoves are concerned I don't know anything about them, I am myself just starting to look into them, and I'm sure have many of the same questions as you do.
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Old 06-13-2008, 02:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I heat my house with a wood stove. Now Sacramento doesn't get as cold as the Northeast in the winter (30's, maybe 20's when it's real cold), but I can get the family room rip-roarin hot if I keep it fed. I order a cord of wood every year and go thru almost all of it.

Pellet stoves appeal in that there's no messing with it, you just turn it on and it heats. Very little ash, no mess.

But I enjoy adding logs and messing with the fire so I personally prefer a regular wood stove.

I know that's not much help, but that's my personal experience.
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Filling a hopper with pellets every other day and letting the auger feed the stove as needed sure sounds a lot better to me than: buying wood(or worse, chopping wood), stacking wood, bringing wood into the house, stacking the wood again, putting a log in the stove, moving the log around, adding another log, getting up in the middle of the night to add another log and etc.
I grew up with that ^ scenario...I still have nightmares of my "chores" as a kid...

I don't think you have to worry about pellets going away but I have never heated with them so I don't really know much about using them. I will never again own a wood stove as a primary heating source (except for camp, there is nothing better than a wood fire at camp).

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I order a cord of wood every year and go thru almost all of it.
We used to buy/cut/split/stack 20 cord and go through 15+ or so every winter.
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Also, pellet stoves can run on corn, so fuel really shouldn't be a problem. And iirc, they are less labor intensive to install, so the initial cost should be less. My inlaws have one in their house and two in their store, and they prefer them to their old wood stoves.
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The pellet stove is my Fathers choice and he lives rurally - he has no problem with the fuel supply.

THis is a guy who burned wood since I was a child. I would go with it.

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Old 06-13-2008, 03:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Pellet all the way, people will be growing more switchgrass then corn soon.
get one with battery backup for power out scenarios.
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wood stove if your a man
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not really, he's in a semi-urban area. as long as he can store the pellet bags under cover, the overall benefit is higher than raw wood for him.
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