Fireplace Inserts - Wood Vs Pellets

These days, many people are turning to fireplace inserts in an effort to reduce heating costs. Fireplaces can be great with their open, crackling flames, but they aren't very efficient. Fireplace inserts, whether they burn wood or pellets, can keep an entire room or an entire home warm, and they can better regulate the heat in an area. Around a wood fireplace, seats closest to the fire may be unbearably hot while seats across the room will be cool.

Using a fireplace insert can help circulate heat around your entire home, but there are a couple of different types of fireplace inserts that you can use: wood-burning and pellet-burning.

Each type of fireplace insert can help increase the efficiency of your home's heating system, but there are pros and cons to each type. If you get the right kind of fireplace insert, both wood-burning and pellet-burning inserts can be very clean and efficient. Other than that, though there are things to consider on both sides of the argument.

Wood-burning fireplace inserts burn one of the cheapest available sorts of fuel, especially if you can find and chop your own wood or get it from local landscaping companies who would otherwise discard it. Fireplace insert pellet stoves burn special pellets, which can be bought at local hardware stores; these pellets aren't as cheap as wood, but they will still save you money on your overall heating costs.

One potential problem with pellet-burning inserts is that they require electricity to run properly, so if you go through a power outage, you may have a problem. You can, however, buy battery-powered backup power sources to keep your stove running during an electrical outage. A wood-burning stove, on the other hand, doesn't take any electricity and will continue to work during a power outage.

One of the best parts about fireplace insert pellet stoves is that they don't need complex ventilation systems. You can usually just run a short length of pipe or pellet vent straight out the wall behind the stove. With a wood-burning stove, on the other hand, you'll have to have a more complex chimney, which can be really expensive.

Another great thing about pellet-burning stoves is that it can regulate the heat in your home by turning on and off based on the temperature of your home; besides this, pellet stoves can have fans added to them, which can circulate heat around your entire home. Wood-burning stoves, on the other hand, have to be stoked and messed with in order to change the level of heat in the room, and if you are gone overnight, your home is likely to be freezing when you get home.

by CH Brown