Pellet stoves have grown in popularity over the last 30 years as a heat source in homes – these compact little units typically burn ground up & compressed wood that is made from scrap lumber in mills. (Yay for recycling!) In addition to the straightforward wood pellets, many ‘pellet’ stoves burn corn, grains and wood chips, which makes them an excellent heat source that uses renewable products. Pellet stove design has improved over the years, so now we have stoves that are more efficient, burn better, and are quite lovely to look at. Not only that, some models are small enough to come with you on a camping trip!
Advantages and Disadvantages of Pellet Stoves For Your Home
Pellet stoves for your home offer a variety of benefits including:
- Many types offer self-ignition
- They are thermostat controlled
- The pellet stove does not produce creosote, which is a hassle for anyone using a wood stove or fireplace
- This stove burns clean, which decreases ash output
- Many types of pellet stoves do not require vertical rise ventilation
- There are tax incentives for owning pellet stoves in some states
- Pellet stoves do not produce as much dust (ash) as wood stoves
- Pellet stoves are free-standing
- Pellet stoves can be costly
- Fuel can be expensive and hard to find
- Most indoor pellet stoves require electricity
Pellet stoves may be the perfect solution for families who are looking for an emergency heat source but don’t have a fireplace, or who don’t want the cost associated with putting in a wood stove (wood stoves have to be piped to a certain distance above your roof line, while pellet stoves do not – this can result in a considerable savings).