Disturbed by rising energy costs but don't know the best way to take a stand against them? Despite the common misconception that someone "out there" is determining how much you’ll shell out every month, there are solutions to the problem. Wood pellet stoves are gaining in popularity for being a budget-friendly alternative to traditional gas stoves. We've done the research so you can decide for yourself.
The wood pellets themselves are made from sawdust and wood shavings, thus they create less waste compared to nonrenewable fuels like gas. While they have the capability of running an entire heating system, they are more commonly used in freestanding stoves. The heat that wood pellets let off from this small space alone allows a home’s central heating system to be decreased considerably.
Now for the cons. When a wood pellet stove is turned on, it can sometimes trick the thermostat into thinking that all the rooms have reached the optimal temperature, when in truth it’s just the excess heat from the stove. This can result in outlying rooms becoming chilly, and the thermostat being turned up, potentially canceling out the energy already saved.
Also, if anyone in the household has asthma or other respiratory issues, it may be best to avoid wood pellets since they don’t burn very clean. They’re also not nearly as easy to use as gas stoves and require a significant amount of tending to; the owner is responsible for loading and lighting the stove, then cleaning up afterwards.
Wood pellet stoves may be the perfect fit in some homes, but they certainly aren’t for everyone. If you’re willing to go the extra mile to cut down on your energy costs, then by all means burn those wood pellets to your heart’s content. But if convenience tops your list of must-haves, then stick with the traditional gas stove.
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