Q&A coal vs. pellet

QandA Posted By QandA, Oct 5, 2001 at 2:20 PM

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  1. QandA

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    Nov 27, 2012

    After doing some reading and speaking with some people who have pellet stoves, we were all set to buy a pellet stove for our new home (to help w/heat costs & eliminate gas heat only if feasible). At our state fair, 2 different stove reps. advised me to buy coal stove instead. Please give me your thoughts on this as well as all plus and minuses.

    I was told the price for the stove is about the same, a coal stove puts out more heat and use 1 bag of coal for every 2 pellet. They said stocking averages the same, and coal is no worse for the environment. 1 guy even said that 9 out of 10 service calls for him are for pellet stoves. I know pellet stoves do not have an odor (like wood stoves), does coal? How about breathing? Is coal worse to inhale?


    Much will depend on the price for the different fuels in your area. Try the calculator at http://chi.hearth.com/addcalc.html to compare the price of heating fuels.

    Pellet stoves do rely on electricity and many more moving and electronic parts, so it stands to reason that they will require more service both now and in the future.

    Anthracite coal burns very clean, however mining it from the ground can cause some problems. Also, coal stoves are hard to start, so they are better in situations where the stove can be run 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. A Pellet stove is easy to start, so it works well whether using full time or part-time.

    In the end, it's your decision, but I hope these facts help you sort it out.

    Link: Fuel Cost Link
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