Great thread. @ Dreamboater, you'd have to be silly to pass up on free heat. Pellets are not, nor will they ever be free! Of course there is a place for pellet stoves in this world. Those who can not do the work or don't care to do the work, perhaps don't have the time to do the work or can't tend to the wood stove can benefit greatly from a pellet stove. In my case I rent so putting in a class A chimney would be out of the question. In my opinion, the work that goes into wood processing is enjoyable and cleaning the pellet stove is a pain in the rear end. I cleaned the wood stove far less. With my cat stove a load of wood usually took 15 minutes from a fresh re-load to coasting for an 8 hour cycle or up to 12 hours in the shoulder season. It was a medium sized stove, with a T6 you should get longer burns than 8 hours in the cold days. Another thing is once you get into a cycle the wood is not all that dirty. At least in my case it wouldn't take up anymore time than my frequent clean ups after every 3-4 bags. I understand better pellets can cause less frequent cleaning, but they also cost more. I can't complain about my pellet stove. It keeps us warm and is easy to operate and clean, but given the choice I would pick the wood stove. Quiet operation, No extra parts to worry about, Penetrating heat, Beautiful flame that can't be matched by the best pellet stove, Operates during power outages, Cutting, splitting and stacking is also enjoyable to me. Not for everyone, but I enjoy the exercise and fresh air, even in the winter. I used to like going outside to split wood, now I just go down to the basement to get bags. The noise of the stove is also a major factor. I advise that you go to the hearth room and ask the same question. I could see a future with both pellet and wood stove once we buy our own house. If I had the choice between one or the other wood takes it.