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Q&A heating with standard wood or pellets

Post in 'Questions and Answers' started by QandA, Oct 20, 2004.

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    QandA New Member Staff Member

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    My friend is presently heating with a wood stove and he was considering buying a pellet stove to replace what he now uses. He is going to keep the old unit for a back-up but is wondering if it is more economical to use pellets instead of cut wood. The other question was is a good air-tight wood stove better than a pellet stove? Do you have any preference as to a brand or type of stove? The other thing that should be a consideration is he uses wood as a primary source of heat and our location is not a problem to obtain pellets or wood- and he would like to load the unit on a daily basis only.



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    Depends on the cost of Pellets and wood in your area. One ton of Pellets is equal to one cord of pine...A cord of oak is probably equal to 1 1/2 tons of pellets. So- in many cases- the pellets will cost more.<p>
    A link to the HearthNet fuel cost calculator is below. This will allow you to compare the cost of all common fuels.<p>
    But it is true that you will not have to load the stove as often...once or twice every couple hours.As far as brands- there are a lot of good ones.... Check out the stoves on the products page at the link below.

    Link: Fuel Cost Calculator

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