I burned wood pellets 13 years before converting over to wood. After burning wood for over a month with a woodstove insert, I am extremely happy I switched over. I have to admit there were some advantages to owning a pellet stove. The primary advantage was the ease of buying wood pellets simply having to pour them in the hopper. No seasoning and very little mess or fuss compared to wood burning.Other than that I guess there was the advantage of not having to monitor the burn as much as woodstove. There are many reasons why I now prefer the wood stove compared to pellet. I notice the heat coming off the wood stove is much more than the pellet and I also like the look of the fire compared to the regulated flame of the pellets. It could be a negative for some, but I actually enjoy the process of splitting,stacking, and moving the wood compared to stacking plastic bags in my basement. Cost wise for me switching over has been a plus because I have not had to purchase pellets, instead I have a good supply of free wood. I had some mechanical problems with my pellet stove over the years which I had to deal with. The only mechanical problem I potentially may have with the insert is a blower malfunction. Along the same lines of the mechanical problems is that the pellet stove required power. I can now rely on my wood stove during power outages. Those were just a few reasons why I'm glad I switched over. Overall a pellet stove was a good source of heat thru the years and I think it may be a great fit for many people, but for me I'm a happy convert. Anyone else switch over from pellet to wood? I'm sure there also those that converted from Wood to Pellet as well.