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Wood Stoves vs. Pellet Stoves?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Dave M, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Yep.

    And when you fire the generator to run the pellet stove and come on hearth.com com to report your power outage you just plug in the $19 dual hot plate for cooking like I do. ;lol

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  2. granpajohn

    granpajohn Minister of Fire

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    I wonder if Zap would be willing to list his stoves in his signature? Makes it easier to consider his (well respected) opinion.
  3. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    We have a Yankee Pellet Stove with the Lopi Liberty wood stove.
  4. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    I had a VC Consolidated DutchWest Wood/Coal stove with a catalytic combuster for 19 years. I actually used it for 3 years. After 19 years I sold it for $400 and purchased a wood pellet stove. I have been using the pellet stove every winter for 3 years now and I always will!

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  5. VTrider

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    I heated my 1,500 sq. ft. home mainly with wood for 8 seasons w/woodstove in the basement - had a smaller pellet stove upstairs for an addition. I replaced the woodstove in the basement w/pellet stove and i'm now going into my 2nd year heating 100% w/pellets.

    I'd say all the pros/cons here in this thread are pretty much on the money. I think one of the biggest, overlooked factors though is your lifestyle. I loved burning wood and everything about it, my good ole Stihl saw, bucking, splitting, stacking (rinse, repeat). Lots of work and I loved every minute of it. Sadly though, I wouldn't go back - have 3 young kids now and have basically traded all of that for time spent with my wife and children now.

    The convenience factor is great, have everything on a thermostat so wake up to and come home to a warm house, can go 3 days before refilling - it's just a different game really. One day i'll return to a wood, I sure do miss the exercise along with all the other great things about heating with a wood stove.
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  6. begreen

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    Depends on the house. In shoulder season we were one bag a day. In 20-30F weather we were 1.5 bags a day with the Jotul supplementing. In below 20F it was 2 bags a days.

    Dave M, what soapstone stove are we talking about? And what pellet stove are you considering?
  7. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    I never considered a pellet stove. I'm a pyro and love fire. My brother in law and good friend have them and love them. I just love wood heat. I love splitting and stacking wood, and Lord knows I love burning wood. Can't beat that wood heat. When it's 20* out, and I come in from working outside, I have no interest in sitting in front of a farty pellet flame. Give me that monster wood heat that pours off that 500 lb steel beast in my livingroom. Different strokes for different folks. Wood heat is my thing, man.
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  8. mfglickman

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    I can hear my XXV from all but the farthest room in my 2000 sf drafty house.
  9. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    We need our own support group.
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  10. Heftiger

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    I'm new to burning wood but I have a couple friends who tried to convince me to purchase a pellet stove instead of wood.

    I'm glad I went wood. I changed to wood because I was tired of somebody else choosing how much I pay for heating my home with oil. Pellet's seem to have the same issue. My reasons were validated when during the same season all the suppliers of pellets ran out, and refused to restock them because it was the end of the season. I live in the middle of a forest, so there is always wood.

    I also have frequent power outages and I don't run a generator because my water heater and stove ar both propane. I can live without power, and buying a pellet stove would have changed that.

    Everybody referencing the convenience of pellet stoves is correct, but don't underestimate the wood stove either. Just yesterday (and the day before) I burned my stove for 36 hours without a reload (on pine!). The house was 76 degrees inside and 30 and snowing outside. There's nothing like the satisfaction of knowing your hard work is keeping your family warm and comfortable.
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  11. Huntindog1

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    I think its been said but I like the ability to cut my own wood and save money or if I dont have time I can buy the wood and even have it delivered. Pellets you pretty much stuck with buying the pellets. Around my area I can get wood for $45 a rick if i haul it my self ($10 more dollars to have it hauled per rick) . I think there are about 3 ricks in a cord so thats around $135 per cord. Last year I burnt 6 ricks of wood (mild winter).

    I like messing with wood stoves. Pellet stoves would be no fun, too easy but maybe thats what you want. Flue install I think is cheaper and easier with a pellet (3 inch pipe).

    There is more mess with wood stoves.

    If you dont mind messing with wood stoves and you cut your own wood there is more satisfaction in the wood stove experience.
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  12. saladdin

    saladdin Feeling the Heat

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    I'm 38 and haven't aged well. No way I can be cutting wood at 48 or 58. I have relatives paralyzed and others have severe injuries from logging accidents.

    As a kid, we had wood heat. I helped with the cutting, chopping, stacking, loading, taking out the ash and keeping logs on the fire. I hated my childhood and want nothing to remind me of those days.

    Pellet stove is not loud.
    Electricity here is .09 a kwh. Heated all last winter for 350 in pellets (avg inside temp was 74-76 range)with average electricity bill of 60.
    There is always that little voice in your head saying "something could break".
    Pellet stoves have really picked up here. Everytime I stop in to talk to the guys the are installing more and more.
    I have no truck and my installer lets me borrow his to deliver my pellets.
    Any time I start to worry about the "something can break" thing I check the forums and see how many people go season to season with no issues at all or minor diy fixes.
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  13. BrowningBAR

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    To put it in perspective, my electricity bill during the winter is $200 and I do not heat with electricity.
  14. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Jeeez.. mine is near that in about the same, but much newer, sqft.. but the reef tank burns through kWh's like crazy. So with "averaged billing" we pay $140 +/- a month.

    OT: No pellets grow on my property, and the power loss thing is a regular dealeo here. At 53, I still enjoy C/S/S our wood, at 75, my dad is still doing the same, so I guess I will be at it for a while..

    We have a genset, but honestly, it's for the aquarium. It can go a couple hours without power, if the house is warm.. after that.. bad things happen. It crashed in the ice storm of '09, (didn't have enough fuel to last until gas stations had power back, 7 days in our area) we probably lost $15k worth of corals and fish. But the psychological hit was the worst I have felt, and it took 3 years for us to put water back in the system. Just started adding livestock yesterday.
  15. raybonz

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    You must be on National Squid too! Rates are high here as well but I have shaved off what I can and use compact fluorescent lamps on lights that tend to on for long periods of times. They have improved compacts drastically over the years and in many cases I prefer them especially the 3-way lamps as they last for years not days lol. Dimmable CF lamps do not seem to work very well unless they have improved them so I stay with incandescent lamps on those applications. For instance I just installed candelabra base lamps (X3) in my daughter's ceiling fan light because she has it on for ~6 hours a day and I went from 120 watts to 27 watts! The lamps set me back $4.50 total and will pay for themselves in very little time and will also last much longer.. Of course and electric range and dryer eat power but I save where I can.

    Ray
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    What's a reef tank?

    Ray
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    Wow that's beautiful and money well spent! Sometimes you just have to spend the money..

    Ray
  18. imacheezhead

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    I burn both wood and pellets. I've burned wood for many years and have no intention of stopping as long as I can deal with the work. Wood stoves are as messy or as clean as you make them. It just depends on the condition of the wood and where the stove is located. My stove is close to the door under the patio roof where the wood is stored in the winter. I have 5 acres and lots of Oak trees and some are dying off due to Oak wilt as a result I have lots of firewood. What better way to dipose of it than to heat the house with it. I could probably sell it, but I still have to do the work and I know I'm more money ahead by burning it.

    The woodburner (an old Consolodated Dutchwest Cat) throws off much more heat than the pellet stove and the fuel is basically free! The gas for the chainsaws, splitter and tractor are the only expense.

    The pellet stove (Enviro Windsor) is nice and somewhat more convenient, but I still have to bring home 2-1 ton pallets every year and they have to be unloaded and re-stacked and then carriied into the house one by one all season. I like the pellet stove, but you can definitely hear it, especially when it's on high heat. I have an automatic back-up generator, but when there's a power failure there's about a 30 second wait before the power transfers over. During this time the exhaust blower stops, of course, and where do you suppose the smoke goes? I had this happen a couple of times and it's not fun! If you don't have a back-up generator, God help you during a power failure! If you have a manually operated generator, by the time you get it started and transferred over your house will be full of smoke. The wood burner doesn't have this problem.

    If I could only have one, I would go with wood! JHMO

    Jim
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  19. imacheezhead

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    Isn't this in the wrong forum??
  20. nate379

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    I couldn't afford to heat my house if I had to use pellets. If averaged a 1.5 bags a day it would run me about $2000 a year to heat! That's about 4 years worth of firewood if I'm paying for it!
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  21. Dave M

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    I have the woodstock hybrid on order. Thing is, we also have a fish tank. So I feel kinda trapped in the house, like I could never leave or else my fish would die. I've been looking at the lopi leyden pellet, and also the PE PS45 pellet stove. Wood, chainsaws, lawn tractors, wells, septics.....its enough to overwhelm a city boy like me.
  22. raybonz

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    http://www.petsmart.com/product/ind...ferralID=c315718a-1ddd-11e2-b779-001b2166c62d or http://www.tbaquatics.com/eheim-eve...er-1052.html?gclid=CMq7z9zfmbMCFcRU4AodLzcA7A will set you free..

    As for firewood I buy it C\S\D all you have to do is stack it..
    Ray
  23. Dave M

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    Thanks Ray, but I'm not too worried about starving them..... more worried about cold killing them if I leave the wood stove unattended. I buy my wood cut and split too, I dont mind the rest of the work that it involves. I just want to be warm, not kill my fish, and keep the wife happy. I know I sound lazy here, but I do like the idea of a thermostat, maybe even an extended hopper.
  24. Dakotas Dad

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    Possibly, but many here have more than one interest, and I was only answering a question, not trying to change the thread topic. Tell you what though, just to make the thread police happy, I will remove my post.
  25. raybonz

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    I do have oil hot water heat in the event I leave for a vacation which I use for DHW as well via a tankless coil..

    Ray

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