I am considering installing a pellet stove in my house in Southern CT but am not sure which products are the best. Who thinks softwood pellets and hardwood pellets are equal in btu's? Which will burn longer? Which has less ash? In a reasonably well insulated house, about how many 40 lb. bags would you need to burn in a 24 hour period, let's say for an 1800 square foot house with an open floor plan. My local True Value is selling England Stove Works stoves and Lignetics Hardwood Pellets. They have a model#55-SHP-10 that is rated for 1500 sq. ft. and a model#55-SHP-22 that is rated for 2200 sq. ft. Probably will get the larger one. Are Lignetics pellets considered a good choice or is there something else that would be a better choice. I really would like to quit using oil altogether. I think it is time we all started a movement away from oil to alternative energy sources. It's a shame the alternatives are usually not affordable, unlike the pellet stove which seems to be very cost affective at least for the short term. I do appreciate any input. Thanks.