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Pellet Stoves & Wood Stoves Overview

As the price of natural gas and other heating fuels continues to rise, heating our homes is becoming a major budget expense and a significant obstacle to comfort and safety. What can a homeowner do? In the quest for efficient heating, homeowners are turning to combustion stoves that burn wood or wood-like byproducts. These types of stoves are used to provide supplemental (or, in some cases, primary) heat—generally in open-plan homes or in large living spaces.

A pellet stove heats with efficiency and ease-of-use. Photo: Breckwell

Combustion wood- and pellet-burning stoves are available in two main types: circulating and radiant. Both are made of an outer cast-iron or steel shell, but circulating stoves have an inner pocket where air is heated and then moves out into the room, and a radiant stove simply absorbs the heat from the fire and radiates it out to the room. Both types are less efficient at delivering heat than furnaces and boilers.

A ceramic glass door presents an exceptional view of the fire in this cast-iron wood stove. Photo: Vogelzang

Pellet stoves are similar to wood stoves, but most are far more efficient and burn much more cleanly. They create heat by burning pellets made of recycled sawdust, wood shavings, or other bio-mass waste materials. In comparison to other popular heating fuels such as oil, electricity, and even natural gas, bio-mass pellets are a much more affordable option.

Pellet stoves look similar to wood stoves, but the similarities end there. Inside, they are very sophisticated combustion appliances with blowers and moving parts. To learn more about pellet stoves and their advantages and drawbacks, select the tabs above.


Pellet Stoves Buying Guide
Wood Stoves Buying Guide


About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.
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