Gas stoves and fireplaces have become extremely popular over the last decade.
~Cost: Natural gas prices are extremely low, currently less than half the cost of fuel oil.
~Operation: Most units are able to be operated using an optional wall thermostat or hand held remote thermostat.
~Temperature: Gas is also ideal for area heating, to create a warm room without using more expensive central heat.
~Labor: Gas stoves and fireplaces are much cleaner and easier to use. There is no fuel or ash to handle.
~Visual Appeal: Most units have decorative fires that can pass for a wood burning fire.
~Venting: Direct vent units offer great flexibility in finding an installation location. Vent-free units are also available for maximum heat in a limited time frame.
~Energy Source: Gas units also are able to operate without electricity, making the main ideal backup heat source. Optional convection fans would require electricity.
~Cost: Fuel costs for propane are more expensive than wood or pellets.
People have been burning firewood since the dawn of time, and it’s probably the fuel choice people are most familiar with.
~Temperature: Wood provides a much warmer heat than oil or electric.
~Cost: If purchased by the cord, wood is half the cost of fuel oil to heat with. Wood fuel can also be free if you provide the labor to acquire it.
~Energy Source: Wood stoves do not require any electricity to operate, making it an ideal backup heating source. Optional blowers, which aid greatly in heat circulation, would require electricity to operate.
~Burn Time: Wood stoves can burn approximately 8-12 hours on the lowest setting, so they typically require more frequent refueling than other options.
~Labor: Many people have access to find and cut their own wood, if they’re willing to commit the time and effort. Fresh cut firewood requires a full year to season from the time it is cut and split. Even if purchased by the cord, wood requires a little more heavy-lifting than some of the other fuel types. Newer, EPA approved wood stoves are more efficient and clean burning than older and non-EPA approved models so they have less ash and less buildup in the chimney.
~Venting: Wood stoves require a chimney and cannot be vented out through other means. Class A chimneys are available, can be installed more easily than a masonry chimney but much more expensive. These insulated, double wall, stainless steel chimneys also perform better, with hotter flue temperatures producing stronger draft and less buildup in the chimney.
Pellet burning lies in the middle of the heating spectrum. It is much less expensive than oil or electric, but it’s easier to use and cleaner than wood or coal.
~Cost: A ton of pellets, which comes in convenient 40 lb. bags, is equal to about a cord and a half of wood, making it approximately the same cost as heating with cord wood.
~Temperature: Pellet stoves are convection heaters, using a blower to circulate the heat through the house. Fully automatic pellet stoves also provide much more even heating than wood or coal.
~Burn-Time: Pellets burn much longer than wood and require less frequent loading. Hopper sizes range from 40-120 pounds. Turned down they can last up to several days on a full load.
~Operation: Most pellet stoves self-lighting. Many are thermostatically controlled for better heat regulation. This makes them much easier to use than wood stoves.
~Labor: Pellet burning produces much less ash than wood burning. The burn grate area needs to monitored to prevent buildup but generally less work is required to operate a pellet stove than wood or coal.
~Energy Source: Electricity is required to operate a pellet appliance. While the electric usage is minimal, pellet units will not function if the power goes out.
~Venting: Unlike wood stoves, pellet stoves can be vented out through a side wall. This allows for more flexibility on the installation and also reduces the overall installation costs.
~Pellet stoves can be hooked up to existing chimneys.
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Jonesville, MI 49250
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