Wood burning stove, just like any stove, is a free-standing appliance suitable for installation just about anywhere in your home as it doesn't require framing or finishing around it.
Manufacturer’s instructions indicate how close a stove may be placed to combustible surfaces, such as adjacent walls, mantels, and surrounds. Wood stoves and pellet stoves require a non-combustible hearth pad or masonry floor, while some gas stoves do not have such a requirement.
Wood burning stoves can be constructed of steel, cast iron, and/or partially soapstone and can have a traditional or a modern appearence. They come in a varied sizes, with log-holding capability and heating capacity being largely a function of the stove's size.
Wood Stoves are highly efficient wood burners and some models can be equipped with blowers. They certainly provide a great way to save on heating bills, as well as providing ambiance to any space.
A wood burning stove can be installed inside of existing fireplace to increase its efficiency. This type of use of a stove is very similar to that of a wood burning insert.
Pellet burning appliances are for those who want efficiency and clean-burning technology. Pellet stoves and inserts burn compressed pellets usually made of wood, but they can also be derived from other organic materials. Some models can burn nutshells, corn kernels, and small wood chips.
Here's what Energy.gov says about pellet burning products:
Pellet fuel appliances are more convenient to operate than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces, and some have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies. As a consequence of this, they produce very little air pollution. In fact, pellet stoves are the cleanest solid fuel, residential heating appliance. Pellet stoves that are certified by the EPA are likely to be in the 70% to 83% efficiency range. Pellet stoves have heating capacities that range between 8,000 and 90,000 Btu per hour. They are suitable for homes as well as apartments or condominiums.
Pellet stoves and inserts require regular maintenance and cleaning. The homeowner must clean the appliance on weekly basis and a professional should do that at least once a year.
Whether a wood burning or pellet stove better meets your needs, if you are a resident of Fulton, Montgomery or Upstate NY region, contact CUSTOM FENCES AND STOVES for all your alternative heating needs!