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Living in Fairbanks means staying diligent about having a functional heating system, and preferably the best quality possible. That means understanding the options that you have so that you can make a wise decision for your household.
Two options available to you are both wood burning and pellet burning stoves. Before you make an important decision for your household, make certain that you first learn what you need to, in order to make the right choice.
In most scenarios, this type of heating is supplemental; a good addition to a more thorough heating system. By adding this, it helps reduce your heating costs, and provide you with the level of quality heat that you and your loved ones deserve, at all times.
One of the first things that consumers want to know about is cost. While you should not base your decision on price alone, it certainly can help you make the right choice. Generally, the price is close while pellet burning stoves tend to cost slightly less. It’s the connection expense that generally makes a bigger impact. Wood stoves require an insulated chimney system, while pellet burning stoves usually only need a vent or less complex or intrusive chimney.
On the other hand, the cost and accessibility of wood for fuel is often preferable. In our area, both are usually relatively easy to obtain and the cost is usually similar. However, when in doubt, getting a cord of firewood is always going to be easier than obtaining pellets.
Generally though, pellet stoves require electrical power for operating. That means in the event of a power outage, you would still be without heat. This is a big deciding factor for anyone installing this type of stove in order to have backup heat for power loss.
Both types of stoves require some level of cleaning or maintenance. However, pellet burning stoves tend to produce less ash, which means less cleaning, as well as lower emissions.
Known for our ethical business practices and quality workmanship, Altrol Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing wants to be able to help you make the right choice. Part of the work that we do is about helping our clients gain the education that they need about the options that they have. If you are ready to learn about the pros and cons of wood or pellet burning stoves, contact us today.