Pellet stoves and inserts are a popular form of heat because they are environmentally friendly, extremely clean burning, and can be cost- effective Available in a wide range of styles, sizes, and finishes, you are sure to find one to meet your heating needs. They are the cleanest and most convenient way for you to heat your home in the winter.
Advantages of wood pellet heating
The fuel is available locally and you do not have to cut, split or have a place to dry and season it.
Wood pellets are a lot cleaner-burning than cordwood. This is because pellet combustion is aided by a fan that supplies a steady stream of air to the burn pot.
Pellet stoves have hoppers that can be filled once a day. Regular stoking isn’t required—unlike with a wood stove.
With a pellet stove you don’t have to handle firewood With pellet stoves you’re still handling the fuel—usually 40-pound bags of the rabbit-food-size pellets—but it’s more convenient than dealing with firewood.
Pellets are less expensive than heating oil, propane, or electric-resistance heat, so you can save money if you would otherwise use those fuels. You may save more money with a pellet stove by heating only a few rooms instead of the whole house.
The life-cycle of wood pellet production and use can—and should—be close to carbon-neutral. With natural gas, propane, or heating oil we’re taking carbon that was sequestered underground millions of years ago and releasing that as a greenhouse gas into the atmosphere (where it contributes to global warming). When we burn wood pellets we’re still releasing about the same amount of stored carbon into the atmosphere, but that carbon was sequestered in the wood fiber over just a few decades, and if we’re managing our woodlands properly (replacing harvested trees with new ones) the entire life cycle results in almost no net carbon emissions.
Information taken from buildinggreen.com