Choosing between gas stoves and pellet can be challenging. Both options will provide you economical heat that will reduce the cost of keeping your home warm. At the same time, there are also some drawbacks associated with each option.
Here are few things to consider when trying to choose between a pellet and gas stove
One of the first things you should consider is the maintenance level required for each option. A pellet stove is likely to need regular maintenance compared to the gas stove. In addition, you will be required to fill the hopper with proper pellets whenever using the pellet stove. Depending on the type of pellet stove you use, you may be required to fill the pellets more than once in a day. You will also be required to physically remove the ashes on a regular basis.
On the contrary, using a gas stove is very effortless. You will only be required to turn the stove on when you need heat and turn it off when you don’t need the heat. The gas stove is a clear winner in this category.
Another important factor to consider when deciding between a gas and pellet stove is the cost involved. In terms of cost, the pellet stove is a winner. Even though pellets are very cheap, they have the potential to heat your entire house. While natural gas is very efficient and convenient, it is expensive compared to pellets.
Most people prefer a heating system that can provide heat to their houses even when there is no power. In this regard, many people would believe that having a pellet stove is the better option. However, people forget that the heat produced by the pellet stove requires electricity to be distributed
On the other hand, a gas stove can be set to work without electricity. However, it does not function as efficiently. Normally, the gas lines are always functioning regardless of the weather outside. This can be a big advantage when power outages are a concern.
About Gas Fireplaces
A gas stove adds warmth and character to a living space. Nowadays, gas stoves exist in a wide variety of styles and designs from contemporary, traditional and more. Adding a gas stove in your living space can help to reduce energy bills.
There are two main types of gas stoves- freestanding and inserts that convert existing firewood burning into gas. Instead of wood, gas logs are also available at a much lower price. However, they are not effective for heating.
Nonetheless, common gas stoves use natural gas or propane. Either way, the produced heat is measured in British thermal units BTU). Most models on the market have BTUs that range from 8,500 to 100,000. However, the most popular range between 20,000 and 60,000 BTUs with newer models allowing you to even adjust heat output.
Most gas stoves have a vent that connects to the outside of living space. The vent can be direct or connected to the chimney. There are also gas stoves that are not vented at all. However, they are controversial due to health concerns and air quality.
How much does a Gas fireplace cost?
Gas log cost between $200 and $1000. On the other hand, you will need between $3000 and $4000 to convert a traditional firewood fireplace to gas. The cost will include installation and chimney liner. Conversely, a freestanding gas fireplace cost between $4000 and $5000. The cost includes installation and venting.
Operating cost will depend on several factors such as gas prices, the size, and efficiency of your heating system. Under normal conditions, expect to pay around $0.10 to 0.50 per hour for gas.
- Easy to operate- Operating a gas fireplace is very straightforward. You will only need to switch it on or off with a button. There are no ashes to clean up or wait for the system to heat-up.
- Clean heat- burning natural gas to produce heat is cleaner than using wood pellet. A gas fireplace does not emit soot or pollution and therefore does not cause respiratory problems.
- Low maintenance- Gas fireplaces do not require regular maintenance. You will only need an annual inspection that cost about $75 to $150.
- Slightly expensive- Gas stoves are slightly expensive compared to pellet fireplaces. Also, they cost more to operate. However, it depends on gas prices which fluctuates now and then.
About Pellet stoves
Pellet stoves are considered to be the improvement of the traditional wood-burning stoves. The pellets are usually made from sawdust, wood shavings, paper, and other organic materials. These make them a good eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuel.
Similarly to gas fireplaces, pellet stoves can be freestanding or inserts. They have a capacity of between 8,000 and 90,000 BTUs of heat. All pellets stoves have a hopper that stores the pellets before they are burned. Most of them weigh between 35 to 130 pounds.
Depending on the size of the hopper, you will be required to refill the pallets regularly. Nowadays, there are high-end stoves that can be connected to the thermostat. This allows the user to adjust heat output.
How much a pellet stove cost?
Most pellet stoves in the market cost between $1700 and $3000. This cost does not include installation. The cost of installation depends on the complexity of the stove.
Pellets are mostly sold in 40-pound bags which cost between $4 and $10 each. However, the price depends on the type of pellets. Premium pellets tend to cost more. On the downside, pellets stoves require electricity to operate the feeder, controls and the fans.
- Affordable- compared to gas fireplaces, pellet stoves are cheaper.
- Produces more heat- Pellet stoves produces more heat compared to similarly-sized gas units.
- High maintenance- Pellet stoves require constant attention as compared to gas fireplaces.
As a consumer, you will have the final decision as to which heating system will cater to your needs. I have presented the benefits and flaws of each option to make easier for you to choose. Investing in a heating system for your home is a very big decision. So, take time and choose the best.