Biomass: Environmentally-Friendly Fuel
Many of today's stoves and fireplace inserts are engineered to burn biomass - fuel derived from renewable and sustainable sources such as wood, pellets, corn and other alternatives. Stoves and fireplace inserts that run on wood or pellet fuel are both economically and environmentally sound choices for your home.
Which is Right For You? Wood or Pellet?
Wood may be plentiful in certain areas whereas pellets may be more easily accessible in others.
For some homeowners, the non electrical wood stove option meets their need for heat during a power outage.
For some, chopping wood and tending a fire may be a desired activity, for others, the convenience of filling a pellet hopper and having a steady heat output without the ups and downs of the stick wood burning cycle may be preferable.
The installation requirements of a pellet stove may also have advantages over the traditional wood burning appliance. Be sure to talk to your local dealer to understand these requirements.
Wood-burning stoves and inserts manufactured after 1992 are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as clean burning.
Pellet fuel is clean-burning and a renewable source of energy. Pellets are usually made of compressed sawdust that might otherwise end up in landfills, Pellet generates minimal wood smoke and has the lowest emissions of solid-fuel burning products available, making them a popular choice an areas with air quality issues.
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