It can also be much more expensive to install a wood stove in your home than an electric fireplace due to the requirements of a sealed fireplace and fireplace, and electric fireplaces are much easier to use when it comes to using them and you can't “go wrong” when it comes to producing heat. If you live in a place where wood is cheap or even free, burning logs on an efficient wood stove can save money instead of running the oven around the clock. Wood stoves can also last much longer than electric fireplaces, and you may have to replace an electric fireplace several times before you have to replace a stove. And if the stove is too big, you'll have it turned on at a low temperature all the time, which can burn more fuel and cause black crystals.
While you're more likely to save money with a wood stove than an electric heater, the amount depends on the area where you live. Pellet stoves, which differ from wood stoves because they use pellets as a fuel source, generally require a source of electricity to operate. Wood stoves are devices that you can install in your home to burn wood to generate heat and, at the same time, enjoy the experience of real fire. Available in three sizes, the Adventure Series stoves also have programmable wall thermostats to control heat at the touch of a button, just as you would with an oven.
Electricity is used to help introduce the pellets into the stove, but a pellet stove still has a real fire like a wood stove. Certified wood burning appliances, such as wood stoves, also save up to 50% more energy and burn 30 to 50% less fuel to produce the same amount of heat as older, uncertified models. For more efficient heating with less smoke, ask your local dealer about EPA-certified gas, pellet or wood fireplace inserts. Instead of relying on an oven to heat every inch of your home, you can turn down the thermostat and rely on a wood stove to keep everyone comfortable in high-use areas.
If you smell smoke inside or see smoke coming out of the chimney, you may be burning wood that is too wet or you may have problems with the stove or chimney. Proper maintenance of your wood stove can increase its lifespan and is critical to maintaining it as a high-efficiency source of heat.