Fuel Types

 
       
   

Type

Pros

Cons

Wood

  • Aesthetics of a real fire - smell, sound and flames 
  • Firewood is readily available in many areas
  • Can be used as supplemental heat source
  • Self-sufficiency in case of emergency
  • One of the most economical fuels
  • Renewable, environmentally friendly fuel
  • Clean up - gathering and dumping the ashes
  • Requires a chimney or flue for ventilation 
  • Difficult to start
  • Less uniform heat output than other options
  • Wood storage can take significant space
  • CANNOT burn during "Spare the Air" days

Gas

  • Cleaner burning than a wood fire
  • Easier to start
  • Flexible installation options
  • More uniform heat output, variable flame height
  • Gas can operate without electrical power
  • Can be used as a supplemental heat source
  • Can be used during "Spare the Air" days
     
  • Lacks the look, smell, sound of wood fire
  • Less interaction with the fire
  • May be unusable in long power outage (blower fan)
  • Fossil fuels are not environmentally friendly

 

Wood
Pellet

  • Clean-burning
  • Extended burn times
  • Easy to store
  • Pellets are readily available
  • Often the most economical option
  • Fuel is renewable,  domestically grown
     
  • Usually more expensive than wood stoves or fireplaces
  • Usually requires electricity to operate
  • Can require more service and maintenance
  • CANNOT burn during "Spare the Air" days

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Electric

  • Easiest type to install - just plug it in
  • Portable, very convenient
  • Can be used in any room of the home
  • Ideal for apartments, condominiums, hotels, etc
  • CAN be used during "Spare the Air" days
  • Low ambience and aesthetics; not realistic looking
  • Low heat output
  • Very expensive heat
  • Dependent on electrical power

 

 


 

 
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