Wood stoves average the lowest heating costs, it is a renewable source, it contributes to our local economy, the units themselves are extremely reliable, they also provide you with the excellent views only wood fires can offer.
Wood is hard work, it is often very messy, and requires specific storage to provide optimal burns, wood units also require a minimum of yearly maintenance to provide the best heat, Non-Certified, or very old wood units are actually a contributor to global warming as the EPA has enacted newer guidelines to reduce the emissions on wood burning units over the years.
Pellets are a readily available, locally sourced and renewable fuel source providing consistency, it contributes to local economy, and is considerably easier to store than wood.
Must have electricity for operation, pellet bags must be stored in a consistently dry area, pellet stoves do require scheduled cleanings as well as annual maintenance to ensure optimal efficiency.
Natural Gas provides consistent heating, with a lower cost, options on these types of units can include thermostat controls, remotes, they require minimal cleaning, and a nice view of fire, a variety of gas burning units can be manually operated during power outages to maintain heat.
If you do not already have natural gas, the costs to install and set up service can be high, it is not a renewable source, and contributes to large corporations, not local economy.
Propane will also provide consistent heating, with options on units that can also include thermostat controls, remotes, the require minimal cleaning, and a nice view of fire, a variety of gas burning units can be manually operated during power outages to maintain heat.
This is one of the higher costs for heating sources, it is not a renewable source, and contributes to large corporations, not local economy.
This pro and con list is a very generic listing, we highly recommend that our customers do their own research on cost, efficiency, and availability for the fuel source they are interested in. For customers interested in pellets, Orley’s does our best to maintain a supply of pellets year-round for customers to purchase, we also have many local small businesses we work with that sell cord wood and have numbers to AVISTA Utilities for gas customers.