Wood-pellet stoves offer many benefits to homeowners, including decreased storage space, lower fire hazard for children and pets, easier lighting and less frequent loading. They also produce less smoke and ash and fewer creosote deposits, leaving homes cleaner and fresher-smelling.
Depending on installation charges, shipping costs, availability of pellets and electricity fees, wood-pellet stoves may also provide some financial savings. However, a back-up generator may be necessary in areas where frequent electrical power outage occurs. Annual overall costs are estimated to be cheaper than that of gas heater use and slightly higher than operation of a fireplace, according to HowStuffWorks.