Are wood pellet stoves energy efficient?


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Pellet stoves are energy efficient, and some models are significantly more efficient than wood stoves and fireplaces. The stoves' high efficiency helps to make them the least-polluting solid fuel used for home heating.

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Are wood pellet stoves energy efficient?
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Another benefit is relatively low installation costs. A freestanding pellet stove typically doesn't require a chimney or flue pipe, and a pellet-stove insert uses an existing fireplace. Most models have built-in storage for at least a day's worth of pellets. Because of the high cost of the pellets, pellet stoves have a relatively high cost-per-unit of heat produced compared to wood stoves and natural-gas and coal heating appliances.

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