How does the Vent-free gas heating stove compare to a pellet burning stove? As you might expect, there are many solutions when it comes to providing supplemental heat for your home. While wood burning stoves are classic and romantic, they are often messy and require extra storage space for all the lumber. Enter the pellet stove. Pellet fuels are made from densely compacted biomass sources such as sawdust and other sawmill byproducts. Other woody biomasses are sometimes used and pellets can even be created from grasses. The low level of moisture and density of the pellets allows for a very high burning efficiency and much less mess.

Pellet stoves are considered to be highly efficient fuel burners in the range of 75% efficiency. The natural gas burned by vent-free stoves comes in at a whopping 99% efficiency. Gas also burns cleaner than the pellets. Due to their biomass nature, pellets produce some smoke – although it is less than a classic wood burn. In a vent-free gas stove, the gas is pumped automatically into the unit via gas lines with no effort. Pellet hoppers must be refilled frequently. Gas is totally clean and produces no ash, but pellet stove ash must be cleaned up.

Gas stoves provide more flexibility of installation because they are vent-free. Pellet stoves require a special kind of sealed exhaust pipe to be installed for proper functioning. This flexibility advantage carries over to control of the fire itself. Gas stoves often allow for heat output and flame height to be adjusted. While pellet stoves require less tending than traditional wood stoves, they still require feeding and tinkering to get the flame you want.

The primary advantage pellet stoves have over their gas burning competition is that the fuel has variety. Vent-free gas stoves exclusively run on natural gas or liquid propane tanks, depending on the type of stove you buy. Pellet stoves, on the other hand, can burn a variety of combustible biomass. Another potential positive for the pellet stove, depending on your preference, is that they do produce a slight wood-burning smell. Natural gas burns so cleanly that it is essentially odorless, which keeps clothing, hair and upholstery free of smoky odors.

Pellet stoves offer choices of fuel sources. However, vent-free supplemental stoves have a definite edge over pellet stoves in terms of cleanliness, efficiency and ease-of-use. Mr. Vent Free is here to answer your questions – just call us at (845) 702-0727.