10 Things You Need to Know About Wood Pellet Fireplaces


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The Downsides
These little pellets may cause respiratory problems -- to help avoid this, buy the highest quality pellets you can find.
These little pellets may cause respiratory problems -- to help avoid this, buy the highest quality pellets you can find.
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Wood pellet fireplaces offer a lot of benefits, such as wallet- and eco-friendly properties, but they don't deliver perfection. Because wood burns differently than natural gas or oil, some people may experience respiratory difficulties. Lower quality pellets will exacerbate this.

Pellet fireplaces need power to operate, so if your power goes out, so does your heat. You'll need to invest in backup generators if you want to ensure continued use (although some wood pellet fireplaces come with backup batteries). Also, be sure that if your wood pellet fireplace is close to your central heating thermostat, it's not delivering a skewed gauge of your whole-home heat, making the rest of the house too cold.

The fireplaces aren't cheap: Plan on spending $1,500 to $3,000 or more, not including installation. Finally, some users report that pellet fires are more noisy and not as pretty as the crackling of log fires.

To learn more about fireplaces, check out the links below.

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Sources

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  • Consumer Reports. "Buyer's guide to pellet- and wood-burning stoves." August 2009. (May 1, 2011) http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/heating-cooling-and-air/wood-stoves/buyers-guide-to-pellet-and-wood-burning-stoves-1-07/overview/0701_pellet-stove.htm
  • Fireplaces.com. "2011 Tax Credit FAQs." (May 1, 2011) http://www.fireplaces.com/Resources/Tax%20Credit/2011%20Tax%20Credit/2011%20Tax%20Credit%20FAQs.aspx
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