Fireplace or pellet stove? How to choose

Fireplace or pellet stove? Here is a careful guide that will explain how to choose between one pellet stove and a fireplace stove; here's what to consider to choose the best.

To choose between afireplace stove and a pellet stove, we refer you to the in-depth page Fireplace or Stove? Here's how to choose,in the article we have given you someadviceand provided with evaluation elements such as:

  • The size of the room to be heated
  • The structural differences offireplaces and pellet stoves
  • The structural needs for installation
  • The types of fuel stoves compared with pellets
  • The possible need to heat the entire house withfireplace stoves or pellet stoves

Fireplace or leather stoves

In the articleA pellet stove is worthwhilewe told you about the prices, the thermal power and the incentives that the Thermal Account provides for both the purchase of a pellet stove and for those who buy a biomass-fueled fireplace stove (wood or pellets), not provided for fireplaces to ethanol or heating systems not a biomass. Remember, that at the time of choice, you must also evaluate the ancillary costs (purchase of fuel, maintenance, any structural adjustments for the home, such as the introduction of a predisposition for the flue).

Fireplaces or pellet stoves can they heat the whole house?
Orienting one's choice towardsfireplace stoves or pellet stoves, it is also possible to heat the water for the radiators, bringing the heat to all the rooms. In this case, it will be necessary to connect them to the existing plumbing system of the house.


Afireplace stoveit can be powered by wood, pellets or bioethanol. In addition to heating the house, it manages to furnish it with great style and charm. Among its advantages there is certainly the additional aesthetic value it brings to the home that welcomes it. A fireplace stove is generally composed of:

  • Cavity where combustion takes place, called "heating body".
  • Flue, a duct that conveys the combustion fumes outside the home.
  • Smoke channel, a pipe that connects the "heating body" to the flue.
  • Coating is what determines the aesthetic appearance of the fireplace. The material can be different in color and finish, so you can choose onefireplace stovefully respecting the style of furniture and the design of the environment.
  • Hood, is the element that connects the covering to the ceiling.
  • Possible ash collection drawer and ventilation grids.

Pellet stoves

Apellet stovepromises savings and low maintenance but fails to guarantee the same charm guaranteed by afireplace stove. The elements that generally make up the pellet stoves I'm:

  • Door, usually in ceramic glass resistant to high temperatures.
  • External coating which, as for thefireplaces, it can be of a different finish and color but since it is an integral part of the device, the choices are much more limited.
  • Hot air outlet grille, from which heat can come out both by convection and by ventilation.
  • Fuel tank, unlike thefireplace stovewhere only some models have a fuel tank, pellet stoves incorporate a cavity that contains the pellets to be delivered to the combustion chamber.
  • Crucible of combustion, the chamber in which the pellets are burned.
  • Heating air fans, this is a centrifugal fan that pushes the air heated by an electrical resistance into the crucible that causes the pellets to ignite. In the event of a blackout, the pellet stove may not work.
  • Combustion air extractor that conveys the air into the burner and simultaneously pushes the fumes produced by the combustion of the pellets.
  • Fume exhaust extractor that conveys the combustion fumes towards the exhaust vent.
  • Exhaust nozzle, acts like a flue and is a pipe that expels the combustion fumes.

Who wondershow a pellet stove works, must know that all the mechanisms listed above are controlled by an electronic board equipped with a microprocessor that regulates the air flow and power supply in order to optimize combustion.

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