Gas or Pellet Stove?
Hi, I am new to your forum. My husband and I are looking into putting a freestanding stove in our home. We are looking at a direct vent gas or combination wood pellet/corn. We are totally lost as to which to get.
We have a 3000 sq foot rambler built in 1999. We would be installing the stove in our basement level. Ideally we would like the stove to be a main heat source of our home, with our furnace used only on very cold nights. First off, is this unrealistic?
We like the idea of the corn/pellet stove, but get confused when trying to figure out how much wood or corn we would go through. Whether that would be cost efficient. Also there is the storage of the corn or pellets to consider. Then there is gas. With the cost of natural gas right now, are we going to increase our utility bill rather than decrease or maintain it?
Our concern is that we will put in a stove (either gas or pellet) and end up spending more than we do on our heating costs. Does any one have any advice?
Thank you in advance!