Wood stove vs pellet stove
We currently have a Hearthstone (soapstone) woodstove in our open living room. It is over 20 years old and needs to be replaced. We love the looks and heat that this thing produces. The room has 18 foot cathedral ceilings and a balcony overlooking the room. When we open the doors of the bedrooms on the balcony, they too stay warm. We have a ceiling fan which circulates the heat.
Problem is, we're getting sick of the woodstove grind: cutting of trees, stacking wood, lugging it in constantly.
We're also not getting any younger and are thinking about doing all that for the next 20 years!
So we're thinking about pellet stoves. My DH has already checked some out and likes the Harmons. Our concerns are about the amount of heat they produce. Our Hearthstone really cooks and we like that high, even heat. Will a pellet stove keep the rooms warm? Our friends who have them love the convienience, but they are heating small areas like a basement rec room, or a converted breezeway. Any advice would be helpful.