pgfireplaces wrote:Hi I just read your post.I have not much experience about fireplace insert but I think wood burning stoves stoves are more effective.wood burning stove is often used for heating rooms or cooking food. Different types of wood stoves are used for different purposes as per the user's requirements. Wood stoves are primarily made up of iron or other kinds of metals and use wood as their main source of bio-fuel.
From looking at your links and your chosen "name" I can see why you'd feel that wood burning stoves are more effective but you are going to get an argument from the majority of members here. Wood burning stoves do have their place in this world but overall they are not more effective or efficient. In my opinion, wood stoves come in a distance second behind coal for home heating, domestic hot water production (can wood stoves even produce domestic hot water) or cooking. The primary reason folks go with wood over coal is the lack of availability and lack of knowledge of coal - if you can't get coal cheaper then you can get wood then go with wood but if a reliable source of coal is readily available informed, knowledgeable folks tend to go with coal; even if the wood is "free." In fact, a favorite saying on the forum is "sell the wood and buy coal with the money."
First off there is no "free wood." You pay for that wood with your labor; it has to be cut, stacked, and moved at least 3 times before it ever gets into the stove. With coal that labor and the amount of movement is reduced. Even if you buy wood already in cords, to produce the same BTUs, coal is still less expensive to buy and you can have it put right into your coal bin. It doesn't attract bugs and other vermin like wood does. Coal is easy to store outside, too, because it doesn't attract vermin and will burn wet. The only reason you have to cover coal is insure it doesn't freeze into a solid mass; one blow of a big hammer takes care of that. Coal is also considerably cleaner to use then wood both in the actual burning and area surrounding the stove. Coal doesn't create creosote so there is no fear of a chimney fire and it doesn't leave a trail of bits and pieces between the stove and the door. All these are true and valid reasons to use coal over wood but the biggest factor is BTU production. Coal wins hands down. It also doesn't require constant tending. I can load my coal stove and forget about it for 15 hours or more. You can't say that about a wood stove.
No, I'm sorry but your belief that wood stoves are more effective then coal stoves is wrong and won't stand up in a side by side comparison. Wood stoves have a place but they aren't more effective or user friendly than coal. I hope you have a good day, Lisa