What is a "pierogie"?
Pasta pocket, a bit like a ravioli, filled with any sort of various fillings, usually potato, onion, cheese, etc. You can boil them, fry them and I'm sure there are a few other ways to prepare them. Very yummy!
Not sure of the ethnicity of them (origin). My mom was German and ate them all the time, but aren't they more Polish?
On the other note, Bill, you will find the DVC-500 to produce no more, and probably less, mess than your pellet stove. I have a Keystoker direct vent in my totally finished basement, burning bagged Blaschak. The coal is damp out of the bag, so there's no dust, and the rest of the stove handling only produces minimal ash dust. Yes, I have to run the Swiffer around the basement a little more often, but it's sure worth it. There is NO soot, NO smell, and LOTS of heat. My wife thought I'd lost my marbles when I put the stove in, but now, if she can't sleep, she'll go down to the basement and sit in front of the stove and doze off in the easy chair. Priceless!