The Eco-Choice WS18 medium-size wood-burning stove delivers warmth and comfort to your home, while being easy to operate and maintain. The durable steel construction and brick-lined firebox ensures the WS18 will deliver heat for years to come.
Mobile home approved. 81% effcient. Heats up to 1,956 sq. ft. 41,800 Peak Btu/Hour Output.
Pellet fuel appliances burn small, 3/8″ to 1-inch long pellets that look like rabbit feed. Pellets are made from compacted sawdust, wood chips, bark, agricultural crop waste, waste paper, and other organic materials. Some models can also burn nutshells, corn kernels, and small wood chips.
They are more convenient to operate and have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces. As a consequence of this, they produce very little air pollution.
In fact, pellet stoves are the cleanest of solid fuel-burning residential heating appliances. With combustion efficiencies of 78-85%, they are also exempt from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) smoke-emission testing requirements. Pellet stoves have heating capacities that range between 8,000 and 90,000 Btu per hour. They are suitable for homes as well as apartments or condominiums.
The design and technology that goes into creating modern wood burning stoves is quite a bit different from that which was found in the “stoves of yesterday.” Today’s wood stoves are excellent heat sources as well as being quite nice to look at. If you’re considering purchasing a heating unit for your home or upgrading one you already have, here are some facts you’ll enjoy knowing about wood burning stoves.
The biggest advantage homeowners have with a wood burning stove is the quality of heat the unit gives off. Woods stoves operate on the principal of radiant heat, which warms an area faster and more efficiently than warm air being blown through a home’s vent system. The powerful heat from a wood stove radiates from all sides of the unit as well as the top, sending warmth in all directions.
Wood is an inexpensive fuel source. It costs less per BTU than oil, gas or electricity. Homeowners who practice strategic zone heating in their homes can save hundreds of dollars in utility bills each year.
Gas fireplaces come in three types: inserts, for folks who want to retrofit a wood-burning firebox with something more convenient and efficient; built-ins, for those who want a fireplace where there isn’t one now; and log sets, basic burners that sit in existing, open fireplaces. Both inserts and built-in fireplaces are reliable heat producers, filling your room with a mix of warm air and radiant heat. Log sets are usually more for looks than warmth. With each type, you have a choice between models that vent the flames’ fumes outside or vent-free versions that discharge all their heat, and exhaust, into the house.
Wood-burning fireplaces provide great ambience, but they can’t beat the easy, no-fuss efficiency of gas.
You don’t have to split, stack, season, or haul logs.
There are no ashes to bag, no smoky smells, no chimney to clean.
You can start, adjust, and snuff out fires with the touch of a remote control.
The fire needs no tending and won’t die out from neglect.
A wall thermostat can control the flame size—and therefore heat output—to maintain a specific temperature setting in the room.
The fixed glass panels covering direct-vent fireboxes ensure that the furnace- or boiler-heated air in the rest of the house doesn’t escape up the flue, as it does with a wood fire.
You can get as much as 75 to 99 percent of a fuel’s energy back as heat, instead of the 10 to 30 percent for wood fires.
Gas fireplaces can go almost anywhere—in an upstairs bathroom, in a basement, or outdoors—without needing a chimney.