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How They Stack up Against Woodstoves (Cont.)

Venting options
Pellet:
Very little smoke; exhaust is drafted outside with a fan through a horizontal or vertical vent pipe.
Wood:
A passive system requiring a vertical chimney so that smoke can rise and flow outside.

Fuel availability
Pellet:
Find 40-pound bags of pellets at home centers and hardware and grocery stores in cold climates. Dealers will also deliver pellets by the ton.
Wood:
You may be able to harvest your own hardwood, but it must be properly seasoned. It's also sold by the bundle at stores or by the cord from tree-care pros.

Fuel storage
Pellet:
Bags of pellets should be kept indoors to guard against moisture infiltration.
Wood:
Wood can be stacked outside under cover and away from the house to prevent damage from termites.
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