Alternative Heat Sources for Your Home

Wood and Pellet Burning Stove Safety| Space Heater Safety.3 Types of Alternative Heat Sources for Your Home

These past few winters seemed to have been colder than normal, forcing people to look for alternative heat sources for their homes.  Most people are looking for alternative ways to heat the rooms they occupy the most while turning down the thermostat in rooms not used as much such as bedrooms, laundry rooms and basements.

Three types of alternative heat sources are wood burning stoves, pellet burning stoves and portable space heaters.  All are good ways to heat the rooms used most in the home and reducing the monthly heating bill.

Wood Burning Stoves

These stoves are not set into a wall like a fireplace so a person can walk completely around the stove.  It includes a fire chamber, a stove pipe connected to a chimney for venting out the smoke it produces from burning wood.  It uses chopped wood for fuel.

Pellet Stoves

This kind of stove is similar to a wood burning stove except for two things.  It uses wood or corn pellets for fuel and it is vented out from an exhaust vent on the stove out to a vent through the wall.

Portable Space Heater

The most common type of portable space heater is run on electricity.  It usually has a fan to distribute the heat it produces and a control for regulating the temperature of the heat.

Safety Tips for Wood/Pellet Burning Stoves and Portable Space Heaters

  • Never leave stoves or heaters unattended
  • Always have a Fire Extinguisher nearby
  •  Don’t build too big of a fire
  • Make sure your home is equipped with both a Smoke Detector and a Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Don’t burn trash in wood or pellet burning stoves
  • Always supervise children near stoves or space heaters
  • Keep furniture, fuel sources, books and other items 3 feet from stoves and space heaters
  • Clean out ashes from stoves on a regular basis
  • Make sure the space heater has an automatic shut off if tipped over
  • Keep your pets away from the stove or space heater

Whether you are considering a wood/pellet burning stove or a space heater for your home it is a good idea to do some research to ensure you choose what fits best for you and your family. Once you have made your decision make sure you check your homeowner’s insurance policy. Some insurance companies require additional coverage on wood or pellet burning stoves.

By: Christine Gaffron