There are plenty of articles comparing the pros and cons of Gas heating to traditional Wood fire heating. The common consensus is that nothing beats the coziness and ambience of a wood fire. But from an cost and convenience perspective, gas heating seems to come out on top.
What about comparing a wood pellet heater and a gas heater? Both options present their own unique benefits. However, the advantages to gas heating are not so clear cut in this case.
A wood pellet heater uses wood pellets as its fuel source. Enviroheat Australia’s Wood pellets are made from waste biomass products such as sawdust and plantation thinning’s. The fuel is therefore part of a carbon cycle and a great way to reduce your climate change impacts. Furthermore EHA guarantees that it will always plant more trees than it processes so you are also helping the local ecology through revegetation and reducing salinity. You do need to know where your pellets are coming from though as if destroying rainforest to make them then it’s definitely not sustainable.
A pellet mill is used to compact the biomass into an incredibly dense fuel source. As a consequence of this Wood Pellet heaters are able to run at an efficiency of up to 95%, meaning when a pellet is burnt it produces very little air pollution or ash and the majority of the heat generated ends up in the room not up the chimney.
Gas heaters also burn at high efficiency, but you are burning a fossil fuel, and therefore not a renewable energy source.
Both Pellet heats and Gas Heaters can be switched on or off by pressing a button. There is very little user input required in the ongoing running of either system. With Wood Pellet heaters however they are fully programmable. You can program them to turn on at a particular time of day, maintain a constant room temperature via a thermostat and running time.
Gas Heaters are generally fuelled by the natural gas mains running into a house, whilst a pellet heater needs to have pellets filled into the hopper. Depending on the size of the heater and how often you use the heater, this needs to be done only 1 or 2 times a week. Not everyone is connected to the natural gas mains however, but wood pellets can be delivered to most people’s homes.
Because Pellet heaters burn so efficiently there is very little ash to clean out. This is a 1 minute job, once a week.
If you purchase wood pellets in bulk they can be delivered to your home at a price cheaper than what your yearly gas purchase for the same amount of heating would be. While gas prices are constantly on the rise predictions are wood pellets in Australia will not as more manufacturers come online with increased volumes.
Most pellet stoves cost between $2,000 and $4,000. However, a pellet heater is often cheaper to install than a gas appliance, especially if you do not have existing gas bayonets installed. As a result, the installed cost of the entire system may be less than that of a gas heater.
Like a traditional Wood fire, a wood pellet heater offer the dancing yellow flames that gives a room a cozy, warm look and feel. They radiate heat nicely and contain fans to circulate the heat efficiently to all parts of your home.
Both wood pellet heaters and Gas heaters operate at a very high efficiency. Both systems need very little user input and minimal ongoing maintenance. Cost wise, both systems are pretty equal, with Gas heaters having slightly less upfront costs but the ever increasing costs of natural gas means that lifetime costs put the pellet heater in front.
But the big advantages of a wood pellet heater over gas is that you are using a sustainable energy source to heat your home and doing your part to improve the environment, whilst boosting the local economies of those who manufacture Wood Pellets and still getting all the coziness of a wood flame.