Would A Pellet Fireplace Help Decrease My Heating Bills?

Would A Pellet Fireplace Help Decrease My Heating Bills?

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Janel Laban
Oct 4, 2010

Q: I have a 1934 one story bungalow in Durham, NC that's just under 1400 square feet. I have a great old fireplace in my home that I don't use: it was constructed to burn coal on one side and has an input for a wood burning or coal burning stove on the other side. It needs serious rehab before I can use it and I'd prefer to upgrade to an eco-friendly option that could help decrease my heating bills.

I'm considering installing a pellet stove/pellet insert. Ideally, I would love to find a system that would showcase the fire on both sides of the double sided hearth.

Do you have advice on pellet burning stoves? Are they truly environmentally friendly? Also, are there two sided/see through versions available that I could tuck into the fireplace (if I remove the center brick wall) or is this a pipe dream? I'd welcome other suggestions on what to do with the fireplace as well.

(Dimensions of fire place opening: 18" wide x 25" tall)

Thank you!

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