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Wood, pellet or combi stove: which one to choose?

A designer wood stove with a log storage unit
The Connect Wood model from Rika has several possible configurations

Wood, pellet or combi stove, three types of stoves to cover all your needs.

But which one to choose?

Autumn has begun, the days are getting shorter and colder, the leaves are turning the colors of fire. The sky takes on shades of gray and we would like, at the end of each day, to go home, put down our coat and enjoy the captivating warmth and pleasant atmosphere. However, the rise in gas and electricity prices and the resulting debates are increasing, uncertainty and concern reign, both for this year and for those to come. To deal with the problem, many families are evaluating the purchase of a stove, a solution identified to try to contain costs, especially in a long-term perspective.

If you have already convinced yourself about purchasing a stove, the question arises: Which style of stove would be best suited?

Let's try to clarify things and find a personalized solution among the three categories of stoves available: wood, pellet and combi.

When choosing the right stove for your needs, there are pros and cons to consider and important factors to take into account.

A cast iron wood stove
The Allegra wood stove is made of high quality cast iron

Wood stoves: the charm of heat without electricity

If you are looking for an emotional factor, there is no doubt that the wood stove is the favorite. A natural, live flame, a light that paints the walls. The melodic crackling of burning wood, a soft background to immerse yourself in reading. The wood stove is a pleasure for body and mind.

Before letting emotions choose, there are also technical aspects to satisfy. Let's see what the real advantages of a wood stove are.

Wood provides unique warmth, but it is not always possible to regulate it. Thanks to technological innovations, manufacturers have developed increasingly efficient combustion systems over the years, but the difficulty of adjustment remains.

In terms of eco-sustainability, wood is an excellent fuel since it is completely renewable. In addition, in new generation stoves, wood combustion has a low CO2 release.

The main advantage is certainly economic: the cost of wood is lower than that of pellets and using the stove without electricity leads to additional savings on energy consumption. In addition, the autonomy of wood allows the stove to operate even in the event of a power outage.

Paradoxically, it is exactly this aspect that represents the greatest disadvantage. The absence of power means it is impossible to program and light the wood stove remotely. An inconvenience which can be more or less decisive depending on your lifestyle. If you spend the majority of your time at home, a wood stove may be the right solution. In this case, programming the stove is not a priority.

To complete our little overview of wood stoves, there is another significant factor to evaluate. Your available space. In fact, wood storage requires specific planning.

Are you convinced? Discover our wood stoves or request an appointment to visit our showroom and ask all your questions.

If, on the contrary, you have doubts about the efficiency of these stoves for you, then dive into the world of pellets.

A pellet stove dressed in soapstone
Espa in soapstone is a pellet stove only 28 cm deep

Pellet stoves: heat efficiency without waste

At first glance, pellet stoves may seem less romantic than wood stoves. From an aesthetic point of view, our pellet products offer solutions similar to wood stoves. Refined coverings in soapstone, earthenware, stoneware, steel, cast iron and aluminum make the stoves real design elements.

What we cannot imitate is the charm of the flame produced by wood: the flame of the pellets is less bright and the atmosphere less intense, relevant details for those who are sensitive to it. However, the best manufacturers work on the combustion and the shape of the pellet brazier, to obtain an increasingly soft and natural flame. We invite you to our expo, so you can see the flame live and evaluate this important aspect when choosing your stove.

The acoustics are also different. The wood stove reproduces the gentle crackling of wood, a sound absent from pellet stoves in which there is also a motor which emits a slight noise when lighting.

This type of stove requires electricity to operate. While this feature represents an additional expense, albeit limited, it offers practicality and comfort. Indeed, pellet stoves are ideal if you spend little time at home. Thanks to the application and the WiFi device, it is possible to program them for remote ignition, limiting waste and allowing you to return home to a warm atmosphere, at the exact temperature you have set.

Other benefits? Storing pellets requires small spaces and thanks to the tanks which can be loaded between 12 kg and 50 kg (depending on the model) the stove will automatically take the quantity of pellets necessary to keep the flame lit. This allows a more punctual supply than with wood. So you can carry out your activities without worrying about having to recharge the stove for fear of it going out.

Regarding the costs and availability of both fuels, it is currently difficult to make a comparison, as the current scenario is constantly changing.

A mixed wood and pellet stove with soapstone cladding
Rika Paro mixed wood and pellet stove

Combi stoves: the combination of charm and efficiency

The advantages and disadvantages listed for the two categories have raised questions rather than dispelled doubts. The convenience of pellets is a practical benefit for everyone, but the charm of the flame produced by wood is an emotion that is difficult to give up. If only they could be combined...

It's possible ! With hybrid or combi stoves, you don't need to compromise. These stoves allow you to access the convenience of pellets in the programming or remote management phase while giving you the pleasure of loading logs once you get home and enjoying the heat and unique movements of the flame. drink.

How does a combi stove work? Everything happens with great simplicity. Once the logs are inserted, the stove changes its operation automatically. When the load of wood is used up, the stove reactivates pellet operation by collecting it in the tank. Thanks to dual operation, the combi stove summarizes the advantages of both modes, including the possibility of operating a stove even in the event of a power outage.

Silence is another advantage of combi stoves, but exclusive to Austrian-made products, which benefit from long experience in this particular market segment. Our hybrid stoves operate silently with wood and pellets, a feature that makes them unique in this category.

Our hybrid stoves can be equipped with all innovative options such as Multiair hot air channeling, remote control via Wi-Fi and the new voice assistant.

The combi stoves we have selected have a very large pellet tank and a combustion chamber large enough to accommodate logs 30 to 35 cm long.

Once you have identified the category of stoves that best suits you, all that remains is to discover the models available. The different characteristics such as calorific value, size and design can be discovered in our exhibition in Sembrancher with the support and expertise of our on-site salespeople.

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