A fireplace is traditionally a place where once spends hours in front of on a cold winter night. The fact of the matter is that a traditional fireplace is notoriously inefficient. It is estimated that most of the old masonry fireplaces actually operate at only 15 % efficiency. It also allows the hot air in the house to disappear through the chimney if it is left open when there is no fire burning.

However, there are ways to increase not only the efficiency but also to improve the overall aesthetics of your fireplace by installing a Fireplace stove.

If you are going to install a stove in front of your fireplace, the fireplace simply can be used as the exhaust for the stove.

It is not necessary for you to have a fireplace to install a Fireplace stove. Being standalone a Fireplace stove can be located at any convenient location of your choice.

Wooden Fireplace Stoves
There are 3 main wooden fireplace stoves available today. A cheaper version of a wood stove is a box wood stove. In this kind of stove the fire is enclosed in a metal box. The door in this kind of stove is mot airtight, hence the efficiency is limited.

In comparison the airtight wood stove improves considerably over the earlier design. It has airtight doors and also is completely sealed. This kind of fireplace stoves is available with automatic or manual controls. This helps in increasing or decreasing the airflow to the fire within the stove.

It must be noted here that environmentally wood burning stoves are not the best choice. Wood burning in residential homes contributes to air pollution because of the emission of polynuclear organic pollutants. The Federal Government is also regulating the use and installation of wood burning stoves in many areas and especially in new constructions. It would be advisable to consult with experts in this field to make sure that you follow all Environmental Protection Laws before installing a wood burning stove.

Pellet Wood Stoves
The third type of fireplace stove which has gained the most popularity is the pellet wood stove. Using pellets which are an alternative to the regular wood. They are considered more environment friendly than regular wood. The pellet is made of pulp wood mostly obtained from waste pulp.

1. The wooden pellets which you need for the stove are small and hence easily storable unlike wooden logs.
2. This fireplace stove is easy to operate. You just need to load the pellets and the flame is easily ignitable.
3. Unlike wood burning stoves there is much lesser smoke. This means that there is no lingering burning smell inside your house.
4. Unlike firewood pellets leave behind much less ash.
5. The pellets are made from recycled material. This material because it is compressed so tightly gives off much less moisture than wood. Hence this dry fuel burns causes the pellets to burn hotter than traditional wood.
6. Wooden Pellets are inexpensive. They can also be bought in small quantities. Hence you do not need to store firewood.
7. Wooden pellets are favored by environmentalists since they are considered to be carbon neutral which essentially means that they are pollution free.

1. If you live in a remote location it might not be so easy to procure these wooden pellets. You will then have to get then shipped to you, which will mean an additional cost. This is not the case with firewood which is easily obtainable anywhere.
2. The cost of these Pellet fireplace stoves is much higher than the Wood burning fireplace stove.
3. Installation of these stoves is also more complicated and expensive.
4. The most important disadvantage is that these fireplace stoves run on electricity. That means if your electricity goes, so does the heating in your home.
5. The cost of running a pellet fireplace stove plus the electricity charges would be slightly more than a wood burning stove.
As you can see there are advantages and disadvantages with both these kinds of fireplace stoves. It is best that you consult with a company dealing with different fireplace stoves. Look at the pros and cons and then take a decision.