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Pros and cons of pellets, cordwood 

Pellets

PROS: Convenience, price (compared to oil), automation, low emissions. Convection heat doesn’t dry the air as much as a woodstove.

CONS: The stoves require more maintenance and cleaning and are less versatile. They require electric power to operate.

Cordwood

PROS: Less maintenance, price (compared to oil), aesthetics. No electric power required.

CONS: More work starting and tending fires, emissions. Radiant heat dries the air in the home.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NORTHAMPTON — Does this sound familiar? You shuffle downstairs in your bathrobe through the semi-darkness of a rising sun and hunch down to check the woodstove. After digging in the ashes for coals, and finding none, your first attempt at starting a new blaze ends in smoky failure. You’re grunting to yourself now, like a Neolithic man on his quest …

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