Last year we were left with a broken pellet stove and had to make the tough decision of whether to buy another pellet stove or switch to a wood stove insert. In the end, we decided to get a wood stove insert and today I am sharing why we decided to go that route plus share a few pretty pics of our family room fireplace. It is so pretty you guys!
Our New Wood Stove Insert
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First things first, we live in a beautiful but VERY drafty farmhouse! When we purchased our home over 5 years ago we thought we were doing the responsible thing by asking for the energy bills from the previous owners. Well…. what we didn’t realize at the time was that they sent us energy bills from a house they had no longer been living in. So basically energy bills from a house they were only heating to keep the pipes from freezing. Yikes!
Unfortunately, we have still dealt with frozen pipes (read that here) and many days bundled up in lots of layer to keep us warm and comfortable. I share 5 tips for how we keep warm in winter without turning up the thermostat here.
Over the last 5 years that we have lived here we have tried our best to make wise home improvement changes to keep our energy bills down while keeping our family warm in the winter. One big reason we decided to add shiplap to our kitchen and dining room walls was to add an extra layer of insulation to our old walls. (you can see our kitchen here & dining room here)
Here is a pic of our Pellet Stove in better days…
Last fall our pellet stove stopped working and unfortunately it took almost 2 months of waiting for someone to look at it…. and then another month for a part to come in and have it be fixed…. only to later to be condemned. (You can see how the fan detached from the stove which is why we needed to replace it)
So… we went all winter without a fireplace in the family room. It was so so cold in there!
When it came time to decide between pellet and wood we spent hours researching what we thought was best. We really did love our old pellet stove but decided to get a wood stove insert mostly due to cost and storage. Wood pellets need to be stored in a dry location and they take up a lot of room. You also have to buy the good pellets (ones that aren’t too smokey and made of hard wood) in the summer or you can’t find them anywhere. Also, wood pellets can get expensive and there price seems to vary from year to year.
Wood is free especially if you cut it down and split it yourself.
We also have a TON of it. I just recently made a firewood rack to help store it.
Finally in April, our new wood stove was delivered and installed by our local fireplace store.
Just in time for the warm Spring weather, Ha!
We love the look of our new Quadra-Fire voyager grand insert. The wood stove insert has a much slimmer profile than our pellet stove did making our fireplace look much larger. It can hold A LOT of firewood and the surround is cast iron so it continues to hold it’s heat even after our fire dies out.
The fire burning through the glass is so pretty. It is super simple to keep the glass clean with the glass cleaner they gave as when they installed the fireplace. Here is the link to the fireplace cleaner we have, Perkins Hearth and Grill Conditioning Glass Cleaner, 8 Fluid Ounces
We are enjoying our family room SO much more now that it is warm in there again and we have hardly needed to turn the heat on despite the cool fall temps we have been having here in Pa. Even Moose has a new favorite spot to take a nap!
I hope this post helps anyone who might be thinking about getting a wood stove insert of their own!
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