Everyone's looking for ways to save on home heating costs. Two options are pellet stoves and wood-burning stoves. Wood-burning stoves have been around for years, but pellet stoves are relative newcomers on the market.
To start a fire in a wood-burning stove, you need tinder, kindling and wood. Sheets of newspaper can be used for tinder. Then, use small pieces of wood for kindling. Next, you place two pieces horizontally, then two pieces vertically on top of them. Continue in a log cabin-style pattern. Then, light the newspaper and the kindling will quickly catch fire.
Fire needs air, and the spaces between the kindling provide that. After creating a draft, place small pieces from the wood pile on top of the flames and leave the door open slightly for a few minutes to get the fire going. Then add wood to the roaring fire. You have to regularly check on the fire and add wood.
You'll have to do a lot less work to get a fire going with a pellet stove. A pellet stove uses electricity. You load pellets into a hopper and an auger, which looks like a screw, moves the pellets from the hopper to the burn pot. A pellet stove determines when more pellets are needed and automatically feeds them into the burn pot.