Pros and Cons of Wood-Burning Stoves

You are looking for a new way to heat your home, and you would like to be more economical, environmentally-friendly, and energy-efficient in your choice.You may be surprised to learn exactly how environmentally-friendly wood-burning stoves have become. We at Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County would like to give you the pros and cons of wood-burning stoves  so you can make a more informed decision about if a wood stove is right for you.

Don't wonder...ask! We are here to help you make the best decision for your family.

Don’t wonder…ask! We are here to help you make the best decision for your family



  • Newer EPA-certified wood-burning stoves burn much more cleanly than fireplaces and older non EPA-certified wood stoves.
  • If wood is harvested and managed properly, it can be an entirely renewable heat resource.
  • If you use wood that would have decomposed otherwise, you will have the added benefit of heat while the wood releases all the carbon dioxide it has kept during its growth.
  • Cord wood is easier to find than pellets.
  • Wood-burning stoves do not use electricity, so you will not have to worry about losing heat if the power is off.


  • The most efficient wood stoves top out around the low end of pellet stove efficiency, so they are not as energy-efficient as pellet stoves. Also, wood-burning stoves provide 75 to 80% fewer BTUs per cubic foot of fuel.
  • Well-seasoned cord wood has about two or three times more moisture than pellets.
  • Wood-burning stoves use a lot of wood. A cord of wood is about 15 trees with a 10-inch diameter, and a wood-burning stove owner typically uses about three cords of wood per year.

If you have any more questions about the differences pros and cons of wood-burning stoves, contact Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County today to speak to our experienced staff. We are happy to tell you more about this energy-efficient heating methods.