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Autumn has begun, the days are becoming shorter and cooler, the leaves are tinged with the colours of fire. The sky takes on shades of grey and all we want, at the end of each day, is to go home, take off our coat and enjoy some healthy, familiar and environmental warmth. This would be a pleasant atmosphere, typical of years gone by, but the increase in gas costs and the related supply difficulties have meant we have not been able to embrace autumn with such a warm welcome.
The debates on the increase in the price of gas are increasing, and uncertainty and concern reign, both for this year and for those to come. To tackle the problem, many families are evaluating the purchase of a stove, a solution identified to try to contain costs, especially in a long-term perspective.
In fact, despite the inflation that is affecting biofuels, wood products would allow “savings of up to 900 Euro per year to heat a 100 square meter house. 55% less than natural gas, which costs around 1,650 Euro. Similarly, pellets could guarantee annual savings of 700 Euro (-44%).
If you have already decided to purchase a stove, you are probably looking for information to make the right purchase, to answer any questions you may have. One in particular: which is the right stove for your needs?
Let’s try to clarify and find the best solution for you from the three categories of stoves available: wood-burning, pellet and hybrid.
To choose the right stove for your needs, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to consider and important factors to take into account.
If you are also looking for the emotional factor, there is no doubt that the wood-burning stove is the firm favourite. A natural, lively, sinuous flame, a light that paints the walls. The melodic crackle of burning wood, a soothing background to immerse yourself in a good book. The wood-burning stove is a pleasure for the body and for the soul.
Before letting emotions choose, there are also some technical aspects to be satisfied. Let’s have a look at what the actual benefits of a wood-burning stove are.
Wood provides unique warmth, but it can be difficult to regulate. Through technological innovations, over the years Piazzetta has developed increasingly efficient combustion systems that have improved the combustion of wood, but still the difficulty of regulating it persists.
In terms of eco-sustainability, wood is an excellent fuel as it is completely renewable. Furthermore, in new generation stoves, the combustion of wood has a low release of CO2.
Another advantage is the economic aspect: the cost of wood is lower than that of pellets. In addition, the autonomy of the wood-burning stove allows it to work even in the unfortunate case of a power failure.
This feature also represents the biggest drawback. The absence of current results in the inability to program and switch on the wood-burning stove remotely. A disadvantage that can be fairly decisive depending on your way of living at home: if you spend a lot of time there, the wood-burning stove can be the right solution because programming it can be an advantage that actually goes beyond your expectations.
To complete our quick guide to wood-burning stoves, there is another factor to consider and this is the space you have available to you, especially regarding the storage of wood, which requires ample space.
If you have any uncertainty about the efficiency of these stoves for you, it is certainly worth looking into pellet operation.
At first glance, pellet stoves may seem less romantic than wood-burning stoves. From an aesthetic point of view, Piazzetta offers similar solutions, offering for both refined majolica claddings that make the stoves actual design elements.
What we cannot emulate is the beauty of the flame produced by wood: the flame of the pellets is less lively and the atmosphere less intense, relevant aspects for anyone for whom these details play an important part.
The sound aspect is also different: the wood-burning stove reproduces the sweet crackle of wood, a sound absent in pellet stoves in which there is also a fan that emits a slight noise.
Pellet stoves require the use of electricity to operate and this allows greater practicality, an important factor: thanks to the MyPiazzetta App and the standard Wi-Fi device, it is possible to program the switching on and off of the stoves and their remote ignition, limiting waste and meaning that you can return home to be greeted by a warm atmosphere, at the exact temperature that you yourself have set.
Other advantages? Pellet storage requires small spaces and, thanks to our large tanks, between 14kg and 30kg can be loaded (depending on the model) and the stove will automatically feed in the quantity of pellets needed to keep the flame burning. This results in more occasional refilling with respect to wood. As such, you can carry out your home activities without worrying about having to refill the stove for fear that it will go out.
Regarding the costs and availability of the two fuels, it is currently difficult to make a comparison as the current scenario is constantly changing.
The advantages and disadvantages listed for the two categories have perhaps created more indecision rather than dispelling uncertainty. The convenience of pellets is a practical benefit for anyone, but the beauty of the flame produced by wood is an emotion that is difficult to compromise on. If only the two could be combined…
And you can: with hybrid stoves there’s no need to compromise. These stoves allow you to access the convenience of pellets during programming or remote management, leaving you with the pleasure of loading the wood logs once you return home and enjoying the warmth and the unique movements of the wood flame.
How does a hybrid stove work? Everything happens with superior simplicity and naturalness: once the wood logs have been introduced, the stove changes its operation automatically; once the wood load is depleted, the stove reactivates the operation of pellets, recovering them from the tank. Thanks to the dual operation, the hybrid stove enjoys the advantages of the two modes, including the possibility of having a stove running even in the event of a power failure.
Silence is another benefit of hybrid stoves, but exclusive to the Piazzetta Infinity Plus stoves: our hybrid stoves work silently with both wood and pellets, a feature that makes them unique within this category.
It is possible to include all the innovative options developed by Piazzetta in our hybrid stove. The Multifuoco® System, the ducting and the Multicomfort function to heat several rooms and to set different temperatures. The Heat Storage System and Majolica Heat Release storage heating systems for healthy enduring heat. The Infinity Control System to manage the flame, the MyPiazzetta app to program the stove. The Aluker firebox, the large pellet tank in the base of the stove and a large burn pot: you can add all of our solutions to your Piazzetta hybrid stove for optimised heating.
Once you have identified the category of stoves that best suits your needs, the available models remain to be discovered, different in terms of calorific value, size and design.
If you still have unanswered questions, contact your nearest dealer: they are trained to identify the best solution for you.