I'm considering getting a pellet stove insert for my 1st floor LR fireplace because I want to feel warm at less cost. Are these units relatively trouble free?
I now have a 5700 Quadrafire in a basement with an open stairway. It takes at least 20 good sized pieces of wood a day to keep this rascal fired properly but it has cut my heating costs significantly. My house is a sieve. I live in the country and have access to wood which helps. I also wanted something that doesn't require any electricity.
I should analyze exactly how much this QF has saved me as I have incrementally changed my heating over the years.
I once had a hydro heater which is a fireplace heat exchanger that heated enough water to heat three baseboard hw zones at 0 degrees but it consumed a huge amount of wood.
My main heat source is a 40+year old Slant Fin approx 150KBTU op oil fired boiler with domestic hot water coil. The hw coil has since been decommissioned and I now use electric HW. That change saved me 400 g over the non heating season.
Now I have in addition to the oil boiler and QF wood stove two ductless units at the extremities my house. I can keep my house tolerably warm with only the WS and 2 ductless units. But nothing is nicer than having my boiler running and baseboard HW set at 72.
Ductless heat pumps might save but the heat doesn't feel as warm. Sorry for the rambling.