Re: pellett or wood stove?
Mallard, there are benefits and drawbacks of both.
My opinion: either will fit your needs. I would get all the options available (blower, thermostat, battery back up etc). Please make certain the area near heat source is properly constructed. If you are going to burn very often get the wood burner. Wood will be cheaper than pellets as long as you already have the tools to process firewood. Do you have room to process and store the firewood?
If you are going to burn infrequently get the pellet.
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