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Fuel Choice Matrix

Use this chart to learn more about different fuel types—and make the best choice for you.


Wood

Pellet / Corn

Electric
Benefits Natural and available. Wood can supplement furnace usage and reduce heating costs up to 30%. Clean-burning and consistent. Pellets are affordable, available and renewable. Extremely reliable heat. No gas or wood to purchase. No venting required. Install almost anywhere.
Fire Characteristics Expect robust, steady fires. Harman wood products deliver even heat, long burns and high-efficiency. Active and robust. A small fire can burn an inch high, while a powerful 10-inch blaze is bright and intense. A unique, hypnotic glow with no actual flames.
Fire Starting Paper, kindling and fire-starting logs are effective. Automatic thermostats and temperature controls do the work for you—just keep your hopper filled. Use an outlet or have the unit hardwired. Then, simply flip a switch or grab your remote.
Type of Heat Adding more fuel will immediately increase convective heat. Radiant heat will remain steady. Most of the heat is convectional—blown through a heat exchanger and out into the home. Electric fireplaces produce radiant heat—and you completely control the heat output.
Fuel Storage & Handling Dry storage is important. A cord of wood is stacked 4'x4'x8'. On average, a 1,500 sq. ft. home will require 2-4 cords per season. Pellets are normally available in 40 lb. bags. A 1,500 sq. ft. home will use 2-4 tons per season, on average. Electric fireplaces are extremely hassle-free and don't require any fuel storage.

Use this chart to learn more about different fuel types—and make the best choice for you.

WOOD
BENEFITS Natural and available. Wood can supplement furnace usage and reduce heating costs up to 30%.
FIRE CHARACTERISTICS Expect robust, steady fires. Harman wood products deliver even heat, long burns and high-efficiency.
FIRE STARTING Paper, kindling and fire-starting logs are effective.
TYPE OF HEAT Adding more fuel will immediately increase convective heat. Radiant heat will remain steady.
FUEL STORAGE & HANDLING Dry storage is important. A cord of wood is stacked 4'x4'x8'. On average, a 1,500 sq. ft. home will require 2-4 cords per season.
PELLET/CORN
BENEFITS Clean-burning and consistent. Pellets are affordable, available and renewable.
FIRE CHARACTERISTICS Active and robust. A small fire can burn an inch high, while a powerful 10-inch blaze is bright and intense.
FIRE STARTING Automatic thermostats and temperature controls do the work for you—just keep your hopper filled.
TYPE OF HEAT Most of the heat is convectional—blown through a heat exchanger and out into the home.
FUEL STORAGE & HANDLING Pellets are normally available in 40 lb. bags. A 1,500 sq. ft. home will use 2-4 tons per season, on average.
GAS
BENEFITS Convenience. Quickly turn the fire on or off, adjust flame height and fire intensity.
FIRE CHARACTERISTICS Gas fires are consistent and controllable by design. You choose the fire's intensity.
FIRE STARTING Flip a switch or grab your remote. It's that easy.
TYPE OF HEAT Enjoy a steady mix of radiant and convective heat.
FUEL STORAGE & HANDLING Fed through a pipeline or delivered to your home and stored in an outside tank.
ELECTRIC
BENEFITS Extremely reliable heat. No gas or wood to purchase. No venting required. Install almost anywhere.
FIRE CHARACTERISTICS A unique, hypnotic glow with no actual flames.
FIRE STARTING Use an outlet or have the unit hardwired. Then, simply flip a switch or grab your remote.
TYPE OF HEAT Electric fireplaces produce radiant heat—and you completely control the heat output.
FUEL STORAGE & HANDLING Electric fireplaces are extremely hassle-free and don't require any fuel storage.