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The Difference Between Coal and Pellet Furnaces

Are you currently in the market for a new furnace? If so, you may have noticed that there are a lot of options available. Looking at all the different type of fuels can be somewhat daunting, and it may also be hard to determine which type of fuel source would best match your needs. At Northeastern Fireplace & Design, we want to help you choose the best furnace to suite your need. You may already know about the capabilities of gas and wood furnaces, as they are the two most common fuel sources used. However, there are two other types of fuels that are commonly being burned as well. Coal and pellet furnace usage is on the rise, and it’s critical to know the pros and cons of each type before making a decision on which type of furnace best fits your needs.

Coal Furnaces

The Difference Between Coal and Pellet Furnaces - Albany NY - Northeastern Fireplace & DesignCoal furnaces use coal (usually anthracite coal) as a fuel source. If you purchase a coal furnace, you will probably be surprised at how easy it is to maintain, especially if it is a self-stoking and self-loading furnace. Coal is much denser than wood, so it burns almost twice as efficient. The production of coal is very much alive in the U.S., especially in the coal-rich western and eastern parts of the country – this high, stable production of coal makes it one of the most cost-effective fuel sources available!

However, there are some downsides to using coal. It is not an environmental friendly fuel source. Although coal production is stable, it is not a renewable resource and some predict that coal reserves will be gone in 300 years. Furthermore, burning coal releases CO2 – a greenhouse gas – into the atmosphere. Coal ash is also caustic, meaning that it can corrode your pipes and stove quicker than other fuel source.

Pellet furnaces

Pellet furnaces burn little wood pellets that are made of compressed wood shavings and sawdust. They are relatively cheap to run and cost less than electric and propane heaters. Operation of pellet furnaces is very simple. You only need to fill a hopper with pellets and set the speed at which you want the pellets to be added to your fire. These furnaces are not only environmentally friendly since their fuel is a renewable resource (wood), but they also produce very little smoke. With only a small amount of smoke being produced, this means there will be less creosote build up in your vents than with any other fuel source.

There are also downsides to pellet stoves. Pellet stoves require electricity to run both the fans and pellet feeder. This not only increases your cost to operate pellet furnaces, but it also means that if your electricity goes out, you may end up without heat.

No matter what type of furnace you are looking for, we have the best models at Northeastern Fireplace & Design. If you are in the market for a new one or have questions about which type of furnace is best for you, please call us at 518-767-9314 or visit our showroom today!

By Joe Shear on April 13th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Spice Up Your Space with Our Hearth Accessories

Hearth Accessories Are a Great InvestmentYou love your fireplace. It serves as an area for you and your loved ones to gather and spend time together while staying warm and cozy. However, your fireplace is also a focal area that can determine the aesthetics of your entire living area. Hearth accessories can really enhance your fireplace experience as well as give a much-needed boost to your home’s overall interior design scheme. At Northeastern Fireplace & Design, we have all the fireplace and hearth accessories that you need to spice up your living area. Check out our online store to see everything that we have available while we tell you about some of our more popular products.

Tool Sets

No hearth is complete without a toolset. Tool sets usually include, but are not limited to, a poker, tongs, an ash brush, and a shovel. These tools are key to maintaining your fire and fireplace. We have tool sets that come in a wide variety of designs that are made from only the best materials. Check our tool sets today!


You need a place to hold logs in place, right? You might as well hold them in style with our andirons. We’ve got some really unique and beautiful andirons to choose from that will look great in your fireplace.

Log Holders

You don’t want to go outside to the woodpile everytime you want to add a log to the fire. So why not save yourself the time and effort by checking out our wide variety of log holders. We even have a log holder and toolset combinations for a truly all-in-one hearth center experience.


Get your fire roaring more quickly with our selection of bellows. Our stylish bellows will help you give a breath of fresh air to fires and your hearth decor as well. Check them out today!

Hearth Guards

Hearth guards are a very useful safety device that prevents sparks of hot embers from entering into your living area and potentially injuring one of your loved ones. Although protecting you is their main function, why not get a hearth guard that will also enhance the aesthetics of your living area as well. Check out our wide selection of heath guards.

These are just a few of the accessories that we have to offer. Check out a more extensive list here. If you are looking to spruce up your hearth area, come check out our showroom today or contact us to set up an appointment today!

By Joe Shear on March 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment