Pellets also tend to be much cheaper than wood or gas fuel options since they’re made from ground-up compressed sawdust/woodchip pellets without any chemicals added in the manufacturing process (unlike other types of automatic fireplaces which use oil or propane). Pellet stove prices start at around $800 installed with an additional cost of about $150 per year on pellets depending on usage habits. However, this type is generally a bit pricier compared to traditional fireplace solutions like woodstoves because they require a more involved installation process and often need special fittings for your chimney.
But unlike open flame models, electric units only produce heat near where their built-in heating elements are located—so they can’t be used for anything other than supplemental heat. Also, because open flame models require only wood fuel to burn (and no electricity like their electric counterparts), they’re less expensive overall to operate (about $150 per year on average) depending on how much you use them each month compared to this type’s annual pellet costs which range from about $300-$500/year depending on usage habits.
Are typically the most affordable fireplace option, starting at just $599 installed plus about another cost of around $150 per year on wood depending on usage habits (but prices will vary by location). The benefit to these is that they’re extremely easy to install as long as you have access to an existing power source nearby—no special fittings or other parts necessary! All you’ll need are some electric logs and embers instead since this type doesn’t use any flames during operation like traditional units do; rather, it’s designed with built-in heating coils/elements which create convection currents and produce heat much faster open flame solutions (which means less mess and ash cleanup after fires).
But there are also disadvantages to gas fireplaces. For one thing, they’re typically more expensive than pellet options in part because of the added cost associated with installing a gas line when building your home so that future homeowners can hook up their new fireplace later on down the road if desired. Gas prices start at around $800 installed plus about another cost of about $150 per year on gas depending on usage habits. Also, since this type has flames involved—which means it’s capable of heating up rooms more effectively than electric units or pellet stoves which don’t have open flames to generate heat with—this type is typically the most expensive option overall for supplemental/secondary heater purposes (about $200-$400+ per month even if you use one sparingly).
But unlike other types like woodstoves and pellet stoves, these models are also powered by electricity instead of natural sources like firewood logs; they’re designed to operate as portable freestanding appliances that can be placed anywhere in your home without any special installation required. And though their built-in blower fans allow them to heat up rooms quickly and efficiently, this type is also the noisiest option since it works by rapidly heating air to high temperatures—in fact, they can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner when operating at full capacity.