Fuel Choice Matrix

When considering a new fireplace, insert, or stove, it’s important to understand your fuel options so that you can make the best decision for your home. Use the resources below to learn more.

Fuel Choice Matrix

Learn more about different fuel types—and make the best choice for you.


  • Benefits: Natural and available. Wood can supplement furnace usage and drive heating costs down, too.
  • Fire Characteristics: The Quadra-Fire patented Four-Point Burn System extends the life of your fire and produces steady, rolling flames.
  • Fire Starting: Automatic Combustion Control (ACC) makes start-up a cinch. Or, paper, kindling, and fire-starting logs are effective.
  • Type of Heat: Adding more fuel will immediately increase convective heat. Radiant heat will remain strong and 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.