Recommended and Highly recommended is different. I would agree that it is recommended.
I have seen wood pellet stove and seen it how it works, it is cool really. Yes, you are right it is easy to load, easy to haul. Perfect choice for those who wants stable temperature, and don't want to deal with firewood.
For me, I am sticking to firewood because I am used to it, secondly I can get it for free easily. Lastly, if you got friends like mine that has wood burning stove and can share the log splitter rental cost for hard to split logs.
Originally Posted by Eighty
Yes I still recommend it, very efficient on keeping fire at constant temperature, since the fuel input is controlled. Fuels might be free for you, but I am very optimistic guy. I like to use the resource more efficiently.
One bag of pellet/corn can last up to 2 days with auto auger feeding, depending on feed rate, 2-5 bucks a bag. For folks without land of woods, bundle of firewood can cost same, and only will last for 4-8 hours (unless you have those 1800's wood-fired central oven).
One guy in my town collects saw dusts around town, and uses rabbit food maker to make wooden pellets. You'd be surprised how much pellets you can get from bundle of firewoods.