As mentioned above when the Elect goes out you will be up the creek tho I understand there are some that can be hand fed... If the Big one lands here and all doo doo happens a old wood stove is the answer. as for alergies yes I have them from the wood burner all winter Chronic sore throat the loca M.D. has me on Xyzel which helps.. Have had the scope down the throat and nothing wrong there. Can you burn wood in a pellet stove??