Similar in appearance to traditional wood-burning stoves, pellet stoves burn compact, one-inch-long "pellets" made from recycled sawdust and wood shavings. Shown here, the Quadra Fire Castile Pellet Stove can heat a 1,700-square-foot area, while its EPA-certified design keeps carbon emissions low. Available at Fireside Hearth & Home; from $3,269.
Because pellets are higher in density and lower in moisture than wood, they burn more efficiently and with less smoke and ash. A large drawer in the base of Lopi's AGP Pellet Stove, shown here in rust patina, collects ash for easy removal. Learn more at LopiStoves.com .
Petite but Powerful
The warm glow of Harman Stove's P43 Pellet Stove would be a welcome sight for anyone coming in from the cold. It also features one of the most compact and powerful auto-ignition systems. Available at Fireside Hearth & Home; from $3,269.
Pellet stoves heat your home without requiring the maintenance that a wood-burning fireplace demands. Take the Hampton® Greenfire® GCI60 pellet insert, for instance, which can turn a traditional fireplace into a no-hassle heater. Simply set the included thermometer to your preferred temperature, and let the stove do the rest. Learn more at Regency-Fire.com .
Old World Style
About the size of an end table, the Enviro Empress pellet stove can heat a space of up to 1600 square feet. Modern technology meets traditional looks in this powerful little heater. Available from Fine's Gas; from $3491.
If you've ever wished that your favorite room in the house had a fireplace to help maximize your warmth and coziness, you may enjoy this stand-alone fireplace from Pleasant Hearth. You don't need to build a chimney to make it work; simply place it next to an outlet, plug it in, and bask in the warm and soothing glow. Available from The Home Depot; $1389.
Replacing a drafty fireplace with a pellet insert boosts your home's heat efficiency. The Englander 25-EPI, seen here, completes a traditional hearth setting and turns an underused fireplace into a functional asset. Available at The Home Depot; $1,999.
Pellet stoves come in two basic styles—as fireplace inserts set into a home’s existing fireplace (utilizing the same chimney and flue) or as freestanding units. Some designs, like Breckwell's SP23 Sonoma Series shown here, are available as both inserts and freestanding stoves. Available on Amazon; $2,649.
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