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.
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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.
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 P23 Sonoma Series shown here, are available as both inserts and freestanding stoves.
Replacing a drafty fireplace with a pellet insert boosts your home's heat efficiency. Shown here, the Englander 25-EPI completing a traditional hearth setting.
Pellet Stove Operation
Once pellets have been loaded into the hopper, they are automatically fed into the burn chamber over the course of the day, eliminating the need for the repeated loading and stoking of wood that is necessary with a traditional wood stove.
While the design of many pellet stoves is touched with nostalgia, models from Bosca like the Spirit 500 (shown here) boast clean lines and modern silhouettes.
Fans in pellet stoves circulate warm air around the room. The fan on U.S. Stove Company's 5660 Bay Front is located just above the glass-enclosed burn chamber.
US Stove Company
P43 Pellet Stove
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.
Cost and Installation
Pellet stoves sell for about $1,500 to $3,500, which is somewhat higher than traditional wood-burning stoves owing to the automated features built into each unit. Installation costs usually fall in the $500 range but are worth the expense. Shown, the Lennox Whitfield insert.