Trending Now: Pellet Stoves

Practical and eco-friendly, pellet stoves are the perfect solution to a variety of home heating challenges.

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  1. Eco-Friendly

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    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.

    Coastal Farm & Ranch

  2. Better Burn

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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.

    Lopi

  3. Design Options

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    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.

    Breckwell

  4. Traditional Style

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    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.

    Englander

  5. Pellet Stove Operation

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    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.

    Popular Mechanics

  6. Contemporary Looks

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    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.

    Woodland Direct

  7. Self-Circulating

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    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

  8. P43 Pellet Stove

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    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.

    Harman Stoves

  9. Cost and Installation

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    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.

    Lennox

  10. For More...

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    For more on home heating, consider:

     

    Gas Fireplaces Showcase

     

    Radiant Floor Heating 101  

     

    Pellet Stoves: An Eco-Friendly Heating Option

    Napoleon Fireplaces

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