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Pellet stoves help improve on the downsides of using woodburning stoves including user error by making the combustion process far moreautomated with a precise fuel to air ratio.

However there are also a number of downsides to using pelletstoves as some things need to be sacrificed in order to achieve this high levelof automation.

We’ve been using our own pellet stove for a while now and tohelp you understand what the advantages and disadvantages are of using pelletsstoves we’ve put together this complete article to the pros and cons ofpellet stoves.

Pros Cons
Automated fires Size
Ease of use Needs electricity
High efficiency Maintenance requirements
Clean burning Fuel availability & cost
Low emissions Complexity
Heat output Life expectancy
Thermostatic control Noise
Stores fuel inside Weight
Tidy fuel storage Plastic bags
Flexible installation Heavy bags
Lower installation costs Less attractive flames
Easy to clean Purchase Cost
Recycled fuel

We’ve discussed these main pros and cons of pellet stoves inmore detail below using our own pellet stove as an example.

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Pellet Stoves Pros

1) Automated Fires

Almost all of the processes in a pellet stoves that wouldneed to be done manually in other forms of wood stoves are doneautomatically.

In order for a solid fuel burning appliance such as a pelletstove to generate heat, both fresh air and fuel must be provided to the fire tokeep it going. Unlike wood stoves where you need to adjust the air ventsmanually for airflow and add firewood manually to the fire, this is allundertaken automatically within pellet stoves.

For example, our own pellet stoves automatically:

  • Delivers pellets to the fire in the combustionchamber from the hopper.
  • Sucks in fresh air using the vacuum created inthe combustion chamber by forcing waste air out of the stove.
  • Brings the room up to the temperature we’ve seton the stove.
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2) Ease of Use

Pellet stoves can be very easy to use thanks to acentral control panel where you can start and stop a fire in a pellet stove atthe touch of a button, and also because a pellet stove will automate all of theprocesses throughout a fire.

For example, our pellet stove has a touch screen controlpanel located on the top of the stove. From here we can change the desired roomtemperature and start a fire by pressing the power button.

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We can also choose which days of the week we want the stoveto automatically turn on and the times of each day in which to generate heat.

For the majority of pellet stoves the only thing you need toworry about during fires is ensuring that there’s enough pellets in thehopper in which to burn.

3) Efficient

Pellet stoves are very efficient forms of home heatingappliance.

Energy.gov explains that they’re the mostefficient home heating appliance.

Pellet stoves are the cleanest solid fuel, residential heating appliance. Pellet stoves that are certified by the EPA are likely to be in the 70% to 83% efficiency range.’

Energy.gov

Our own pellet stove has an efficiency rating of 87.8%,which is much higher than the efficiency ratings of our wood stoves that are inthe 70% range.

Find out more about the efficiency of pellet stoves here.

4) Clean Burning

Pellet stoves can achieve such high efficiency ratingsbecause they’re clean burning.

This means that they produce as much heat as possible fromevery piece of fuel with minimal wastage.

Many manufacturers of pellet stoves recommended burning highquality pellet fuels that meet certain standards.

For example, we’re required to burn Class A1 pelletsin our pellet stove with a maximum moisture content of 8% and maximum ashcontent of 0.5%.

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This allows the stove to burn them very cleanly as the lowmoisture and ash content helps provide for proper combustion of the fuel withminimal issues.

Find out more about how pellet stoves provide a clean burn here.

5) Low Emissions

As a result of pellet stoves being so efficient and clean burningthanks to automated and controlled fires, pellet stoves can have very lowemission numbers compared to other forms of solid fuel burning appliance.

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Energy.gov explains that:

‘Some pellet stoves have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces. As a consequence of this, they produce very little air pollution.’

Energy.gov

Pellet stoves use a range of sensors and electroniccomponents controlled by a central control unit to always be continuouslyanalysing and optimizing fires to provide the right fuel to air ratio in orderto keep emissions to a minimum.

6) High Heat Output

Pellets stoves are able to generate great amounts of heatfor a home thanks to being clean burning and efficient.

Heat is extracted from fires located within the combustionchamber of a pellet stove. Rather than using the body of the stove to radiatethis heat out into the room as wood burning stoves do, pellet stoves opt to conveythe heat to a room using convection of air.

As an example, our pellet stove has a built-in distributionblower that forces air out through the front of the stove and the air warms upas it passes around the combustion chamber.

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Energy.gov explains that:

Pellet stoves have heating capacities that range between 8,000 and 90,000 BTU per hour.’

Energy.gov

Our own pellet stove has a nominal heat output capacity of 21,000BTUs (6.1kW) which is more than enough to sufficiently heat our livingroom.

7) Thermostatic Control

Many pellet stoves incorporate thermostatic controlinto their electronic systems, and some can even work with specific models ofexternal thermostat.

This allows a pellet stove to regulate the heat output tothe user’s preference.

For example, we can set the desired room temperature on our pelletstove and the stove will bring the room temperature up to this level and keepit there.

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The stove also has a built-in room temperature sensor and soit will continuously measure the current room temperature to ensure that theroom doesn’t rise above or dip below the temperature we’ve set.

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8) Stores Fuel Inside

In order to allow a stove to automatically deliver fuel tothe fire the pellets must be stored within the stove itself inside anintegrated hopper.

For example, the hopper on our pellet stove is located atthe top and we simply need to add more pellets to the hopper when the fuelsupplies are getting low.

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Benefits of being able to do this include:

  • Keeping the fuel out of sight inside the stove.
  • Reducing the number of bags sitting next to ornear the stove.

9) Tidy Fuel Storage

Pellet fuel is typically bought in bags of certain weights.Common bag weights include 40lbs but our bags of pellets come in 15kg weights(33lbs).

As the pellets are stored within bags it can help to make storageof them much easier and more manageable.

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We buy our pellets in bulk before the winter season to helpkeep costs low and store them in our garage. It’s easy to stack them on top ofeach other in a neat pile and if we need more pellets then we can grab anotherbag of pellets from the top of the pile as required.

10) Flexible Installation

Pellet stoves aren’t typically required to follow the samestrict and onerous venting requirements that can be needed when installingother forms of stove.

This can be largely due to the fact that pellet stovesuse forced ventilation rather than solely relying on the natural movementof air known as the draft. A fume extractor in a pellet stove will forciblysuck waste air out of a stove and out of a home through a chimney flue.

This means that pellet stoves can be more flexiblewhen it comes to choosing a location for them in a home.

Wood stoves need a vertical flue and so need to be installedwhere a flue can be put straight through a roof or placed within an existingopen fireplace and utilize the existing chimney.

However, pellets stoves can also typically vent directlythrough an external wall of a home.

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For example, we’ve had our pellet stove installed up againstan external wall of our living room. The flue extends out the back of the stoveand through the adjacent external wall, which then proceeds up the side of thehouse to above the eaves.

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You may also be able to vent fresh air for a pellet stovefrom the outside rather than using indoor air and potentially requiring anotherexternal air vent to be installed somewhere in the room.

We’ve extended the air intake on our stove through the samewall as the flue.

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11) Lower Installation Costs

As pellet stoves don’t typically need to follow the samestrict regulations for installation as other forms of wood stove you can expectthe installation costs to be lower compared to these other stoves.

For example, it cost us upwards of $1,000 to have both ofour wood stoves installed in existing open fireplaces, and this doesn’t includethe cost of the stove. The cost covered professional work and the partsrequired to connect the stoves to the top of the chimneys using a new flueliner.

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Installation of our pellet stove didn’t cost quite asmuch.

We could have installed our pellet stove in a masonryfireplace utilized the chimney but our model of pellet stove is too tall tofit. We’ve instead placed it up against the corner of the room and installed aflue system up the external wall of the house with a connection from the stovethrough the external wall.

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Had this been a wood burning stove then the flue would haveneeded to go straight up through the roof and the installation costs would havebeen much higher.

As every installation is different you will need to comparethe costs of installing a pellet stove against other types of fireplace foryour particular situation, but expect on average the cost of installing apellet stove to be lower compared to other forms of wood stove.

12) Easy To Clean

Many pellet stoves are set up to make them easy to clean.

Manufacturers of pellet stoves typically require theirstoves to be cleaned out every couple of days, if not daily, to helpensure that the stoves are always running as efficiently as possible.

As a result, the main components in our own pellet stovethat need to be cleaned regularly are removable.

The ash tray located around the burn pot at the base of thecombustion chamber can be removed to allow us to easily clean out the ashesfrom previous fires.

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The burn pot, where the flames are generated, can also beremoved from our particular model of pellet stove. This allows us to remove anyleftover bits of pellets that haven’t burnt properly and clean out the holesfor improved airflow.

13) Recycled Fuel

Fuel for pellet stoves comes in the form of pellets. Much ofwhat makes up a pellet is often recycled material.

Many pellets are wood by-products and can be made from arange of wood chippings or sawdust.

Pellet Stove Cons

1) Size

Pellet stoves are electronic appliances and need to pack arange of electronic components as well as storage of the fuel inside the bodyto allow all of the automated processes to occur that allows them to be soefficient.

A downside to this is that pellet stoves can be largeand can be quite dominant-looking in a room.

Our pellet stove is more than twice the size of our woodburning stoves and much of this in terms of height. As a result, we weren’table to install our pellet stove in our open fireplace because it’s just toobig.

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Pellet stoves can also come in the form of pellet insertswhich are specifically designed to fit within the opening of a masonryfireplace, which will help save on floor space.

However, expect pellet boilers (which provide hot watercentral heating) to be even larger than our own freestanding stove, which isfor space heating purposes only and doesn’t have an integrated back boiler.

2) Needs Electricity

Pellet stoves are electrical appliances and therefore needa source of electricity in order to work.

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This means that:

  • A pellet stove needs to be located near anelectrical outlet.
  • A new electrical outlet needs to be installednear to the location of the pellet stove if there isn’t already one nearby.

All pellet stoves are electric. The only exception would beif buying a specific non-electric models of pellet stove but these are far lesscommon than standard electric ones.

As example, our own pellet stove came with a power cord thatneeded to be plugged into the back of the stove.

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We then needed to plug this into a nearby electrical outlet.Thankfully there was an outlet on the wall near to where we wanted the stove tobe placed and so we didn’t need to have one installed.

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A pellet stove cannot be used without it being pluggedinto the home electrics. A pellet stove cannot even be turned on if notplugged in as it requires use of the control panel to start each fire.

Another downside of this is that a pellet stove can’t beused in a power outage.

A generator or a backup battery power supply will need to beused during any power outage in order to use a pellet stove.

If you’re subject to regular power outages then it’sdefinitely worth ensuring that you can connect a specific pellet stove to agenerator or see if there is a backup battery available, otherwise a woodburning stove may be a better option as they won’t need electricity in order togenerate heat.

3) Higher Maintenance Requirements

As pellet stoves have so many moving and electricalcomponents that all need to be working in order for a pellet stove to generateheat, they can be subject to more onerous maintenance requirements betweenfires.

Much of the maintenance requirements are simply cleaning outthe combustion chamber but professional help may be required periodically.

We need to clean our pellet stove daily and weekly in linewith the manufacturer’s guidelines, but we also need to have the stove checkedseasonally by a certified technician who will check and clean all of the othercomponents we can’t get to.

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Pellet stoves are also typically subject to the same annual chimney flue clean as other forms of wood stove but an upside to pellet stoves is that they don’t build up much creosote if used correctly because they burn the fuel so cleanly.

4) Fuel Availability & Cost

A downside of needing to use pellets as fuel is that they maynot be as readily available to buy as firewood because they need to be manufactured.

Whereas some members of our family never have to pay for firewood for their wood stoves because they source the wood from their land and season the firewood, we always need to be buying pellets for our pellet stove or we won’t be able to use it.

Pellet stoves may also not be as well taken up by manycountries as wood burning stoves can be.

This can lead to reduced availability of pellets andcan increase fuel costs if the pellets need to be transported to yourlocation from further away.

It’s therefore always worth checking the availability of pellets for your local area and understanding the costs associated with buying in the pellets before installing a pellet stove.

5) Complexity

Pellet stoves are fairly complex home heating appliances.

Unlike wood burning stoves that don’t have any moving orelectrical parts, pellet stoves have a range of mechanical and electroniccomponents that can require professional help if anything goes wrong.

Whereas wood stoves can be simplistic in nature in that theuser manually controls the fire by adding more fuel and adjusting the airvents, pellet stoves can have complicated controls with layers of settings onthe control screen.

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We can dive deep into the settings on the control panel ofour pellet stove and there’s a range of options to choose from including daysand times in which to heat, day and night time temperature settings, cleaningmodes, heating modes and more.

All of this can be overwhelming for a first-time user ofpellet stoves.

6) Life Expectancy

Another downside of the complex nature of pellets stoves isthat they typically have shorter life expectancies compared to otherforms of wood stove.

With having so many different parts it can mean that thereis more to potentially go wrong. Furthermore, a pellet stoves can’tfunction if even one of the components stops working.

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Moving parts found in pellet stoves, including the motorsdriving them, may burn out or fail long before any static component insideanother form of wood stove does.

Manufacturers of pellet stoves therefore typically offer awide range of spare parts available for their stoves to help keep thewhole stove going for longer if just one component fails.

For more information we have another article on pellet stove life expectancy.

7) Noise

Pellet stoves can be relatively noisy appliancesbecause of all the moving parts required during operation.

These moving parts can include:

  • The auger delivering fuel to the fire in thecombustion chamber from the hopper.
  • The combustion blower sucking waste air out ofthe combustion chamber.
  • The distribution blower delivering hot air tothe room.

The noisiest part of our own stove is the distribution blower,which forces air around the combustion chamber, heating the air up along theway and provides warmth to the room.

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We’ve discussed pellet stove noise in more detail here.

We’ve learnt to live with the constant noise made by ourpellet stove but it’s always worth going to see a pellet stove in operationfirst-hand to get an idea of the amount of noise they typically make.

8) Weight

Pellet stoves are relatively heavy appliances.

Even though our pellet stove is twice the size of our wood stoves it’s still similar in weight. We’ve compared the weight of our pellet stove to our wood stoves in more detail here.

This means that they can’t be lifted by one person and willrequire two or more pairs of hands.

Our pellet stove was delivered on a pallet and we needed tobuy a trolley in order to move it into the house from the garage as it wasstill too difficult to move with two pairs of hands.

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Therefore consider how a pellet stove will be delivered toits location in your home. Our stove could only be delivered to our drivewayand we had to move it the rest of the way.

9) Plastic Pellet Bags

Unfortunately pellets for use in pellet stoves aretypically delivered in plastic bags.

The pellets would be too heavy for any paper bags and sothis means that if you’re burning through lots of pellets every season thenthis waste can add up.

The bags of pellets we use are recyclable and so we alwaysrecycle these bags, but this can come down to the end user recycling any pelletbags properly.

10) Heavy Pellet Bags

Bags of pellets can often be found in weights of 40lbs butin the case of our own pellets they’re in bags of 15kg (33lbs).

Bags of pellets can therefore be quite heavy to liftand so take into account that it may be difficult to lift the bags up to thetop of a pellet stove in order to add more pellets.

11) Less Attractive Flames

Pellet stoves don’t quite produce the same traditional flamelook like other forms of stove.

Expect the flames in a pellet stove to be less natural aspellet stoves focus on efficiency and clean burning using automated processesrather than the complete flame experience.

12) Purchase Cost

Although pellet stoves can have similar purchase prices to wood stoves, they’re still an expensive purchase.

Our pellet stove cost just over $2,000 (£1,500) and so thisshould be taken into consideration when choosing what type of fireplace orstove to install and the time it may take to see a return on this initial investment.

Further Reading

Pellet Stoves vs Wood Stoves (The Differences Explained)

What’s Inside A Pellet Stove

Things To Know About Pellet Stoves

FAQs

Is a pellet stove better than a fireplace? ›

A pellet stove is more efficient than an airtight stove or fireplace insert. Check BTU ratings when choosing a stove—the higher rating is better. In the event of a power outage, a pellet stove, which requires electricity to operate, will shut down.

What are the disadvantages of a pellet stove? ›

Cons
  • It's expensive to maintain compared to firewood and needs more upkeep than a fireplace.
  • The fan makes low, mechanical noise.
  • Aren't as visually appealing as watching a fire in a fireplace.
  • It needs a backup system like batteries or electricity to run in case of a power outage.
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Is a pellet stove worth it? ›

Pellet fuel appliances are more convenient to operate than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces, and some have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies. As a consequence of this, they produce very little air pollution. In fact, pellet stoves are the cleanest solid fuel, residential heating appliance.

How long will a 40 lb bag of wood pellets burn? ›

Q: How long does one bag of pellets last? A: According to the Pellet Fuels Institute, a 40-lb bag of pellet fuel can provide up to 24 hours of solid heat.

Do pellet stoves use a lot of electricity? ›

Do Pellet Stoves Use A Lot Of Electricity? Pellet stoves can use on average just over 100W of energy during normal use but up to 500W during ignition of a fire. A pellet stove can use on average 1kWh of energy per day if used for 8 straight hours.

Do pellet stoves raise insurance rates? ›

Your premiums will likely increase if you have a wood-burning or pellet stove, but the increase is usually insignificant. You might see higher costs from wood stoves than from pellet types because wood-burning stoves cause far more residential fires.

What is the life expectancy of a pellet stove? ›

Pellet stoves will typically last up to 10 years under normal usage. However, this can range from a few years of life expectancy for cheaply made pellet stoves used regularly to over 10 years for well-built and well-maintained pellet stoves that are used sporadically.

How much does it cost to run a pellet stove per month? ›

Cost of Heating a Home with a Pellet Stove

The stove will also need some electricity, but this will only run about $9 per month, on average. According to HomeAdvisor.com, a pellet stove will come with an average upfront cost of about $1,040 to $3,090 but only costs $35 to $45 to run each month.

Can I leave my pellet stove unattended? ›

Although it can seem unusual to leave a fire burning in your home without you watching over it (as commonly required or highly recommended with other forms of fireplace such as open wood burning fireplaces) it can be fine and very safe to leave a pellet stove unattended.

Can a pellet stove heat an entire house? ›

Pellet stoves are not designed to heat your entire home, instead they are room/zone heating appliances to provide heat to the immediate area in which they are located.

Do pellet stoves make house smell? ›

Pellet stoves shouldn't really have a noticeable odor, even when burning pellets for a long time. They work in a sealed environment—the air in the stove vents directly outside without ever entering the room itself.

How noisy is a pellet stove? ›

Pellet stoves are relatively noisy compared to most other forms of fireplace and stove. Internal blower fans required for air supply and heat circulation, and moving augers needed for automated fuel delivery means that all pellet stoves will generate some level of noise during operation.

How much is a ton of pellets cost? ›

A 40-pound bag of wood pellet fuel costs between $4 to $9. You can also purchase wood pellets in bulk, which will save you money in the long run. For one ton of pellet stoves, you should expect to pay in the range of $250 to $380.

How much does a 40 pound bag of pellets cost? ›

Pellets are normally sold in 40 pound bags and average $5 per bag. The type of pellets and where you order them from also factor into price. Expect to pay anywhere from $4 to $9 for one 40 pound bag.

What kind of chimney do I need for a pellet stove? ›

No matter how you approach the ventilation of your pellet stove, keep in mind that it is a must. Always use a flue that can be found within a masonry chimney, installed within a home, or out and up an outside wall. Also, a direct vent for fresh air is not typically required for a pellet stove.

What happens to a pellet stove when the power goes out? ›

In the event of a power outage your pellet stove will shut down and the fire within will continue to burn until it goes out on its own. Keep the appliance doors closed during this time so that any remaining smoke will remain in the stove and not inundate your home.

Can you claim a pellet stove on your taxes? ›

You must file it on your federal tax return to claim the pellet heating appliance income tax credit. You'll file for the credit the year you have the appliances installed. So if you purchase your pellet stove in 2021 and it's installed in the same year, then you can claim it on your 2021 tax return.

How big of a generator do I need to run a pellet stove? ›

This device converts low voltage from batteries into voltage your pellet stove can operate on. Make sure the inverter is a Pure Sine Wave inverter and is at least 1000w.

What is the average cost to install a pellet stove? ›

Pellet stove inserts are easy to install with liners costs of around $300 and installation labor of about $1,000 to $2,000 for the liner and insert. With the insert, expect to pay between $3,000 and $8,000 for the unit fully installed.

Where should I put my pellet stove in my house? ›

You should place your pellet stove as close to the space you want to heat as possible, but never in bedrooms. Insulated basements make good locations because you take advantage of the natural way heat rises to upper floors.

How often should a pellet stove be serviced? ›

First and foremost, all pellets stoves should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year, or after each time you have burned a ton of pellets through it. You can do it yourself by carefully following the instructions in your owner's manual, or it can be performed by a professional.

Can you put a pellet stove in a fireplace? ›

Pellet stoves can also be installed within a fireplace.

As with other forms of fireplace or stove that are typically installed within fireplaces, pellet stoves fit in the opening of the existing fireplace and help to produce heat for a room more efficiently than what is possible using the original fireplace.

What causes clinkers in pellet stoves? ›

Clinkers, which look like clumps of ash, can cause airflow issues from blockage. Clinkers are formed by burned or partially burned pellets that melt together into a clump. There are two likely reasons for clinkers – a poor air mixture which due to a neglected or dity unit, or incorrect air adjustments.

What can you do with a pellet stove ash? ›

Pellet ash is a source of lime and potassium for your garden.
...
Here's how you can use pellet ash to fertilize your garden.
  1. Collect pellet ash. Your pellet stove should burn efficiently and create very little ash. ...
  2. Apply to plants. Apply the pellet ash to the base of your plants when the soil is dry. ...
  3. Compost unused ashes.
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How long will 1 ton of wood pellets last? ›

Depending on factors related to your home size and pellet stove usage, you should be able to get around 24 hours of heat from one bag of pellets. There are 50 40-pound bags in one ton, and we recommend 2 tons to 5 tons to last you the entire heating season. This equals 100 to 250 bags.

How many bags of pellets do you burn a day? ›

Based on the typical burn rate of pellets of 1.67lbs, a pellet stove can on average burn through a standard 40lb bag of pellets every 24 hours.

Is it cheaper to heat with propane or pellets? ›

Heating Costs

Propane fuel will cost you 62% more than pellet fuel to get the same amount of heat output.

Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning from a pellet stove? ›

There is a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from pellet stoves, but as will all solid fuel burning home heating appliances there is never no risk. Safety measures such maintenance of pellets stoves and using a carbon monoxide detector should always be undertaken.

How long can you run a pellet stove without cleaning it? ›

Built of ultra-safe cast iron, modern pellet stoves give you years of high performance and can keep the fires going for 48 hours and longer without your needing to refill the hopper.

Will a pellet stove work without electricity? ›

Pellet stoves require a source of electricity in order to operate. Without an alternative source of power, the stove will be unable to turn on or ignite.

How many square feet will a pellet stove heat? ›

Most pellet stoves can provide 24 hours of steady heat on just one hopper of pellets. Depending on the size of the stove and the floor plan, pellet stoves can heat up to 2,500 square feet and cost as little as $4 per day.

How long does it take a pellet stove to heat a house? ›

With these factors in mind, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours to warm your home. Keep in mind that a freestanding pellet stove will quickly heat the room that it's in but will take longer to warm farther rooms.

Is it cheaper to burn wood or pellets? ›

Pellets are slightly higher in price per year, though they burn longer than wood. In either case, according to the Department of Energy, you should expect to pay about $190 for a cord of wood or ton of pellets (at 6.5 cords or 7.5 tons of pellets per season, factoring in that a ton equals 1.5 cords).

Do pellet stoves burn cleaner than wood stoves? ›

So, it may be more eco-friendly to use wood over pellets, depending on where you live. Overall, pellet stoves are more eco-friendly. They burn cleaner, require less fuel, and are designed with energy efficiency in mind.

Do pellet stoves create creosote? ›

Pellet stoves can typically produce less creosote compared to other wood burning stoves and fireplaces, but this can be subject to using a pellet stove correctly and burning adequate quality pellets. Using poor quality pellets high in moisture content may lead to higher than average creosote production.

Why does my pellet stove glass turn black? ›

Glass on a pellet stove turning black can be caused by an issue with either the fuel or the air supply leading to a poorly combusting fire that's not burning as cleanly, and releasing more by-products such as creosote as a result. Increased creosote production can lead to increased glass blackening.

Are pellet stoves messy? ›

A pellet stove … Won't Make a Mess. Harman pellet stoves and fireplace inserts burn so efficiently, there's very little ash to clean up. Many models have automatic cleaning cycles that make maintenance even easier, and extra-large ash pans so you can burn nearly a ton of pellets before emptying is needed.

How can I make my pellet stove quieter? ›

How Can Someone Make a Pellet Stove Quieter?
  1. Move the heat exchanger rod around. The heat exchanger rod in the stove can accumulate quite a bit of debris over time. ...
  2. Remove Debris From Other Areas. ...
  3. Tighten Up the Stove. ...
  4. Use Gasket Tape When Needed. ...
  5. Look for a New Location to Have the Stove Set Up.

Why does my pellet stove sound like a freight train? ›

If your unit is making a roaring sound, this could indicate that there is an imbalance between air and fuel within your stove. There are a few reasons this could be happening. Your unit could simply need to be cleaned, or you might need to adjust the feed rate of fuel into your stove.

What are the disadvantages of a pellet stove? ›

Cons
  • It's expensive to maintain compared to firewood and needs more upkeep than a fireplace.
  • The fan makes low, mechanical noise.
  • Aren't as visually appealing as watching a fire in a fireplace.
  • It needs a backup system like batteries or electricity to run in case of a power outage.
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How long will a 40 lb bag of wood pellets burn? ›

Q: How long does one bag of pellets last? A: According to the Pellet Fuels Institute, a 40-lb bag of pellet fuel can provide up to 24 hours of solid heat.

Is a pellet stove worth it? ›

Pellet fuel appliances are more convenient to operate than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces, and some have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies. As a consequence of this, they produce very little air pollution. In fact, pellet stoves are the cleanest solid fuel, residential heating appliance.

Do pellet stoves use a lot of electricity? ›

Do Pellet Stoves Use A Lot Of Electricity? Pellet stoves can use on average just over 100W of energy during normal use but up to 500W during ignition of a fire. A pellet stove can use on average 1kWh of energy per day if used for 8 straight hours.

How many bags of pellets equal a cord of wood? ›

A: Pellets are normally sold in 40 pound (18 kg) bags. You can estimate how much fuel you will need for a heating season by noting that one ton of pellets is equivalent to approximately 1.5 cords of firewood. Many homeowners who use a pellet stove as a main source of heat use two to three tons of pellet fuel per year.

Do pellet stoves need a vent? ›

Do Pellet Stoves Need To Be Vented? Waste air from a pellet stove must be vented to the outside of a home using a suitable form of flue, either within a masonry chimney, internally within a home or externally up an outside wall. Pellet stoves do not typically always require a direct vent for fresh air intake.

Do pellet stoves raise insurance rates? ›

Your premiums will likely increase if you have a wood-burning or pellet stove, but the increase is usually insignificant. You might see higher costs from wood stoves than from pellet types because wood-burning stoves cause far more residential fires.

How far from the wall should a pellet stove be? ›

The outer surfaces of a pellet stove don't get as hot as the surfaces of wood stoves or fireplaces, so most can be placed closer to combustibles—typically 3 inches from walls at the sides and 1 inch from a back wall. Most need to stand on a non-combustible surface such as stone or tile that is at least 3/8 inch thick.

Do you need a chimney liner with a pellet stove? ›

Pellet stoves do not necessarily need a chimney, but will need a form of flue to be installed to safely remove waste air from a home. A pellet stove can either be installed within an open fireplace and utilize an existing chimney with a flue liner, or can be vented out an external wall of a home.

Is it cheaper to burn wood or pellets? ›

Pellets are slightly higher in price per year, though they burn longer than wood. In either case, according to the Department of Energy, you should expect to pay about $190 for a cord of wood or ton of pellets (at 6.5 cords or 7.5 tons of pellets per season, factoring in that a ton equals 1.5 cords).

Can a pellet stove heat a whole house? ›

Pellet stoves in the form of hydro pellet stoves, ducted pellet stoves or pellet boilers/furnaces can be used to help heat a whole house. It may also be possible to heat a much of a home if a large air-heating pellet stove is installed in the middle of an open-plan house.

How long will 1 ton of wood pellets last? ›

Depending on factors related to your home size and pellet stove usage, you should be able to get around 24 hours of heat from one bag of pellets. There are 50 40-pound bags in one ton, and we recommend 2 tons to 5 tons to last you the entire heating season. This equals 100 to 250 bags.

How many bags of pellets do I need for winter? ›

The average homeowner will need 2 to 3 tons of wood pellets to heat their home annually, according to the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI). This means 100 to 150 bags of pellets or 2 to 3 pallets of pellets each year. You'll find many benefits to heating your home, business or commercial site with wood pellets.

How often do you need to clean a pellet stove? ›

First and foremost, all pellets stoves should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year, or after each time you have burned a ton of pellets through it. You can do it yourself by carefully following the instructions in your owner's manual, or it can be performed by a professional.

Can you put a pellet stove in a fireplace? ›

Pellet stoves can also be installed within a fireplace.

As with other forms of fireplace or stove that are typically installed within fireplaces, pellet stoves fit in the opening of the existing fireplace and help to produce heat for a room more efficiently than what is possible using the original fireplace.

How many bags of pellets equal a cord of wood? ›

A: Pellets are normally sold in 40 pound (18 kg) bags. You can estimate how much fuel you will need for a heating season by noting that one ton of pellets is equivalent to approximately 1.5 cords of firewood. Many homeowners who use a pellet stove as a main source of heat use two to three tons of pellet fuel per year.

Where should I put my pellet stove in my house? ›

You should place your pellet stove as close to the space you want to heat as possible, but never in bedrooms. Insulated basements make good locations because you take advantage of the natural way heat rises to upper floors.

Do pellet stoves give off a smell? ›

A pellet stove may smell the first time(s) that it's used, typically for a couple of hours. This can be a result of the heat-resistant paint 'curing' and the smell from this process should not be a cause for concern when using a new pellet stove for the first time.

How many square feet will a pellet stove heat? ›

Most pellet stoves can provide 24 hours of steady heat on just one hopper of pellets. Depending on the size of the stove and the floor plan, pellet stoves can heat up to 2,500 square feet and cost as little as $4 per day.

Can you leave a pellet stove unattended? ›

Although it can seem unusual to leave a fire burning in your home without you watching over it (as commonly required or highly recommended with other forms of fireplace such as open wood burning fireplaces) it can be fine and very safe to leave a pellet stove unattended.

How much is a ton of pellets cost? ›

A 40-pound bag of wood pellet fuel costs between $4 to $9. You can also purchase wood pellets in bulk, which will save you money in the long run. For one ton of pellet stoves, you should expect to pay in the range of $250 to $380.

How much is a 40 pound bag of pellets for a pellet stove? ›

Wood pellets cost an average of $5 per 40 pound bag. Pellet bags can range from $4 to $9.

What is the best time of year to buy wood pellets? ›

All pellet manufacturers offer pre-season pricing. The best time to purchase pellets is in the heat of the season in July or August when prices are at the lowest of the year. Starting in September, prices tend to creep up about $5-$10 a ton. They continue to increase about once a month.

Can you burn corn in a pellet stove? ›

Corn cannot typically be burnt in a wood pellet stove. Dedicated corn stoves or multi fuel biomass stoves should be used when burning corn.

How much pellets does a pellet stove use in a day? ›

A range of factors can influence how many pellets a pellet stove will go through and this can include whether the stove is operating at low or high heat output settings. Based on the average pellet stoves using a 40lb bag of pellets every 24 hours, a pellet stove will typically burn through 1.67lbs of pellets per hour.

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