Buyers Guide & Information

10 Best Wood Pellet Stoves For Your Home

These pellet stove brands are efficient and effective for those looking to heat their home.

Best For Small Rooms

Pelpro Pellet Stove
Pelpro PP60

This pellet stove heater comes with a 60 lb. hopper and heats rooms up to 1500 sq. ft.

Best Overall Pellet Stove

Pleasant Hearth 1,750 Sq Ft Pellet Stove
Pleasant Hearth

This pellet stove heater comes with a 40 lb. hopper and heats rooms up to 1750 sq. ft.

Best Non Electric Pellet Stove

US Stove 4840 Wall Mount
US Stove GW1949

This non-electric pellet stove has a 60 lb. hopper and heats rooms up to 2000 sq. ft.

Pellet stoves look like wood-burning furnaces to an extent, but their main source of fuel is wood pellets or biomass fuel. In the United States, over a million homes use pellet stoves as their main source of heat during the cooler months, and their use is better for the environment than using oil fuels.

According to the Pellet Fuels Institute, every ton of pellets use instead of oil fuel will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons. In this article we will look at the top ten pellet stoves on the market today, comparing many features to help you find the most suitable option for your home.

Pellet Stoves Compared

Model Room SizeBTUsBurn TimePrice
Pleasant Hearth PH35PS1,750 sq ft35,00012-24 HoursCheck Home Depot
Pelpro PP60 1,500 sq ft35,000Up to 40 HoursCheck Amazon
Napoleon TPI35 2,000 sq ft38,25030 HoursCheck Amazon
Englander 2,000 sq ft48,00080 hoursCheck Home Depot
Comfort Bilt 2,400 sq ft44,00024 HoursCheck Home Depot
US Stove GW1949 Wiseway 2,000 sq ft40,00036 hoursCheck Amazon
US Stove 48401,000 sq ft24,00024 hoursCheck Amazon
Englander Multi Fuel 2,200 sq ft48,000Dependent on Fuel TypeCheck Home Depot
Castle 12327 Serenity1,500 sq ft31,96024 HoursCheck Amazon
Pleasant Hearth 2,200 sq ft50 00070 HoursCheck Home Depot

How Does a Pellet Stove Work?

What exactly are wood pellets?

Pellet stoves are like wood-burning ovens in that they transfer heat to your home using wood. Unlike large pieces of wood that usually require cutting with a handheld chainsaw, pellet stoves use wooden pellets, or biomass fuel. These pellets are usually sold in bags that are comparable to mulch bags. Unlike mulch or other wood chips, though, wood pellets are very densely compressed – a process that takes out nearly all of the wood’s moisture. Very dry wood will burn more cleanly than regular wood, and for that reason wooden pellets will release fewer pollutants that your traditional wood fireplace.

Are they basically the same as wood burning stoves with different fuel?

Even though your pellet stove will resemble the old wood-burning stove that your grandparents may have had, the two are not as similar as you would think. Wood pellet stoves rely on electricity to work properly. They are complicated machines that have truly brought wood-burning into the 21st century, and therefore are much more than a backup heat.

The pellet fuel is put into the unit’s “hopper,” or fuel storage. Depending on how large your unit is you may need to load your hopper as little as once a day. From the hopper, the electric auger will release pellets into the burn pot, consistent with what you would like the external temperature to be. The pellets burn here, and their heat moves through a heat exchanger to bring warmth to your home!

The gasses that are created are vented out through your roof, and the ash from the wood moves down to an ash pot, which you will need to clean from time to time.

best pellet stove

Considerations Before Buying a Wood Pellet Stove


BTUs are British Thermal Units, and it is how heat output is measured in most pellet stoves. In general, the larger the BTU, the most heat output the unit will have. We’ve included a helpful chart below to help you determine the right BTU output for your desired heating area.

A standard rule of thumb is that areas of up to 1,000 square feet will require about 24,000 BTUs, and larger areas will require more, based on that and the other factors listed below. This guide from the US Energy Information Association is also a helpful tool in understand BTUs.

Maximum Heating Area

When purchasing a pellet stove, you will want to consider the maximum heating area. For example, say that you want a pellet stove to be the focal point of your large family room. If your family room is closed off from other rooms, you will want to purchase a pellet stove sized suitably for the area of that room alone. If your family room is open to other areas of the house, you will want to include the area of those spaces as well, as inevitably the heat will travel.

Venting Options

In general pellet stoves must be vented to the outdoors. The emissions from the burning fuel would otherwise be very harmful to your health. Look carefully at the venting options of each pellet stove that you look at. Some come with outdoor air kits included, and others will leave you with a little more research in order to find the right hook-up.

All options will require that you create a hole in an exterior wall and seal it up tightly for proper efficiency. While this can be done by the average Joe at home, we recommend having a professional install your vent so that you can rest assured that your warranty is completely covered.

Top or Bottom Hopper Feed

Most pellet stoves on the market today have top-feed hoppers. This is a compartment that usually opens on top of the unit and that can be filled with the wood pellet fuel. And though less common, bottom feed hoppers are also popular. Though a little harder to load, some people say that bottom feed hoppers are more efficient because they tightly pack in the wood pellets and push them into the fire chamber, creating a much more compressed mass that will burn more fully.

Hopper Size

The hopper size on a pellet stove will indicate how often you will need to refuel your pellet stove. The smaller the hopper, the more often you will need to reload. The average pellet stove will hold one bag of fuel, or 40 lbs. Some of the units that we look at in this article will hold up to 120 lbs of fuel.

Ignition Options

Pellet stoves can have either auto-ignition or manual ignition, and it really just depends on your preference. Auto-ignition will use electricity to start your pellet stove, and manual ignition will require a match or lighter and about 3-5 minutes of your time.

Thermostat Options

Nearly all pellet stoves have built-in thermostats on the units that will give you a temperature read and allow you to adjust accordingly. Some pellet stoves can be hard-wired to a wall thermostat and used just as you would a regular furnace thermostat. We recommend professional installation for this step.

Energy Efficiency

Pellet stoves are pretty energy efficient in general. The stoves that we look at in this article range from 63%-85% energy efficient. The more energy efficient an appliance is, the less energy it needs to use to run properly.

Safety Features

The safety features of pellet stoves usually include mechanisms that will stop the unit from working if it becomes too hot. To ensure that you are receiving the safest operation of your wood pellet stove, make sure to check out our safety checklist below, which will cover all factors of your stove including how to check for carbon monoxide emissions, how to protect your children and young pets, and how to ensure the safest quality burn.

EPA & Mobile Home Approval

All of the pellet stove units we look at in this article are certified by the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which hold these appliances to high standards to ensure the safest outcomes. If you live in a mobile home, you will want to make sure that the pellet stove you purchase is also approved for mobile home use.

Price Vs Warranty

When taking into consideration any pellet stove, it is wise to compare both the price and warranty. For example, you may find similar pellet stoves vary greatly in price. If you look closely, one might have a warranty of 1 year whereas the other has a warranty of 5 years or more. Yes – you can expect to pay a little more for an extended warranty, but we have found that having an extended warranty will be more cost-saving overall when covering general wear-and-tear and replacement parts.

10 Best Wood Pellet Stoves Reviewed

1. Pleasant Hearth PH35PS Pellet Stove

Room Heating Size (Max)1,750 Square Feet
Burn Time12-24 Hours
Hopper SizeUp to 40 lbs
Energy Efficiency85% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – 5 Year

This pellet stove by Pleasant Hearth is not only the best pellet stove we could find, but it has a beautiful design that will truly complement any home. The stove is a freestanding pellet stove with a solid cast iron door with a window in it, so you can visually see the heat it is creating and enjoy the aesthetic at the same time. I love that the window is big enough to see the product at work. When you crank up the heat you will actually see the auger putting more pellets in.

The hopper on this unit is right on the top, which makes access easy even during use. And as the product description implies, it can hold about 40lbs of pellets, which is plenty to keep us warm all night!

The ash pot on this unit is not very big and needs to be cleaned often (but don’t worry, the unit will shut off automatically if it needs cleaning). This can be a major pain, and you have to be especially careful not to get ash all over your house during cleaning. I highly recommend getting the SnowJoe Ash Vacuum to make this whole process easier.


  • Heats up to 1,750 square feet
  • Made in the United States
  • Approved for mobile home use
  • Adds design appeal to any home


  • Ash pot fills up quickly
  • You may need to purchase additional exhaust vents depending on placement within your home
  • Output fan slightly louder than other models

2. Pelpro PP60 Pellet Stove

Room Heating Size (Max)1,500 Square Feet
Burn TimeUp to 40 Hours
Hopper SizeUp to 60 lbs
Energy Efficiency85% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – 5 Year

The thing that I love most about this pellet stove from Pelpro is that is looks like a small, compact model but it can put out a lot of long-lasting heat. The hopper on this guy can hold an entire bag and a half of pellets (or about 60 lbs), and when it’s set to low can run for almost 40 hours. I do recommend cleaning the ash pot each time you reload the hopper though, because the ash does seem to pile up rather quickly.

The thermostat on this model is very straight-forward and slides from low to high so that you can find your perfect setting. I really appreciate that it stops when the temperature level is reached, but also that when the room gets too chilly it will restart by itself with an automatic ignition.

The main problem that we found with this Pelpro small pellet stove is that it is often out of stock due to its popularity! With prices average just about $1K, this pellet stove is one of the more affordable varieties and an excellent option for the price.


  • Great pellet stove for the money
  • Compact design
  • Large hopper holds up to 60 lbs of pellets
  • Long run-time for a single load of pellets


  • Often out of stock due to popularity
  • Needs cleaning often
  • Replacement parts are hard to find/expensive

3. Napoleon TPI35 Pellet Stove Insert

Room Heating Size (Max)2,000 Square Feet
Burn Time30 Hours
Hopper SizeUp to 45 lbs
Energy Efficiency76.3% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – Lifetime Limited

If you already have a wood burning fireplace in your house, a pellet stove insert is such a great way to get daily use out of an already in-place structure, while also helping with your home’s energy efficiency.

When my husband and I bought a home with a wood-burning fireplace we were thrilled to have the classic fire and ambiance, but it wasn’t long until we discovered that while in use the only place warm was literally right next to the fire. The way the chimney was designed seemed to literally suck all of the warm air out of the room. Our heater had to work way harder to keep up while we were using the fireplace.

Once installed, this pellet stove insert looks great under your hearth. It gives off quick heat, and unlike a lot of pellet stoves this one is approved to use up to 50% corn pellets along with the traditional wood pellets, which has the potential to save you some money.

This Napoleon Pellet Stove insert is backed by a lifetime limited warranty from the company! To make sure that your warranty is fully covered, we highly recommend having the insert installed by a professional.


  • Effortlessly fits into your wood-burning fireplace
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Can also use corn pellets (up to 50%)
  • Extras available (remote control, outside air intake kit)


  • Frequent cleaning required
  • Only works as insert

4. Englander Wood Pellet Stove

Room Heating Size (Max)2,000 Square Feet
Burn TimeUp to 80 hours
Hopper SizeUp to 120 lbs
Energy Efficiency63% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – 5 Year

For the person looking to heat up their entire home (up to 2,000 square feet) or looking for a safe addition to their mobile home or cottage, the Englander 2,000 is a fantastic choice that will run long and keep your toasty warm. And for the person who is tired of reloading your hopper everyday or even every half day, you will be amazed that the hopper on this model can hold 120 lbs of pellets! I was really blown away with the capacity, because the stove doesn’t look that big to begin with.

The Englander 2,000 can be hooked up to an external thermostat, which makes this pellet stove as good as any home furnace. The only complaints we saw with this particular unit were that if you don’t clean the unit regularly (including the exhaust vent) that things will get clogged up and break-down over time. Hiring a professional chimney sweep to do maintenance between seasons will be a wise investment.


  • Heats up to 2,000 Square Feet
  • Can run about 80 hours on one full load of pellets
  • Certified safe for mobile home units
  • Hopper holds three bags of pellets (120 lbs)


  • Requires regular upkeep maintenance
  • Not as energy efficient as some other brands

5. ComfortBilt Pellet Stove

Room Heating Size (Max)2,400 Square Feet
Burn Time24 Hours
Hopper Size40 lbs
Energy Efficiency84% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – 7 Year Limited

For larger areas, especially insulated basements and recreational bonus rooms, I highly recommend this pellet stove by Comfort Bilt that can efficiently heat an area of 2,400 square feet. For a pellet stove, I feel like the design is pretty sleek and modern, and it’s relatively easy to clean as well.

Perhaps the most raved about feature of this particular stove is how extremely quiet it is during use. You will honestly not be bothered at all by this unit as it consistently keeps you warm. I also love the fact that the controls are built-in with an LED screen, and can also be accessed by remote control.

Unlike some of the other models we’ve looked at, this one comes with a built-in pedestal base, which will likely save you a few hundred dollars, but – it doesn’t come with an exhaust kit so that will need to be purchased separately. The hopper on this unit is also only about 40 lbs, so plan on refilling daily for consistent use.


  • Heats up to 2,400 square feet
  • Super quiet
  • Comes with built-in base
  • Remote Control Feature


  • Relatively small hopper (40 lb limit)
  • Doesn’t come with exhaust kit

6. US Stove GW1949 Wiseway Gravity Fed

Room Heating Size (Max)2,000 Square Feet
Burn Time36 hours
Hopper Size60 lbs
Energy Efficiency78% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – 3 Year

The vast majority of pellet stoves are run with electricity, yes, but there is one unique model that is run primarily on gravity – the Wiseway Gravity Fed Pellet Stove. It runs a lot like any other pellet stove, but instead of a mechanical auger pushing the pellets through, you have to literally depend on gravity to feed them down a zig-zagged shoot. I personally think that the design alone will create a major talking point at gatherings, but your friends will be amazed overall that this pellet stove works without the help of electricity. In fact, it’s the only EPA certified pellet stove that does not require electricity!

This Wiseway Gravity Fed Pellet Stove would probably be the ideal choice for a hunting or ski cabin that is only used seasonally and does not have an electric heat hook-up. When used on a low setting, the stove can keep an insulated room cozy and warm for about 36 hours.


  • No electricity hook-up required
  • Heats up to 2,000 square feet for 36 hours
  • Comes fully assembled


  • No option to use electricity if you wanted to
  • Relying on gravity not as consistent as electric auger
  • Needs frequent cleaning/small ash pot

7. US Stove 4840 Wall Mount Pellet Stove

Room Heating Size (Max)1,000 Square Feet
Burn Time24 hours
Hopper Size28 lbs
Energy EfficiencyNA
WarrantyYes – 3 Years

The US Stove 4840 is a wall mount pellet stove that looks more like a microwave than a pellet stove but will work wonderfully in smaller places of up to 1,000 square feet. The feature that users appreciate most is that it has a direct vent to the outside – once you mount it to a room with an exterior wall it just quickly vents outside, saving the (expensive and time-consuming task) of installing a complete exhaust system.

One consideration for this particular unit is that because it is wall mounted, some of the components will be slightly higher than what you would expect from a typical pellet stove.

This includes the hopper, which is smaller than most models. Instead of simply dumping a bag into the top like is easily done with larger models, you may want to use a scoop or funnel system to avoid mess. The ash pot then is also higher up, and you should consider using an ash-vacuum or shop-vac to help with clean up.


  • Wall mounted pellet stove doesn’t take up much room
  • Easily installed/vented directly outside
  • Clean, slim design


  • Hopper only holds 28 lbs. of pellets
  • On high run-time is only 6 hours
  • Cleaning can be difficult/awkward

8. Englander Multi-Fuel Stove

Room Heating Size (Max)2,200 Square Feet
Burn TimeDependent on Fuel Type
Hopper Size50 lbs
Energy EfficiencyNA
WarrantyYes – 5 Years

I love the classic look of this multi-fuel pellet stove by Englander. The vintage design will take you back to the days of sitting around the wood burning stove in your grandparents’ home, only this one will likely keep you warmer and is much easier to use.

It is made to be able to burn wood pellets, corn pellets, cherry pits, and more. And if you want to know if Englander is really taking a multi-fuel product seriously, you can be assured with their pre-programmed control board and their multi-fuel auto-ignitor, to make sure you get the most efficient burn every time.

The outside air kit for this Englander model is included, so you won’t have to worry about buying extra parts (and inevitably returning to the store when you realized you bought the wrong thing or the wrong size).

The only drawback on this model is that several users report a startling “thumping” sound when the auger is pushing pellets through.


  • Classic, nostalgic design will look great in any home
  • Comes with outside air kit
  • Can burn several types of different fuels for cost savings
  • Pre-programmed control board makes switching between fuel types easy


  • Some users have complained that the unit makes a loud thumping sound when pushing pellets through.
  • Some users have complained about up-close design flaws like too much sealant

9. Castle 12327 Serenity

Room Heating Size (Max)1,500 Square Feet
Burn Time24 Hours
Hopper Size40 lbs
Energy Efficiency69.3% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – 1 Year

We have chosen the Castle Serenity stove as our most efficient pellet stove, mostly in part for its smart controller, which allows users to completely customize their product use including manually, with thermostat, and with weekly calendar options all set to one of five different burn levels. There simply is not another product on the market that will let you customize your run-time so efficiently without constantly changing the settings manually.

The design of this model is the perfect mix between classic and modern, and the side panel makes maintenance and cleaning very easy. The hopper only holds one bag of fuel (40 lbs.), but on a low setting will heat your small home for a full 24 hours.

Some users have complained that the auger never reaches all the wood pellets, and that the stove is saying it is “empty” when there are still some pellets left, but for the average person who is loading it everyday regardless, this isn’t a big deal.

10. Pleasant Hearth 2,200 sq. ft Pellet-Stove

Room Heating Size (Max)2,200 Square Feet
Burn Time70 Hours
Hopper Size120 lbs.
Energy Efficiency81% Energy Efficient
WarrantyYes – 5 Years

I love the Pleasant Hearth brand because they are a trusted brand in the heating industry, whether it be an outdoor firepit, a fireplace, or a pellet stove – they really know their stuff! But what I also love is their commitment to making high quality, aesthetically pleasing pieces that will help your home look beautiful.

The Pleasant Hearth 2,200 Square Foot Pellet Stove is similar to its sister-stove that we looked at in number 1, only slightly larger. This one is well suited in larger rooms or homes of up to 2,200 square feet. The hopper on this one can hold three entire bags of wood pellets (that’s 120 lbs!) and will run for a solid 70 hours when on a lower setting. The larger model means not only a longer run-time, but a larger ash pot and longer time between clean-outs.

Something to consider when looking at this model is its size. A extra-large hopper means an extra-large body, and this unit stands at just about three feet tall and two feet wide, so you will need to consider a wide berth for this beauty to fit in your home (and obviously, away from curtains and flammable materials).

Types of Pellets Explained

As with other types of fuel, pellets come in different types and grades. Each type will affect how the pellet stove works, how efficient it is, and how many pellets you will require/cost during a typical season. It is best to use only the pellets recommended in the manufacturer’s guide of your pellet stove. Doing so will ensure that your stove continues to work properly and that you don’t break your warranty.

In general, pellets for a pellet stove are sold in 40 lb bags, and the typical user will require 100-150 bags during the winter season. The main type of pellet source is wood pellets, of which there are three varieties:

Premium Wood Pellets

Premium wood pellets are often from maple or oak trees and will contain less than .5% of organic ash material. Hence their premium name, they are usually more expensive than the other grades. You can expect these pellets to meet the highest industry standards and to burn relatively cleanly.

Standard Wood Pellets

Standard Wood Pellets are those that have an organic ash material rate of over .5%. These wood pellets often come from the waste of the forestry industry, or sawdust. Sometimes these pellets have a higher moisture rate than their premium counterparts. When purchasing pellets, look for a moisture rate lower than 8% for the most efficient burn rate.

Food-Grade Wood Pellets

Food-Grade wood pellets are those which are safe to cook with. These are generally used in BBQ smokers, and sometimes offer an extra “flavor” to the meat.

Other Pellets

Some wood-pellet stoves also allow you to mix in other types of pellets, made from either corn, grass, or recycled paper materials. These pellets do not burn as cleanly but can help you save money throughout a long winter.

Factors Affecting Home Heating

Size of the Room

When using a wood pellet stove to heat a room, you will want to first consider the size. Pellet stoves often heat much more ground than a typical space heater, and that is why they are often used as the main source of heat in small houses and mobile homes. When using a pellet stove to heat an entire home, you will want to make sure that air flow is available to circulate the heat to each room. Unlike full furnaces, pellet stoves do not usually hook up to the HVAC vents of a home.

Insulation, Ceiling Height & Flooring

A pellet stove will be most suitable in an area that is well insulated. Having insulation prevents heat from leaking out and will be less taxing to your pellet stove over time. Because heat rises, higher ceilings will make any room more difficult to fully heat up. If your home has very high ceilings, you may want to consider a pellet stove recommended for a room larger than your intent to make up for the lost space. Flooring can also make a difference.

Carpeting provides an extra layer of insulation for a room and will help an area stay warmer longer, however it is recommended that a pellet stove be placed on a large, hard surface like ceramic tile. If you’d like to place a wood pellet stove in a carpeted room, there are pellet stove bases that you can purchase to make this a safe option.

Location of the Stove

Pellet stoves always need to be placed in a room where there is an exterior wall for proper ventilation, but building code restricts them from being placed in bedrooms. Many people choose to place pellet stoves in insulated basements, or near the bottom of an open stairwell. Doing so will help take advantage of the natural tendency for heat to rise to the floors above. In general, place the pellet stove where you will be spending the majority of your time and would like to be toasty warm. Living rooms are a great option.

Types of Stoves Compared

Pellet Stove Vs Wood Fireplace

best pellets for pellet stoveWood burning fireplaces are still beloved by many for their classic cozy ambiance and the warmth they give off from those sitting nearby. Some would say that there is nothing compared to the crackling of a real wood fireplace!

You might be surprised to learn though that wood fireplaces are energy thieves compared to their counterparts in pellet stoves. A fireplace, on average, only converts about 15% of the wood’s energy into what can be used as efficient heat.

The pellet heaters we looked at in this article have an average energy efficiency rating of 75%, sometimes much higher. Using a pellet stove doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to lose the ambiance though. Some pellet stoves have beautiful windows in which you can watch a glowing fire inside.

Pellet Stove Vs Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces are in general about 70% energy efficient. They work differently than wood fireplaces in that they suck cool air in from outside and then force the warm air through a vent into the room the fireplace is in. If your home is already hooked up to a natural gas line it will be relatively inexpensive to have your fire running often and gas fireplaces can even be used during a power outage as back-up heat. You will notice though that most homes do not use gas fireplaces as their sole source of heat, and that it because they generally cannot cover as much area as a pellet stove can, so whereas they are close in energy efficiency, a gas fireplace will have to work harder overall to heat your desired space.

Pellet Stove Vs Electric Fireplace

Electric fireplaces are the newest type of fireplace to come on the market, and their label as “fireplace” is often contentious because they often have phony flames made with lights. Their ambiance still looks very real, and besides not being completely authentic, some of these models run at up to 100% energy efficient. Compared to pellet stoves, electric fireplaces are completely maintenance free, as they do not create ash or any type of clean-up. They also don’t create and carbon monoxide, so therefore they do not require a vent to the outside and can be a suitable option for those living in high-rise apartment buildings for condo associations where fireplaces are not allowed.

Choosing the Right Size Pellet Stove

Choosing the right size pellet stove will probably be the most important aspect or your overall purchase, as one size does not quite fit all. You will want to consider all of the factors we discussed above, including the size of the room, how high the ceilings are, how well insulated the room is, and the location in which you intend the stove to live. Once you have determined all of these factors, looking at the BTUs of each unit will be a helpful place to start. We’ve created this handy chart to show you the approximate BTU value you should look for in regards to different room types, and we’ve also included our favorite pellet stove in each of those categories.

Room Size (Square Feet)BTU’s Best Brand/Model
Up to 1000 sq. ft24,000+ BTUsUS Stove 4840
1000 – 1500 sq. ft30,000+BTUsCastle 12327 Serenity
1500 – 2000 sq. ft35,000 BTUsPleasant Hearth 1,750
Above 2000 sq. ft.44,000+ BTUsComfort Bilt Pellet Stove

Safety Tips for Your Home

There are many considerations for safety when it comes to having a pellet stove in your home. Please make sure that you consider all of the following before purchase and during use:

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, to alert you of unsafe levels of CO2 that could be brought on from a poorly functioning or misused pellet stove.
  • Avoid accidents and burns. If you have small children or pets, consider keeping your pellet stove gated off.
  • Follow your manufacturer’s guide and make sure that you inspect your unit often to make sure that it is working properly.
  • Clean out the ash pot regularly.
  • Make sure that you safely dispose of ashes. Ashes should always be put in a metal container with a lid when there is any risk of them being hot or creating a fire. Never dump ashes in your trash can.
  • To ensure your unit is burning as cleanly as possible, only use the pellets recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Have your unit and exhaust cleaned professionally by a chimney sweep each fall before you begin use for the season.
  • Keep all flammable materials away from your stove. Furniture should be no closer than three feet.

People Also Ask (FAQs)

How do you install a pellet stove?

Installing pellet stoves doesn’t necessarily take a lot of electrical work these days, as most stoves are able to plug into a standard outlet. The hard part of the installation will come with properly venting the pellet stove outside. We recommend hiring a professional, to ensure that you have the safest setup possible.

How much does pellet stove installation cost?

Professional installation of a pellet stove costs between a few hundred dollars and around a thousand dollars. The large variation in price will include how difficult the vent is to build/seal, whether or not additional parts will need to be purchased, and the amount of time spent. We suggest requesting a quote with your specific model of pellet stove.

Do you need electricity to run a pellet stove?

Yes, pellet stoves require electricity. This is how the auger, or small motor, releases the pellets into the burn pot at a consistent pace.

Will these heaters help me to save on my electrical bill?

Pellet stoves are costly to purchase and install and can also cost upwards of $1,000 to run annually, so they are not the most cost-effective supplemental heating. However, given the option of using a pellet stove or installing a home furnace, a home furnace would cost you much more upfront. The balance also changes with the prices of different fuels (gas, propane, etc) changes.

Do these heaters break down regularly and are they easy to repair?

Pellet stoves do require frequent maintenance and cleaning, but when used as the manufacturer’s guide recommends can last a long time. Most of the pellet stoves we look at in this article also provide a 5-year warranty.

How can I maintain and lengthen the life of my pellet stove?

What are some of the top rated brands of pellet stoves? Pleasant Hearth, PelPro, Napoleon and Englander are all top-rated brands of pellet stoves with many reviews.


Our overall favorite pellet stove is the Pleasant Hearth 1,750 Square Foot Pellet Stove. At 85% efficiency, this freestanding cast-iron pellet stove is as gorgeous as it is functional and will provide ambiance to any room.

A pellet stove can be a great heat option for your home if you do your research and find the best possible model for your current living situation. We certainly hope we’ve helped you break down all the options a little bit.