A pellet stove derives its name from its fuel – small pellets (each measuring roughly 1/4” in diameter and 3/4” in length) of biomass product made from renewable substances. Pellet stoves create heat by burning a constant flame with little need for manual adjustment thanks to the slow feeding of fuel from the hopper (the stove's small storage container) to the burn-pot area.

Benefits of a Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves are an efficient and cost-effective way of heating your home. A high-efficiency pellet stove can provide a full day's worth of heat for a 1500 square foot living space on a 40-lb bag of pellets. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, heating your home with pellets is more cost-effective than heating with oil, propane or electric and can help to significantly reduce heating bills. The Pellet Fuels Institute has a pellet fuel cost calculator to help determine how much you can save by heating with a pellet stove.

In addition to being cost-effective, today's pellet stoves are highly versatile to meet the specific heating needs of your home. Many models are self-igniting, are able to cycle themselves on and off and have exhaust-sensing technology that monitors and adjusts heat levels, keeping the temperature where you want it. Maintenance on quality pellet stoves is easy and rare, so with little upkeep, your stove will keep running smoothly for years to come.

Not only beneficial for you, pellet stoves produce fewer greenhouse gases than fossil fuel systems, making them good for the environment. Clean-burning and carbon-neutral, they have low outside air particulate emissions of between 0.6 and 1.2 grams per hour.

Choosing the Right Pellet Stove

Not all pellet stoves are right for your heating needs. A professional can assist you in finding the proper size and model of stove to control the burning of pellets. It is important to choose the correct size of stove for your home – a stove that is too small may become damaged from over-firing to maintain the desired temperature, and an oversized stove may be reduced to producing low, smoldering fires to avoid overheating. Your perfect stove will burn steadily and easily keep your home at a comfortable and consistent temperature.

As pellet stoves have increased in popularity, they have become not only an excellent heating source but a beautiful addition to any room. Pellet stoves come in many varieties to fit your home's specific décor and include many elegant and innovative details. The modern pellet stove combines style with efficiency, affordability, and environmental friendliness.

This article was written by Sammy Jo who works with Quadra-fire, a Hearth & Home Technologies company.

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