New to the site?  Click here to register.

  • Pellet Stoves 101
    Similar in appearance to a wood-burning stove, a pellet stove is a heating appliance that burns biomass fuels to create heat. Pellet stoves operate by slowly feeding fuel from a storage container called a hopper into the burn-pot, creating a steady flame.

    Pellet stoves are fueled by small, tube-shaped pellets that generally measure 1/4” in diameter and 3/4” in length. Pellets are a biomass product made of renewable substances including recycled wood waste and plant derivatives.

    When burned in a high efficiency pellet stove, a 40-lb bag of pellets can provide about 24 hours of steady heat for 1500 square feet of living space.


    Why should I consider a Pellet Stove?

    Pellet stoves are considered carbon-neutral and burn very clean, with low outside air particulate emissions of only between 0.6 and 1.2 grams per hour. And, because pellet stoves produce less greenhouse gases than fossil fuel systems they are good for the environment.

    Pellet stoves can also help your family save on heating bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the cost of heating by pellet is well below oil, propane or electric. Interested in how much you could save? Check out the pellet fuel cost calculator provided by the Pellet Fuels Institute and compare your fuel costs.


    Which Pellet Stove is Right for Me?

    When considering a pellet stove for your home, it’s important to remember one size does not fit all. A stove too large for the heat demand of your house may operate with slow, smoldering fires much of the time to avoid overheating the room, and an undersized stove can be damaged by frequent over-firing to keep up with heat demand, so be sure to consult with a professional when selecting a pellet stove.

    As pellets appliances have become more popular and available, the designs have expanded to include innovative details that fit within modern home décor, like the contemporary Quadra-Fire Santa Fe or the popular Harman Accentra. To find a stove that fits within your home décor, check out our pellet stove product finder.

    Archives

    Featured Fireplace
    Heat & Glo LUX Gas Fireplace Series
    The LUX delivers custom looks—without custom costs or installation hassles. Colorful flames rise through sculpted stainless steel while a reflective black glass interior multiplies the fire and radiates the flames. It's an innovative blend of technology, design and safety that creates modern art, on fire.

    Tags

    Fireplace Inspiration, Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces, Design Inspiration, Home Décor, Design Blogs, Wood Tips, Efficient Heating, Design Ideas, Décor Inspiration, Spring Cleaning, Décor, Outdoor Design, Landscaping, Natural Remedies, Stove Maintenance, HGTV, Outdoor Fireplaces, Fireplace Trends, Home Trends, Building Trends, Pellet Stoves, Pellet Stove Maintenance, Tips & Tricks, Fireside activities, Hot Yoga, Yoga, Healthy Living, Wood Inserts, Fireplace Inserts, Fireplace Efficiency, Fireplace Activities, Family Fun, Game Night, ASID, Interior Design, Modern Design, Pinterest, Houzz, Porch, Wallpaper, Open Shelving, Decorated Ceiling, Safety Tips, Fireplace Safety, ANSI, Fireplace Fronts, Commercial Design, Design Tips, Reclaimed wood, Reclaimed Building Materials, Remodel, Wood Stove, Tiny House Movement, Valentine's Day Tips to Rekindle the Flame, Rekindle the Flame, Gas Fireplace Insert, Home design, Top Design Blogs, New Products, IBS, Movie Night, Fireplace, Holidays, Zone Heating, Energy Efficiency, Fire Safety, Entertaining, Design, Sherwin-Williams, Color Trends, Christmas Tree, Tree Safety, NFL, Football, Party Tips, Tailgating, Buying Tips, Technology, Fireplace Maintenance, Pellet Stove, MEZZO, New Product, Crave, Snow, Relax, Fireplace Transformations, Before and After, Home Transformations, National Preparedness Month, FEMA, IntelliFire, IntelliFire Plus, Pellet Storage, Curb Appeal, Direct vent, Unvented Fireplace, Heatilator, Heat & Glo, Design Trends, Wood Pile, Firewood, Contest, TV, Stacking Fireplace & TV, Super Bowl, Blogs, Pellets, Storing, Love, Stove, Cut costs, wood fireplace insert, Less money, Hearth fuels, Fuels, Fireside, New Years, Green, Eco-Friendly, Pellet, Color, Trend, Gift, Holiday, Mantel, Decorate, Thanksgiving, Maintenance, Zone heating, heating bill, save energy, Recycling, Pellet Insert, Operation, Paint, Color of the Year, Halloween, Gas fireplace, Gas Stove, Wood-burning, burn season, Gas Fireplace, Fire Prevention, Safety, Infographic, Accentra 52i, Pellet insert, REVO, Warranty, Woodpile, fireplace safety, stove safety, gas fireplace, awards, wood safety, wood stove, fireplaces, fireplace FAQs, fireplace insert, pellet stove, Outdoor fireplace; outdoor living space, Gas Fireplace; Fireplace Remodel, Modern Fireplaces; Gas Fireplaces;, Buying a fireplace; Fireplaces;, wood stove; pellet stove, gas fireplace technology; direct vent; gas fireplace; gas fireplace insert, pellet stoves, gas fireplace; before and after, fireplace insert installation; fireplace installation, gas fireplace; troubleshooting, gas fireplace; gas insert, gas fireplace insert; remodel; insert upgrade, buying guide, Indoor/outdoor fireplace, outdoor fireplaces, home décor, Revo; gas fireplace, fireplace technology; gas fireplace; gas fireplace insert; gas stove, fireplace lifestyle, fireplace insert; fireplace insert installation; wood insert; pellet insert; gas insert, hearth maintenance; maintenance; stove maintenance; fireplace maintenance, green heat; home, green living, stoves, gas fireplaces, installing a fireplace, installing a stove, modern fireplace, fireplace, Indoor/Outdoor Fireplaces, Gas Fireplaces, Wood Fireplaces, buying guides, buying a gas fireplace, fireplace venting, fireplace installation, stove venting, stove installation, Color of the year, interior design, EPA-Certified fireplaces, wood fireplaces, EPA Certified fireplaces, fireplace décor, mantels, fireplace mantels, Outdoor fireplaces, outdoor living, gas fireplace installation, gas fireplace FAQ, fireplace accessories, fireplace tools, stove décor, stove accessories, stove tools, Biomass, Stove Shopping, Wood Burning, Green Heat, Giveaways, Renewable Fuel, Insert, Fireplaces, Gas Inserts, Fireplace Trends 2011, Pellet Information, Decor, Holiday Contest, Gas Insert, Deck, Home