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Best Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves are increasing in popularity as a more affordable way of heating a home or a specific room in the home. These stoves run by burning pellets, which are usually made of sawdust, bark, or other wood or agricultural waste. They are extremely efficient, and provide heat at a much lower cost than traditional furnaces.

Pellet stoves are available in two main styles: freestanding and fireplace insert. The freestanding type looks much like an old-fashioned wood stove, and are reported to be more reliable than the fireplace insert types. The fuel can be inserted either through the top or bottom of the pellet stove, and is stored in a hopper. When choosing a pellet stove, you should consider the performance, ease of cleanup, installation, price, and efficiency.

U S Stove 5510 48,000 BTU Wood Pellet Stove

This pellet stove usually costs about $1,200, and has a large hopper in order to go days without having to fill the stove with pellets. Unlike some budget pellet stoves, this one does not require premium pellets. It offers adjustable controls that can help the stove deal with varying grades of fuel. With an output of 48,000 BTU and nine heat settings, many people would expect the price to be higher. There is no thermostat included, although it is compatible with most wall thermostats. The stove is surprisingly efficient for a budget pellet stove, and many people use it as a primary heat source in houses up to 1,200 square feet. As with many budget pellet stoves, parts like the auto starter may need to be replaced - but this is usually covered under the warranty.

US Stove Company 6041 Multi-Fuel Pellet Stove with Legs

Although this stove is among the more expensive of the budget pellet stoves, it shares many of the features of full-priced stoves while still remaining under $2,000. The black steel stove is more utilitarian than decorative, but it is extremely durable and burns a variety of types of pellets and other fuels. The stove includes a removable ash pan - not found in many budget pellet stoves - making for infinitely easier cleanup. The blower has nine settings, and the digital controls make operation extremely easy. The stove is a good primary heat source, as it heats up to 2,000 square feet, but it tends to be noisier than more expensive models - and even some other budget models. The stove is approved for mobile home use.

US Stove Company 40 Lb. Forester Pellet Heater

While the Forester pellet stove has many of the problems common to budget pellet stoves, it can heat up to 1,600 square feet - impressive for a stove that hovers around the $1,200 price range. With 44,000 BTU output (when the listed fuels are used) and a 40-pound hopper capacity, the stove does not seem like too much of a compromise. It has a viewing window that makes the stove pleasant in any home, lending a fireplace-like atmosphere to the room. As with many budget models, the Forester stove may need some replacement parts before too long, especially with the pellet delivery system. While on the high end of the budget pellet stoves, this model features automatic ignition and electronic controls, making it easy for anyone to use. The stove weighs about 200 pounds, unloaded, and is safe for use in mobile homes.

Summers Heat Pellet Stove 55-SHP10L

Summers Heat Pellet Stove 55-SHP10L

The Summers Heat 55-SHP10L has many of the same advantages and disadvantages as most budget pellet stoves. It tends to be noisier than higher-priced stoves, and it requires premium pellets in order to not void the warranty. It saves money over heating oil, though, and can heat up to 1,500 square feet. Many people use it for a primary source of heat as long as their house is not too large. As with many budget pellet stoves, there is no ash pan, making cleanup much harder than with more expensive pellet stoves. Although various parts may have to be replaced, they are often covered by warranty.

Harman P68 Pellet Stove

Harman P68 Pellet Stove

Although a little more expensive than some other pellet stoves, this Harman stove is well-known for being reliable and efficient. The 68,000 BTU output is controlled by "smart" controls, and needs very little maintenance. Combined with automatic ignition, a new and improved door latch, and a patented feeder, the stove can use any quality of fuel, and not just the most expensive type of pellets. The Harman P68 pellet stove won the Vesta award for excellence in pellet stoves within the first week it was available. This pellet stove is not only functional but also very elegant, with delicate etching around the door and handles. This stove is the best option for someone willing to spend a little more in order to spend less time and money on maintenance and heating down the road.

U S Stove 5510 48,000 BTU Wood Pellet Stove

This pellet stove usually costs about $1,200, and has a large hopper in order to go days without having to fill the stove with pellets. Unlike some budget pellet stoves, this one does not require premium pellets. It offers adjustable controls that can help the stove deal with varying grades of fuel. With an output of 48,000 BTU and nine heat settings, many people would expect the price to be higher. There is no thermostat included, although it is compatible with most wall thermostats. The stove is surprisingly efficient for a budget pellet stove, and many people use it as a primary heat source in houses up to 1,200 square feet. As with many budget pellet stoves, parts like the auto starter may need to be replaced - but this is usually covered under the warranty.

US Stove Company 40 Lb. Forester Pellet Heater

While the Forester pellet stove has many of the problems common to budget pellet stoves, it can heat up to 1,600 square feet - impressive for a stove that hovers around the $1,200 price range. With 44,000 BTU output (when the listed fuels are used) and a 40-pound hopper capacity, the stove does not seem like too much of a compromise. It has a viewing window that makes the stove pleasant in any home, lending a fireplace-like atmosphere to the room. As with many budget models, the Forester stove may need some replacement parts before too long, especially with the pellet delivery system. While on the high end of the budget pellet stoves, this model features automatic ignition and electronic controls, making it easy for anyone to use. The stove weighs about 200 pounds, unloaded, and is safe for use in mobile homes.

Englander 2,200 Sq. Ft. Deluxe Pellet Burning Stove

This pellet stove is a freestanding, non-compact variety, with a 60-pound hopper. It is a great price for a stove that can easily heat a 2,200 square foot area, and a variety of types of fuel can be used for different levels of heat. The main downside to this stove is that it needs to be cleaned more frequently than other brands, but customers are still generally very happy with it. Customer service from the company tends to be excellent and extremely helpful with both big and small problems. The stove is not as elegant as some, nor as fancy, but its utilitarian looks do not take away from its performance. Any kind of pellets can be used in this stove with no ill effects.

Hudson River Saratoga Pellet Stove

Hudson River Saratoga Pellet Stove

The Saratoga pellet stove from Hudson River is very compact, and can fit into many different parts of the house to provide heat in addition to (or instead of) central heating. Although the gray and red two-tone look doesn't fit into everybody's decor, the unit is not as utilitarian as many other compact pellet stoves. The "smart" controls make it easy to adjust the temperature, and the ash drawer slides out easily to be emptied. A variety of pellet types can be used in this stove. When fully stocked, the stove can run for 40 hours without being refueled, and it can create an output of up to 30,000 BTUs. The hopper fits 45 pounds of pellets, and this stove falls right in the middle of the price range for pellet stoves.

Bronwyn Harris
I am a teacher and have experience teaching every age from kindergarten to adult. My passion is helping students who aren't easily reached by conventional teaching techniques. I am also fortunate enough to be from a family of professional artists and enjoy painting, knitting, and many other artistic and crafty pursuits. I live in Alameda with my dog and leopard gecko.
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