Pellet stoves burn compressed wood or biomass pellets to create a consistent and energy efficient source of heat. These stoves couldn’t be easier to operate – once you fire up a pellet stove, it automatically keeps the flame going by feeding the burn pot area with fuel. Even if you don’t have a chimney, a pellet stove is still a great heating option, because it can use horizontal venting to whisk away the exhaust fumes. With proper maintenance, a pellet stove will only leave a light layer of ash after each use. Pellet stoves can use a variety of fuel types including corn, grain and woodchips.
- Clean burning.
- Allows extended burn times.
- Can be mixed 50/50 with corn.
- Easy to store.
- Pellets are readily available, found in most hardware stores.
- Some pellet appliances are self-lighting and run off a room thermostat.
- Pellet appliances are usually more expensive than wood.
- Consumers can’t get “free” pellets like they can wood.
- Pellet appliances require electricity to operate.
- Pellet appliances historically require the most service and maintenance.
Can I install my own pellet stove?
We do not recommend self-installation. Contact us today to learn about our factory-trained professional installers and how to schedule an installation.
What are the benefits of pellet stoves?
Pellet stoves are exceptionally easy to use, and can be set to burn at your specifically desired temperature. Not only are they easy and convenient, with automatic ignition, but they are also environmentally friendly!
What do pellets consist of?
Through a natural binding process, sawdust is compressed to make pellets.
Is corn an acceptable fuel source?
You can burn corn in some of the newer Quadra-Fire models, though we recommend burning a mix of fuel types. For optimal burn, a 50/50 mix is best, though you can burn up to an 80% corn/20% pellet mix.
Does the retail price include installation?
No, there are additional costs associated with installation, piping, surrounds, and electrical/gas connection. The listed price is only for the appliance.
Where is my model number located?
You can find your model number your rating plate, which is located on one of your stove’s side panels or in the hopper.
How frequently should I empty my firepot?
This depends on the frequency of use and the fuel used, though it is sometimes advised to clean your firepot daily. To clean your firepot, simply put the cleanout rod.
How frequently should I clean my firebox ash?
You must remove your firebox ash each and every time your firebox is cleaned to reduce buildup in the exhaust blower.
How many times a year should I clean my heat exchanger?
Your heat exchanger should be cleaned each time your firepot is cleaned, with a most extensive cleaning completed at least once a month. You can clean your heat exchanger by pulling the two rods under the top lid of the stove, but the thorough cleaning requires that you remove the baffle plates and empty the clean-out plate.
How many times a year should I clean my chimney or venting system?
It is advised that you have your venting system and chimney both cleaned and inspected at least once every year. If you have horizontal pipe sections, you may need to have your systems cleaned more often.
How many times should I clean my blowers annually?
Blowers only require cleaning once a year, though, if you use your stove heavily and the blower is getting noisy, you may have to clean the fan blades more often.
Are there ceramic firepots available for my pellet stove?
Ceramic firepots are no longer produced, and haven’t been since 1996. We offer conversion kits that allow you to update your older model stove to an EZ Clean cast iron firepot.
Which pellet stoves will still work during a power outage?
If you have a backup generator, any of our pellet stoves will continue to operate during a power outage. Unfortunately, there is no battery backup system within the stoves themselves.
Why is my firepot cleaning rod sticking?
This is caused by excess carbon buildup. To remedy this, you can loose the slide bolt on the plate and create a space equal to the width of a dime. By doing so, you can more easily open and close the firepot.