What's The Best Pellet Stove For You?

The best pellet stove choice for you depends on a number of factors, probably the most important being the climate zone you live in, how well your home is insulated, how large the area you want to heat is, and what you want the internal temperature set at. Stoves are arranged by heat output lower on this page to allow easy pellet stove comparison.

If you already know the heat output you need, go to Pellet Stove Comparison to choose a pellet stove based on style and design.

If you would prefer not to be dependent on one sort of fuel, you could consider a multi fuel corn pellet stove.

For comprehensive listings of pellet stove manufacturers, please follow these links. U.S.A. : Canada : Europe :

Or perhaps you're in the market for a used pellet stove.

If space is a problem, and you're not sure if you have enough room for a pellet stove, have a look at these examples of the smallest pellet stove.

US Heat Zones

In warmer areas such as the southern United States, 16 btu. (British Thermal Units) per square foot of heating area is adequate in a house with good insulation. In colder areas, if your house is not well insulated, you will need as much as fifty btu. per square foot. Check the maps for an idea of the winter temperature zone for your area.

Btu.'s required for a well insulated house in a warm area: 16 btu./ sq.ft.
Btu.'s required for an averagely insulated house in a warm area: 20btu./sq.ft.
Btu.'s required for a poorly insulated house in a warm area: 23btu./sq.ft.

Virginia, for instance, would be classed as a warm area.
For a cold area such as Michigan, multiply your result by 1.3.
For an even colder area, (Canada), multiply your result by 1.7.

Now do a small calculation. Work out the area in square feet that you need to heat and multiply that by the btu. per square foot you need for your area and standard of insulation. For example, if you want to to heat a 1,000 square foot house in Virginia with average insulation.

Virginia is in the higher temperature range and you will need a heat output of 20 btu. per square foot. 20 btu times 1000 square feet comes to 20,000 btu. per hour stove output. If you live in a colder area such as Michigan, you will need 20,000 multiplied by 1.3 btu. which is 26,000 btu.

Remember, you'll save more money in the long run if you insulate your home well and buy a smaller pellet stove, than if you buy a larger pellet stove to make up for poor insulation.

The btu. outputs that manufacturers provide relate to the efficiency of the stove in burning fuel. There are no figures for the efficiency of the heat exchangers in transferring this heat to the home. Pellet stove manufacturers will give a heating area for their stoves, but this tends to be optimized. Some are more optimistic than others.

If the low heat output on a stove is too high for milder conditions, check if it can be controlled by a thermostat to switch it on and off.

To change BTU. to Watts, divide btu. by 3.4.

Pellet stoves, being to some extent mechanical, don't like to be run flat out all the time just as you wouldn't rev your car everywhere in low gear. It's best to choose a stove that's more than adequate for your needs and run it at a medium setting.

EU Heat Zones

Fuel Efficiency And Supply

All E.P.A. certified pellet stoves are rated at over 78%. Some are much more efficient than that. See the stove pages under the REVIEWS button on the left for efficiency ratings. You should make sure that there is a reliable supply in your area of the correct standard of pellets for the stove you're considering.

Choosing The Best Pellet Stove For Reliability

See the comments section on the individual stove pages. If there's a problem with a particular stove, it will be mentioned there.

If things do go wrong, which can always happen with mechanical devices, make sure that a local service agent is available unless you are very confident of being able to sort things out yourself. Best pellet stove manufacturers have manuals available for download online. A manual should come with the stove anyway.

All the stoves in these pages have been produced in thousands of units. Be a little wary of a new line which may not have all the bugs worked out unless you are very confident in your service agent.

The main thing that causes problems with pellet stoves is lack of thorough cleaning. Even the best pellet stove and best pellet stove insert needs regular maintenance.

Best Pellet Stoves Listed By Heat Output

20 - 25 thousand btu.

Englander 25pdvc----- 22416

25 - 30 thousand btu.

Englander 25PDV -------- 24,500
Englander 25PAH -------- 25,000
Englander 25EP------------ 25,000
Englander 10CPM ------ 24,566
Avalon Newport---------- 28700
Seraph Genesis 106 ---- 28000
Lopi Pioneer----------- 28700

30 - 35 thousand btu.

Pelpro Mini ---------- 30000
Ecoteck Francesca ---------- 31000
Thelin Gnome ---------- 33000
Enviro EF2 ------------- 34000
Enviro Mini ------------- 30000
Quadrafire Castile ------ 30000
Quadrafire Santa Fe ----- 30000
Whitfield Cascade ------- 30000
Whitfield Profile 20 ---- 32000
Elite Montage ----------- 32000
Traditions T300p -------- 32000
Enviro Empress ---------- 34000

35 - 40 thousand btu.

Harman P35i Pellet Insert----------35,000
St Croix Hastings ------- 35000
Drolet Eco 35 ------- 35000
Ecoteck Monica ---------- 35000
Rika Premio ------- 35600
Rika Visio ------- 35600
Jamestown J1000 ------- 38000
Whitfield Profile 30 ------- 38000
Country Collection Winslow - 39000

40 - 45 thousand btu.

Bosca Spirit------------ 40,000
Bosca Classic------------ 40,000
Breckwell P22------------ 40,000
Solstice P7000---------- 40,000
Harman Accentra------------ 40,000
Enviro EF3 ----------- 40000
Kozi 100------------ 40,000
Kozi BayWin------------ 40,000
Kozi Previa------------ 40,000
Kozi Shop Heater------------ 40,000
St Croix Afton Bay------------ 40,000
St Croix Auburn------------ 40,000
St Croix Element------------ 40,000
St Croix Greenfield----------- 40,000
St Croix Lancaster------------ 40,000
St Croix Prescott EXL and EXP- 40,000
Thelin Echo- 40,000
Thelin Parlour- 40,000
The Lopi and Avalon AGP pellet stove--41,000
Rika (Austroflamm) Integra- 42,000
Pelpro Freestanding--- 42000
Pelpro Bay Window--- 42000
Breckwell Classic Cast----- 42000
Country Collection Bella 43000
Harman Pellet Pro 38 Plus 43000
Harman P43 43000
Ecoteck Gloria ---------- 44000
Ecoteck Ilaria ---------- 44000
Ecoteck Laura ---------- 44000
Ecoteck Serena ---------- 44000
Ecoteck Veronica ---------- 44000
Thelin Tiburon- 44,500

45 - 50 thousand btu.

Breckwell P2700 ---------- 45000
Drolet Eco 45 ---------- 45000
Avalon Astoria ---------- 45100
Avalon Arbor ------------ 45100
Enviro Evolution--------- 45000
Enviro Meridian --------- 45000
Jamestown J2000 --------- 45000
Lopi Yankee ------------ 45100
Lopi Leyden ------------ 45100
Bosca Soul------------ 47,000
Breckwell P23--------- 47000
Quadrafire Classic Bay -- 47300
Ecoteck Silvia ------ 48,000
Ecoteck Elena ------ 48,000
Harman Advance ---------- 48000

Over 50 thousand btu.

Ecoteck Sofia ------ 50,000
Pelpro Corn Stove--- 50000
Pelpro Home Heater--- 50000
Bixby Maxfire---------- 50000
Harman PC45---------- 50000 btu.
Harman XXV---------- 50000
Breckwell SP6000----- 50000
Breckwell P2000----- 50000
Breckwell P24--------- 50000
St Croix Lincoln-----50000
Fahrenheit Endurance-----50000
Breckwell Big E--------- 55000
Enviro M55 ------ 55000
Englander Super 240 ------ 56000
Wiseway Non-Electric ------ 57000

Over 60 thousand btu.

Enviro Omega ------------ 60000
Seraph Genesis 108 ---- 60000
Quadrafire Mt Vernon ----- 60200
Drolet Eco 65 ----- 65000
Harman P61---------- 61000 btu.
Harman P68---------- 68000
Bixby UBB---------- 70000 btu.
Enviro Maxx ------------- 75000

[?] Subscribe To This Site

follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines