The Lopi Pioneer Pellet Stove

The Lopi Pioneer is a neat, compact pellet stove with a large, nicely detailed bay viewing window for its size. The pedestal base is part of the body of the stove.

Capable of heating 1,600 square feet and producing 28,000 btu.'s, it has an exceptionally large hopper for such a small stove which provides a burn time of fifty five hours. See comments below.

The hopper holds fifty five pounds of pellets, and the top of the stove opens completely for easy access.

The control board has a maintenance required diagnostic system which helps to analyse a problem if one arises.

Optional extras are a wall mounted thermostat which can shut the stove down and restart it as needed. A remote control is also optional.

If you are unsure of the meanings of the terms in the pellet stove review below,or their implications, please go to the Pellet Stove Reviews page for an explanation.

lopi pioneer

Heating Area 1,600 sq.ft.

Max. Heat Output 28,700 btu.

Automatic Ignition Yes

Manual Ignition If needed

Hopper Capacity Freestanding 55 lbs. Insert 35 lbs.

Burn time Freestanding 50 hrs. Insert 35 hrs.

Fuel Type Standard or premium grade wood pellets

Glass Air Wash Yes

Built in Blower Yes

Convection Blower Capacity 130 cfm.

Thermostat Compatible Yes

E.P.A. Approved Yes

Emissions 2 gr./hr.

Efficiency 82%


Height 29.5 in.
Width 22.2 in.
Depth 20.9 in.

Weight 180 lbs.

Window Size 18 in. by 9 in.

Flue Vent Size 3 in.

Top Vent No

Rear Vent Yes

Rear Vent Height Freestanding 16.75 in. Insert 9.4 in.

Battery Backup No See Stove Sentry

Surge Protector Recommended

Colours Black

Exhaust Temperature Sensor No

Low Draft Shutdown Yes

Construction Type Fabricated steel

Automatic Shutdown and Re-ignition Yes, with optional thermostat


Two years:

Firebox Assembly, Door Assembly, Auger Assembly, Ceramic Glass, Glass (breakage from thermal shock), Igniter System, Electrical System, Accessories

Five years:

Firebox Assembly, Door Assembly, Auger Assembly

Seven years: Parts only

Firebox Assembly, Door Assembly



Log set

Wall thermostat

Remote control

Dimensions for Lopi Pioneer Bay Fireplace Insert

lopi pioneer insert

Dimensions Insert

Height 22 in.
Width 22.2 in.
Depth 9.5 in. onto hearth, 11.6 in. into fireplace

Min. Fireplace Size

Height 19.6 in.
Width 18.6 in
Depth 11.6 in.

Insert Surround Dimensions

Small: 40.5 in. by 29 in.

Large: 44.5 in. by 32 in.


Ashes must be brushed from the firebox to the ash pan.

The combustion air input must be adjusted manually to match the heat setting of the stove.

The insert hopper capacity is smaller than the freestanding stove, giving the insert a maximum burn time of thirty five hours.


The Lopi Pioneer has a 'maintenance required' diagnostic system on the control board.


Check and clean the firepot


Clean the heat exchanger tubes, vacuum the hopper, clean gold trim surfaces.

Sweep ash into ash pan and check if ash pan needs emptying. Clean the glass.


Remove the firebox back, clean the back of the stove and the exhaust ducts.

Clean the exhaust blower, convection blower and the venting system.

Check for air leaks around the door, glass and ashpan


If you would like to leave a review of the Lopi Pioneer pellet stove or Pioneer Bay fireplace insert, please use the form on the contact page.

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