Pellet Stove Reviews: How to Compare Pellet Stoves

Pellet stove reviews is a large part of what is all about. It can be hard to dig out enough information about different pellet stoves from different manufacturers to make a meaningful comparison between them. If you want to go straight to the reviews, skip to the bottom of the page and click on the pellet stove maker you're interested in.

Each stove listed on this site in the stove manufacturer's section below has a standardised page of criteria which makes it easy to compare pellet stoves.
If there is a problem or difficulty with a particular stove, this will be highlighted in the 'comments' section of that pellet stove review page.

Having said that, all the stoves listed on this site are reputable and reliable or I wouldn't have included them. Being mechanical, and differing in design and components, there are variations in maintenance requirements, style and performance.

This page is about the meaning of the various criteria, to help you understand the significance of each entry in the pellet stove reviews

Heating Area
This figure, in btu.s per square foot is an average. For more information about the requirements for your particular home and geographical area, go to the Best Pellet Stoves page.

Max. Heat Output
Technically, this figure is the maximum amount of heat the unit is capable of producing. How much of this gets into the room depends on the overall efficiency of the stove. (see efficiency below) Few manufacturers give figures for the actual heat output of their stoves.

Min. Heat Output
This is the amount of heat the appliance produces on tick over. With automatic ignition and a thermostat, this can be zero as the thermostat will tell the stove to fire up when heat is needed

Automatic Ignition
Early stoves often didn't have an electronic igniter and had to be lit using fire starter gel and a few pellets. Electronic ignition is pretty standard nowadays, but there are still a few without it.

Manual Ignition
This option can be useful if the electronic igniter fails.

Hopper Capacity
Hopper capacity determines the frequency at which re-filling is needed, and the length of time the stove can burn without re-filling

Burn time
The length of time a stove can burn without re-filling. This figure is calculated for the stove on low heat, higher settings will use more fuel and give a shorter burn time

Fuel Type
The type of fuel the unit is designed to use. Burning high ash fuel in a stove designed for premium fuel can lead to clogging in the burn pot and frequent ash removal. See


Alternative Fuels

Multi Fuel Stoves

Glass Air Wash
A flow of air designed to keep flame away from the viewing window. Reduces the frequency the glass needs to be cleaned.

Built in Blower
All stoves on these pages have a built in convection blower except the Wiseway non-electric. Some of the Ecoteck stoves were originally designed without one, and relied on thermal radiation to spread warmth. A convection blower was added to comply with E.P.A. requirements for the American market.

Convection Blower Capacity
The amount of air the convection blower can shift, measured in cubic feet per minute. The more powerful the blower, the better the heat transfer into your home.

Thermostat Compatible
Whether or not the stove can be connected to a wall thermostat. Units without automatic ignition will cycle between high and low settings.

E.P.A. Approved
Approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and qualifying for tax credit. Many pellet stoves are exempt from specific approval because of their air to fuel ratio.

The amount of particulate emissions exhausted through the venting system expressed in grams per hour.

The overall heating efficiency of the stove taking into account the efficiency of the heat exchanger. Actual combustion efficiency is typically around 98%. See Pellet Stove Efficiency

Will it fit? Allowance must also be made for clearances to combustibles both for the stove and the venting layout.

Useful for deciding if the floor will take the weight. Also useful in comparing pellet stove reviews of stoves of the same construction type. Heavier stoves usually have a better heat exchanger. It's important not to compare cast iron stoves with fabricated steel stoves in this way.

Window Size
An indication of how cozy the stove will make a room. Some very efficient units only have a tiny viewing window.

Rear Vent Height
Necessary for planning the installation. It should also be noted when planning installation that the vent is unlikely to be on the stove's centreline.

Battery Backup
Whether or not the stove is capable or running without mains electricity. See Battery Backup

Surge Protector
Most pellet stoves have sensitive micro-electronic controls. In the reviews, a power surge protector is usually recommended.

Exhaust Temperature Sensor Measures the exhaust vent temperature and shuts the stove down if it gets too hot.

Low Draft Shutdown Shuts the stove down in case the combustion blower malfunctions, the vent is blocked or a door is left open.

Construction Type Usually cast iron or fabricated steel. Ecoteck use majolica ceramic panels in a steel frame.

Automatic Shutdown and Re-ignition The capability of the stove to switch off and re-light automatically.

Applying these definitions to the pellet stove reviews below will help you make the best decisions about your requirements.

Pellet Stove Manufacturers

Click on the links below to go to the stove reviews for that manufacturer.

Rika Integra, Premio and Visio

Bixby Maxfire and UBB

Bosca Classic, Soul and Spirit

Breckwell Big E, Classic Cast, P22, P23, P24, P2000, P2700, Solstice and SP6000

Drolet Eco35, Eco45 and Eco65

Ecoteck Elena, Francesca, Gloria, Ilaria, Laura, Monica, Serena, Silvia, Sofia and Veronica

ENGLANDER (Englander, Summersheat and Timberridge)
Englander 10CPM, 25PAH, 25PDV, 25PDVC, 25EP and Super240

Enviro EF2, EF3BI, Empress, Evolution, M55, Maxx, Milan and Omega

Harman Accentra, Advance, P35i P43, P61, P68, PC45, Pelletpro38Plus, XXV

Jamestown J1000, J2000

Kozi 100, Baywin, Previa and Shop Heater

Pelpro Bay Window, Corn Stove, Freestanding, Home Heater and Mini

Quadrafire Castile, Classic Bay, Edge60, Mt Vernon and Santa Fe

St Croix Afton Bay, Ashby, Auburn, Greenfield, Hastings, Lancaster, Lincoln and York

Seraph Genesis106, Genesis108

Thelin Echo, Gnome, Parlour and Tiburon

Travis Industries (Avalon and Lopi)
Avalon Arbor, Astoria, Newport and AGP - Lopi Leyden, Pioneer, Yankee and AGP

Whitfield Cascade, Profile, Country Collection Bella, Winslow, Elite Montage, TraditionsT300P

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