pellet stove pros and cons

pellet stove


  • Pellet stoves are convenient. You can start the fire simply by pushing a button or adjusting a thermostat.

  • Pellet stoves are clean burning and therefore better for air quality. Also, some pellets are made from waste materials created from the manufacture of wood products such as furniture and lumber – materials that would otherwise be useless.

  • Pellet stoves burn more efficiently and create less ash than wood, making clean up less of a hassle.

  • Pellets require less storage space and are easier to handle.

  • Pellets are typically packaged in 40-pound bags which can be easily stacked and transported.

  • Pellet stove heat is easily regulated by using a thermostat or changing the heat output directly on the stove itself.



  • Pellet stoves are mechanical and therefore more prone to failure than a wood or gas stove, particularly if they are not properly maintained.

  • Pellet stoves require electricity to run the various fans and motors. This adds to the cost and if you lose your power you lose your heat.

  • Pellet stoves make a noise – a constant, dull, mechanical rumble.

  • Pellet stove fires are not as pleasing to look at as those of a wood stove or even a gas stove. The fire is small, intense, and concentrated in the burn pot.

  • Pellet stoves need ongoing maintenance to keep them performing well. As well as having the stove cleaned by a professional yearly, you need to weekly and monthly maintenance on your own.

  • Pellets cost more than wood and can be in short supply from time to time.