As climate change continues to drop the temperatures during the winter months, and the cost to heat your home continues to rise, it is important to find alternative solutions for a heat source. While many individuals choose gas fireplaces, electric space heaters, or other secondary heat sources, the pellet stove is often overlooked. However, this highly viable heat source is inexpensive to operate and provides maximum output in heat for your home.

Pellet Stove Functions

A pellet stove is a fuel-burning appliance that has the ability to effectively burn pellets for heat, instead of coal, gas or oil. It generally operates on electricity, and has a built-in thermostat, a venting system and some type of exhaust blower.

The pellet used in a pellet stove is formulated from 100% recycled sawdust, bark, agricultural crop waste, recyclable paper, wood chips or a variety of other organic materials. Each pellet is roughly the size of a kernel of corn, however there are a large variety of types of pellets and pellet stoves.

Burnable Pellets

Obviously, a wood pellet stove burns wood pellets, and corn pellet stoves burn corn pellet. Whatever type you choose, they have been proven to be extremely efficient at producing heat for your home. They require low maintenance, and are extremely convenient to use.


With a high combustible rate, and a higher rating for efficiency and heating, a pellet stove quickly outranks fireplaces or woodstoves. Based on the size and heating capacity, pellet stoves are manufactured that generate between 8000 to 90,000 BTUs each hour. There is a pellet stove size available for any type of home including condominiums, houses and apartments.

Environmentally Friendly

Traditionally, pellet stoves produce only a minimal amount of polluted air, and have been certified as one of the cleanest fuel burning heating appliances for residential use. Many pellet stoves are crafted with a homey rustic design, or even sleek modern styles. Overall, a pellet stove provides the most dependable heat source by essentially running itself once it has been installed. Its built-in sensors allow it to maintain a consistent temperature on its own. Some pellet stoves are designed to ignite the pellets automatically and others operate with an optional remote control.