Compare Pellet and Wood Stoves
Updated January 2014
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Best Pellet Stove
Pros: large (76-pound) hopper, exhaust sensor regulates temperature, fairly quiet, heats up to 3,900 square feet
Cons: problematic igniter, augers may wear out quickly
68,000 Btu / 1,500 to 3,900 sq. ft.
Firebox and heat exchanger: limited lifetime on parts, 3 years for coverage; other parts and labor coverages vary.
Best Wood Stove
Pros: heavy plate steel, reliable, proven design, durable, ePA-certified, alcove and mobile home approved
Cons: air tube roll pins fall out easily
Optional push-button start
72,400 Btu, 1,200 to 2,000 sq. ft.
30-5/8 (sculptured or cast legs) to 34-5/8 (pedestal)
7-year limited lifetime warranty
Best Multi-Fuel Stove
Pros: burns many different fuels, 80-pound hopper, programmable thermostat, auto-clean feature
Cons: some say it's inefficient, reliability issues
1,300 to 2,900 sq. ft.
Wood pellets, corn, wheat, sunflower seeds
Lifetime on firebox and heat exchanger; 1 year parts and labor on most other parts, longer coverage for some pieces.
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