Pellet and Wood Stoves: Ratings of Sources
The editors of Alliance for Green Heat share four picks for reliable pellet stoves, based on service records from Scott Williamson, an independent pellet stove tech who also owns PelletStoveService.com. On separate pages, they also provide background on the Wood Stove Decathlon -- a competition to design the best wood stoves -- and general stove recommendations.
Contributors to WiseHeat.com, which focuses on alternative home heating systems, give their opinions on wood stoves. There's a separate page for pellet stoves, and the site collects reviews for multi-fuel stoves (usually filed under the corn-burning category) and oil-burning stoves too. Standout models are rated 4 stars out of 5 or better after at least 10 user reviews.
Each year this industry association gives awards for the best hearth-related products, including the best fireplace, wood stove and pellet stove. There's no discussion of how or why the winners are chosen, but this is still a good source for calling out top models in each category. It's worth considering the 2014 winners, too.
Shoppers at eFireplaceStore.com rate and review the wood stoves they buy. This is one of the richest sources of stove reviews available online, with some models receiving dozens of user comments. Standouts average a score of at least 4.5 stars out of 5 after feedback from 25 or more owners. The US Stove 2000 almost makes the cut, earning 4.5 stars out of 5 after about a dozen user reviews.
Amazon.com is almost always a rich source of user reviews, and it does sell quite a few wood and pellet stoves. However, only a few models of wood stoves collect a significant quantity of owner feedback. In this case, standout models get at least 4.5 stars out of 5 after at least three posts from trustworthy reviewers. Pellet stoves are listed separately and none are particularly noteworthy.
HomeDepot.com sells several brands of wood and pellet stoves, including Englander, US Stove and Pleasant Hearth. Wood stoves are more popular than pellet stoves here; our top picks average a rating of 4 stars out of 5 or better after at least 19 user reviews.
Lowes.com sells a few brands of wood and pellet stoves, including Summers Heat, US Stove and Pleasant Hearth. Most models collect at least a few comments from owners, but only two -- one wood stove and one pellet stove, both from US Stove Company -- get 4 stars out of 5 or better after at least 10 user reviews.