How important is the warranty when I buy one of these?
Warranties typically cover parts and repairs for several years. A well-maintained pellet stove should last longer than the warranty—a decade or more if properly maintained; but it’s a comfort to have some financial coverage in the first few years after investing a decent amount of money in a pellet stove.
How often do I need to clean a pellet stove?
Empty your ash pan and clean the firebox once or twice a week. If your pellet stove has baffles, clean them every few months. And you’ll need to do a deep clean of the venting probably once a year.
Check your manual for the specific instructions, but cleaning can follow a simple rule—if you see ash build up, clean it out once your stove has cooled.
How long does it take for a pellet stove to heat up?
Pellet stoves heat up quickly—it’s one of their best features. They’ll be raising the temperature of your room often inside of 30 minutes.
Pellets or Wood?
Pellets may be more expensive; but they’re convenient. Pellets take up less space and produce less ash than firewood. Wood stoves can be used for cooking (even if it’s just s’mores) and require tending that you’ll either see as a nice part of the ritual or a chore that you’d rather not do.