Some Good Wood Pellet Stoves for You to Consider
There are a lot of manufacturers and marketers of wood pellet stoves. Based on information from wood pellet stove reviews, including Consumer Reports, here are some wood pellet stoves that have been identified as good, reliable models.
The Harmon P68 pellet stove, shown at the left, won the Hearth and Home magazine Vesta Award for the 'Pellet Stoves and Inserts' category in 2004, and receives generally very good reviews. It has a high heating capability at 68,000 Btu/hr and has a standard hopper capacity of 76 lb of pellets, which gives a burn time of 76 hours. An optional hopper extension brings its capacity up to 136 lb. It has the features listed as necessary above, including a six year warranty for defects in materials or workmanship and three years for failure of electrical or mechanical parts. It has a bottom auger and can burn pellets of any quality. The cost for the P68 is about $2800. Harman has other models with lower heating capacity at a lower price.
The Quadra-fire Mt Vernon Wood Pellet Insert, shown at the right, won the Vesta Award for the 'Pellet Stoves and Inserts' category in 2006. At about $4000, this is another high-end product. It features a wall mounted thermostat control and the capability to burn a variety of pellet fuels. It has a heating capacity of about 60,000 Btu/hr. Quadra-fire has other models of wood pellet stoves and inserts with lower heating capacity and lower cost.
A couple of lower heating capacity, less expensive stoves are the Breckwell Classic Cast P4000 (shown at the left), and the England Stove Works #55-SHP22 Pellet Stove (shown on page 1 of this article). These two are in the $1500 to $2200 range and will heat about 1500 square feet.