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What are the benefits and disadvantages of a pellet stove?

Pellet stoves are a relatively new product. This makes it difficult to assess whether they are right for your living room. This overview of the benefits and disadvantages of pellet stoves will help you gain a better insight.

Benefits

The biggest advantage of the pellet stove is its ease of use thanks to the automatic ignition, the power modulation and the fact that these stoves can be programmed. They also very efficient, have a high level of autonomy and are extremely environmentally-friendly thanks to the CO2-neutral fuel.

Disadvantages

Disadvantages include the sound of the ventilator and the auger motor. What's more pellet stoves also require maintenance and represent a major investment.

The benefits and disadvantages of pellet stoves

Pellet stoves are becoming increasingly popular. They use a renewable and CO2-neutral fuel - the pellets - providing a sustainable heating option. But the stoves also offer several other advantages.

Benefits of a pellet stove

  • Ease of use

Pellet stoves are very user-friendly, among other things because of the automatic ignition and the power modulation. Depending on the appliance, you can adjust the temperature with a remote control or a room thermostat. Some models allow you to programme day or week programmes or control the pellet stove with a text message or an app.

  • High efficiency

The efficiency of a pellet stove is 90% or more, making it more efficient than a traditional fireplace.

  • Autonomy

A pellet stove with an in-built hopper can operate autonomously for about 12 hours under full load. With a partial load of 30%, the autonomy of operation even increases to 36 hours.

  • Environmentally-friendly

A pellet stove is CO2-neutral but the integrated computer system also ensures efficient burning. The ash content of the burnt pellets is just 0.5 to 1%.

  • A convenient fuel

Pellets are relatively cheap compared to other fuels and their price has remained stable in recent years. The pellets are supplied in bags which are easy to store and compact. Moreover, the pellets are always ready for use.


Disadvantages of a pellet stove

But there are also disadvantages to pellet stoves:

  • Maintenance

Sometimes people underestimate the maintenance that comes with a pellet stove. The burn pot has to be vacuumed weekly. Every three months you need to clean it out and once a year it needs to be professionally serviced.

  • Noise

The built-in ventilator and auger motor produce a lot of noise when in operation. The sound of the ventilator is more pronounced, especially when starting up the pellet stove. This problem has been solved to some extent in the more recent and more expensive models.

  • Electricity-dependent

The in-built computer system runs on electricity. This is not the case for a fireplace.

  • Flame

The flames produced by a pellet stove are not comparable to those produced by a wood stove. The flame is smaller. Some people even consider it to be nervous or unnatural.

  • Investment

A pellet stove requires a major investment. Prices for pellet stoves start at 2,000 euros but can increase to up to 6,000 euros, depending on the options of your choice.

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