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Pelpro Pellet Stove PP 130 Review

pelpro pellet stove pp130 in room-woodpelletfacts.comWhen shopping for pellet stoves, it can be difficult to find the wood pellet facts. That’s true of all brands, and the PP 130 Pelpro pellet stove is no exception. It’s a great pellet stove from a manufacturer with a good reputation, but nailing down its actual performance numbers is harder than it should be. The numbers you’ll see on sales pages from retailers like Tractor Supply Company and Amazon aren’t written by the companies that make pellet stoves. They’re usually written by clerks that barely understand what a pellet stove does.

Pellet stove performance numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt. The PP130 Pelpro pellet stove is advertised as producing up to 50,000 BTUs per hour, but that number can be misleading. The Pelpro website also says the PP130 produces 46,900 BTUs. Which is correct? Probably both numbers are accurate, but require explanation. When comparing the Pelpro PP130 to similarly sized Vogelzang pellet stoves like the Slimline VG 5770, for instance, it’s safe to use their stated numbers to determine their relative heating power. You’ll have to do a little more digging to determine exactly how much heat you’ll get out of them. The maximum “input” heat might be 50,000 BTUs, but that doesn’t take into account the efficiency of the stove, or the amount of BTUs per pound in your wood pellet fuel.

By any measure, the Pelpro PP130 is an affordable, powerful and economical pellet stove. It’s one of a number of models from various manufacturers that can reliably produce over 40,000 BTUs of heat. Big output doesn’t mean a lot of pellet refills and cleaning chores, however. Keep reading to find out more about the Pelpro Pellet Stove PP130.

Pelpro PP130 Wood Pellet Facts

  • Freestanding automatic wood pellet stove
  • Produces from 11,000 to 50,000 BTU input
  • Produces up to 46,900 BTUs output
  • Can heat from 1,200 to 2,200 square feet
  • EPA certified 81.6 percent efficient
  • Top loading
  • Hopper holds 120 pounds of pellets
  • Flue collar size: 3 inches
  • Burns up to 80 hours on one load
  • Automatic ignition
  • Variable speed blower moves up to 265 CFM
  • One dial controls heat output for 12 settings
  • Rear venting
  • Approved for mobile home use
  • Dimensions: 22-3/4″ x 24-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ high
  • Weighs 239 pounds
  • Optional 200-pound capacity hopper extension available
  • Made in the USA
  • One-year limited warranty

Pelpro Pellet Stove PP130 Features and Benefits

pelpro pellet stoveMany pellet stoves require several adjustments to get the heat output you desire. The Pelpro PP 130 has a single rotary dial that lets you set the output of the stove quickly and accurately. The stove won’t cycle on and off like a traditional furnace. It will automatically regulate the amount of wood pellets being supplied to the burn pot in order to hold your preset temperature. This feature not only increases comfort, it saves fuel by avoiding overheating the rooms it serves.

One of the main complaints of pellet stove users is the amount of noise they produce. Pellets stoves require two fans in order to supply heat to a room. First, a combustion fan needs to draw in fresh air and exhaust fumes through the flue to the outdoors. Secondly, a circulating fan must gather room air and pass it over a heat exchanger to transfer the BTUs and send it out into the space you’re heating with the pellet stove.

The PelPro PP130 has a variable speed circulating fan, and that cuts down on unnecessary noise. When the stove is on low, the fan is very quiet. It’s difficult for a fan to be quiet at high speeds, because the sound of the moving air is enough to produce a rushing noise. With the PP 130, you won’t hear a lot of circulating air noise on the lowest settings.

The PP 130 can be dialed down to as low as 11,000 BTUs per hour, making it just as useful in “shoulder” seasons as it is in the dead of winter. Until recently, pellets stove users had to choose between high output and versatility, but that’s no longer the case with stoves like the PP 130, and other big stoves like the Harman P61 or the Vogelzang VG 5790. They all have automated controls to hold a steady temperature without a lot of fussing.

Here’s a handy video of the Pelpro Pellet Stove PP130 in action:

Pros

  • Handsome, flat black enclosure
  • Small footprint fits in almost anywhere
  • Easy to operate
  • Regular maintenance is easy
  • Hopper holds 120 pounds for long burn times
  • Highly adjustable automatic settings save fuel and increase comfort
  • Fun to watch flames in the large viewing window
  • Optional hopper extension more than doubles run time between refills
  • Fresh air kit uses outside air for combustion
  • Larger CFM fan than some competitors moves heat further into the space
  • Very affordably priced

Cons

  • Optional hopper extension is useful, but too tall for easy loading
  • Warranty isn’t as comprehensive as some competitors

Final Word on the Pelpro PP130

If you need a wood pellet stove that’s easy to operate but still puts out a lot of heat, the Pelpro PP 130 might be right for you. It has some of the simplest and most effective controls of any pellet stove, but it puts out almost as much heat as the largest freestanding pellet stoves on the market. The PP 130 has more settings than most pellet stoves, and that will increase your comfort while saving you money on your pellet fuel. The 81.6 percent EPA efficiency rating on the stove means you’ll save even more.

The cost of fuel is only part of the cost of operating a pellet stove. The Pelpro PP130 saves you money right away on its purchase price. Pelpro pellet stoves are carried by trusted dealers, including Aubuchon, Home Depot Canada, Menards, Tractor Supply Company, and many others. There’s a good bit of competition for your pellet stove dollar between these discount retailers, and that means you can sometimes find the PP130 for less than $1,000. That’s an amazingly low price for such a big and efficient stove, and why we rate the Pelpro Pellet Stove PP130 as a best buy.

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29 Comments

  • Have had problems from the start , vibrations , broken glass , noisy convection motor , which I have to replace , cleaning ash is dusty mess in house, on furniture

  • Hello Leonard- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for offering our readers the benefit of your experience with the Pelpro PP 130.

    Were the defects like the convection blower and the broken glass covered by your warranty? If so, what is your opinion of customer service from Pelpro?

  • Trying to decide on whether or not to purchase this stove. Concerned about reliability. Have heard many horror stories about customer service. Willing to spend a little more for a better stove that isto say, more reliable in the Long Haul. Not looking for a stove that has to be replaced every four or five years. Is this one of those stones that will last?

  • Hello Marc- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    Reviews of the Pelpro PP130 from several different outlets are about 90 percent positive. However, it appears that when a consumer has a problem with theirs, it’s hard for them to diagnose and fix.

    Large stoves like this one at around the $1,000 price point shouldn’t really be expected to be as reliable as stoves like the Harman that cost three or four times as much. If I were purchasing a PP130, I’d anticipate at least having to replace a blower, temp sensor, or other electronic part within four or five years of purchase.

  • Glass was covered , still waiting on convection blower from another source, would not purchase another pelpro regardless of cost , these are cheaply constructed pieces of junk

  • Hi Leonard- Thanks for sharing your experience with the PelPro pellet stove with our readers.

    A convection blower can cost quite a bit. Many pellet stove users like yourself have discovered that parts purchased directly from the manufacturer are quite expensive. If you poke around on the internet, however, and know the part number, you can usually find it for a lot less.

  • I have run 3 tons of pellets through this stove with only one problem which was the convection fan. While it still functioned it became loud and I was afraid it would fail so I replaced it.($70) Could have done it under warranty but did not want to wait as it was at the time my main source of heat. For the price as long as you are willing to put in some maintenance on a daily basis it is a very good stove.I live in an old farmhouse (minimal insulation) so i needed more heat and bought a second stove and moved this one to the basement to offset the convection from the first floor drawing in cold air from the basement . Worked like a charm as the pelpro in the cellar is working like a charm . When it hits single digits I crank it up and when using it alone I ran the stove hard and it performed perfectly, just was not enough to heat my old home. I bought a Harman P68 brand new and cost me a ton but this is the first year between the 2 stoves our house is warm consistent. Without the Pelpro in the cellar the Harman could not keep up so the Pelpro has been working perfectly . It is not for someone who is either Lazy or someone who for physical reasons cant perform daily maintenance, but if you are short on cash and willing to clean it daily (15 minutes max) and once a month spend an hour for a more thorough cleaning it will serve you well at least mine has. Cranks out some heat and I do believe it does do the 55k BTU if you maintain it. Very simple to work on took me 6 minutes to replace the convection motor.
    My 2 cents

  • Hello Daniel- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for sharing the benefits of your experience with the Pelpro PP 130 pellet stove.

    Your approach of having pellet stoves in two location in your home, instead of placing one, much larger unit in one place sounds very smart and useful. By placing them on two levels, and far apart from one other, you spread the heat around better without the need for a lot of fans.

    You’ve also pointed out that pellet stoves need daily maintenance. A stove like the PP130 is easy to clean, but you have to keep after it. In your case, it must be much less disruptive to turn off one stove for maintenance because the other stove is still providing you with heat. Also, if one stove is out of service while it needs a repair, you’re not entirely without pellet heat.

  • Buy a Harman and forget the rest. I did the routine of buying a Whitfield and Lopi and was constantly cleaning them everyday. Yes they work and function but the maintenance involved is too much. I work with someone that said but the harman and I ignored him. Guess what He was absolutely correct. I clean it maybe once a month and never have to worry about what type of pellet to burn it takes all brands without issue.

  • Hi Lorenzo- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for offering our readers the benefit of your experience with several brands of pellet stove.

    Your recommendation of a Harman stove is shared by many of our readers. Harman stoves cost more, but they reward their users with better performance and longevity. In general, we’ve found that many inexpensive pellets stoves work well, and can produce a lot of heat, but they also require constant cleaning and maintenance or their performance suffers.

  • We bought the PP130 last year (Jan. 2017) and could not be happier. It is rare that I buy something and have absolutely no regrets. We had been using propane, but have saved enough in the first year for the stove to have pretty much paid for itself in half a season.

    Contrary to some of the things I read about some stoves, this one seems to work well with any pellet (we have tried about 4 or 5 different manufacturers so far) and heats about 3000 sq. ft. of our house with the unit turned up less than half way. Admittedly, the house is very well insulated and we do not bother heating the basement area (another 900sq. ft.), but we could. We keep it about 70 degrees and it is perfectly comfortable for us. We do use a box fan to help move the heat around though. I only clean it about every week. Just takes a few minutes and is easy to do.

    We just bought 5 tons of pellets for less than $800 (very cheap $155/ton) and this might just be enough for the entire season depending on how cold it gets. Very cheap heat…hope it stays that way.

    I have no connection with the company at all, but their product seems very well built and we are very happy to have bought this one.

    Greg Green Michigan

  • Hello Greg- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for offering the benefit of your experience with the Pelpro PP130.

    Wood pellets are a lot cheaper than propane here in New England, even when you pay the average going price, about $250/ton delivered. Your bulk purchase of $155 per ton is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for any brand of pellet, and that makes burning wood pellets over propane that much more economical for you. Pellet stove users are well advised to take advantage of early season specials on bulk purchases as you did. It saves a lot of money, and avoids having to accept delivery of your pellets in bad winter weather.

    Thanks again for reading and commenting.

  • Hello Eric- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

    The PP 130 doesn’t specify if it has an air wash system. In our experience all compact pellet stoves, whether they have air wash in place or not, soot up the glass pretty quickly. Older style “bay” front pellet stoves have more distance between the burn pot and the glass, which makes the air wash effective. The Pelpro has a shallow combustion chamber, so the burn pot smokes up the glass. Similarly sized pellet stoves like the Vogelzangs and US Stove models soot up pretty quickly for the same reason.

    We’ve found that increasing the air to the combustion chamber slows down the glass sooting up. Using 100% softwood pellets can also help, but they’re more expensive.

  • I just purchased a pelpro130. Sad to say it started out good but now it doesn,t do anything. can’t get it to burn at all now. Cleaned and was working a little bit burnt one pot of pellets. then amber flashing and now it doesn’t even start. Put it in off and that’s when it would fill and burn and now doesn’ t even do that. I am almost ready to send it back. Only have had it for 1 week.

  • Hello Deborah- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

    That sounds like a serious problem that needs immediate attention. I would contact the manufacturer or the outlet where you purchased the Pelpro PP 130 and have them handle it while it’s still in the warranty period.

  • Reading the responses makes me hesitate buying one of these stoves. If you are this rude to people and unhelpful to your customers why would I want to become one?

  • Hello Theresa- Thanks for visiting Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    You’ve highlighted a real problem in the wood pellet stove industry. For the most part, customer service isn’t very good. Part of the problem is that there are multiple vendors involved. For instance, you might buy a Pelpro from Aubuchon Hardware, or Menards, or Tractor Supply. However, if there’s a problem, you’re directed to call the manufacturer for help. Of course this encourages the pellet stove company to look at the big retailers that sell the stove as their real customers, and to treat end users as an annoyance.

    In our experience, customer service for all pellets stove brands can be good one day and bad the next. You might get someone who’s polite and helpful, but doesn’t have very much technical knowledge. Other times, you might get an engineer who understand perfectly how the pellet stoves work, but aren’t trained to handle customer service calls politely and effectively.

    One of the reasons we started Wood Pellet Facts was to allow pellets stove users to compare notes about different brands and models. We’re by and for pellet stove users.

  • I purchased this stove 1 year ago this weekend. By the time it arrived and installed it was late Dec 2016.
    I have tried several different pellets trying to find one that didn’t soot up the glass or the fire area. This stove requires daily cleaning and with the soot build up cleaning the fire area about every week and a half.
    Then Thanksgiving 2017 spent time cleaning the entire stove as I was going to switch to a blend pellet. Finally started the stove around 3 pm and while my wife and I were watching football around 8:30 she looks over and notices there was no flame. I walked over to the stove bent down to look at the fire pot and as I was standing straight up BOOM the door literally exploded. There was never any error codes, it ran fine from 3pm. We had hot amber flying by the window where the exhaust vent is outside. I was holding the door shut as the fire pot was full of pellets and then decided to burn. We figured a way to hold the door shut and let it burn itself out.
    As I write this review the control on the side of the stove is still flashing green and if I turn it up so it loads pellets it would burn as it show zero errors.
    Needless to say I will be contacting the customer service people on Monday since they were closed on Friday for the Holiday. We no longer trust this stove and I have purchased a new one.

  • Hello Gary- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for sharing your story with our readers.

    I’m very glad to hear that you and your family weren’t injured due to the malfunction of your pellet stove. You’re smart to contact the manufacturer about your accident. I would be very wary of that stove going forward. Imagine if that happened when you weren’t home to look after it.

    Wood pellets don’t really have that much stored energy in them, so the smoke they produce isn’t as explosive as liquid fuels like propane or heating oil. However, all wood burning appliances produce creosote over time, and creosote burns incredibly hot, very quickly, and with great force. One of the most effective safety precautions that pellet stoves have that other wood-burning appliances lack is a double-walled airtight exhaust pipe. If you saw burning embers coming out of your exhaust, you had a very hot fire inside your stove and/or exhaust stack. If that had been the old single-wall, black iron stack piping that’s common with wood stoves, your house could have very well caught on fire.

    I hope that the Pelpro customer service helps you out. Thanks again for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

  • We have had pp130 for 4 years and within the first year blower motor noisy call manuftr and replaced for free and also didn’t think control didn’t work correct either so the rep also thru one of them in also, so have been very happy with stove also made some shields for the sides of stove with room for copper coils that heat from side of vents that go to my radiant floor heat that also has a small electric water heater but doesn’t run very often when stove is on full fire very pleased with stove for price.

  • Hello Michael- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for offering our readers the benefit of your experience with the Pelpro PP 130.

    It sounds like you received good customer service from Pelpro. Most pellet stove owners don’t seem to mind the need to look after their stoves, including replacing parts as necessary. They do mind if they receive poor support from the manufacturer.

    Those are interesting modifications you’ve added. It sounds like you’re able to improve on the efficiency of the stove, and increase comfort in the room its in.

  • I’ve had a pelpro 130 installed for 2 weeks and run maybe 20 bags of pellets through it. It has already failed. Talked to pelpro and they said its the control panel. Said its very common. Talking to friends about it they bought same stove same time and first the ignighter went out then their control panel. Less than a ton of pellets through that one. Pelpro knows its an issue and keeps selling them. Menards is looking into this currently Dec 9th 2017

  • Hello Todd- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for telling our readers about your experience with your Pelpro pellet stove.

    Control panels are circuit boards, and circuit boards are easily broken by rough handling, static electricity, and surges from brownouts. Pellet stoves are heavy and get shipped long distances, so they often get knocked around a lot.

    It can be quite infuriating to troubleshoot a stove that has a broken circuit board, because you start replacing good parts, one after another, that aren’t working because the control panel isn’t sending them the right signals at the right time.

    If your replacement circuit board solves your problem, I suspect the stove will operate normally for a long time without any further problems. Good luck with your repair, I hope it works for you.

  • Todd call pelpro and tell them about the issues having say to the rep this is bullsh*t and you want replacement parts to make the stove work correct and if the rep can’t help you tell the to put on someone that can and will resolve problem parts are warrenrteed so there should be no charge that is what I had to do. let me know

  • Hello Michael- You’ve highlighted a familiar experience with customer service at pellet stove manufacturers. The quality of the help you receive is directly related to the particular person you talk to. Sometimes you get a very organized, well-informed representative, and your problem gets solved quickly. Other times, you get less helpful service from customer support persons who really aren’t that up to speed on the products. Your advice to Todd to keep asking questions until he gets a satisfactory answer is wise. It does sound like Pelpro is helping Todd properly, so it’s likely his problem will be solved and his stove will work as it should.

    Thanks again for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

  • Stove worked for one month fine , then it went into cool down mode , and it won’t do anything , they were supposed to send out a new dial control Monday , I called to ask when It would be here , I was anxious because it’s 15 degrees, well they don’t have any. , so I guess I’ll just stare at the unit while I shiver ,

  • Hello Jason-Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

    One of the common problems we’ve encountered is a disconnect between the manufacturing plants and the customer service facilities. In the past, when appliances were made locally, the customer service was in the same building. They could get any part out of inventory and mail it to you immediately. With most appliances being manufactured overseas, it’s common to find that the parts department you’re talking to doesn’t have many parts available to them. They have to order them and wait for them the same as a customer would. That leads to shortages in parts, and long waiting times. That’s a shame, because a part like you’re waiting for could be placed in an overnight envelope inexpensively.

    Almost all pellet stove manufacturers sidestep their obligations by specifying that pellet stoves aren’t supposed to be your primary source of heat in their warranty. Of course, for many consumers, a broken pellet stove means no heat, or alternate heat that’s not as safe or affordable. We believe that pellet stove manufacturers should do a better job at supplying their customers with helpful support and fast access to any part on any stove.

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