Pelpro Pellet Stove PP 130 Review
When 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
Many 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 need to 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 automate controls to hold a steady temperature without a lot of fussing.
Here’s a handy video of the Pelpro Pellet Stove PP130 in action:
- 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
- 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.