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Drolet Eco 45 Pellet Stove Review

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The Drolet Eco 45 pellet stove in metallic black finish.

The Drolet Eco 45 pellet stove is a popular choice for a moderately powerful freestanding unit. This particular model has a long track record. Drolet has been making the Eco-45 for almost a decade, so it’s easy to find feedback  about how the stove performs.

The Eco-45 has the boxy, utilitarian look of early pellet stoves, although it is free of the usual bright brass trim. The unit has a big viewing window, a big ash drawer, a big warm air outlet, and a big hopper.

Like many pellet and wood stove manufacturers, Drolet is a Canadian company. They make a line of pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplace inserts, and wood furnaces. Some of their furnaces have enormous capacities. The Drolet HeatPro wood furnace produces 180,000 BTUs,  with an efficiency rating of nearly 80 percent. Their largest pellet stove, the Drolet Eco-65, produces 65,000 BTUs at just under 80 percent efficiency. If you need a lot of heat, a Drolet product can provide it.

The Drolet Eco 45 makes 45,000 BTUs of heat. That’s enough to heat up to 2,000 square feet of floor area. The layout of your house and your heating load can have a big effect on that, however.

The Drolet Eco 45 Wood Pellet Facts

  • Automatic freestanding wood pellet stove
  • Bottom feed
  • EPA certified 78 percent efficiency
  • Produces 1.2 grams/hour of particulates
  • Maximum 45,000 BTUs per hour
  • Minimum heat setting of 8,200 BTUs
  • Hopper hold 60 pounds of pellets
  • Runs 45 hours on lowest setting
  • Electronic ignition
  • Requires 3-inch or 4-inch exhaust flue
  • Has built-in thermostat
  • Can be run on manual mode
  • Combustion air can be changed automatically or manually
  • Convection blower produces 210 CFM
  • Hopper extension available increases capacity to 140 pounds
  • Six comfort settings
  • Burns between 1.3 and 5.5 pounds of premium pellets per hour
  • 25-1/2″ x 28″ x 33″ high
  • Weighs 258 pounds

Drolet Eco 45 Features and Benefits

The Drolet Eco 45 puts out about the same amount of heat as a Vogelzang Slimline pellet stove, but it costs substantially more than a Vogelzang 5790 that produces up to 65,000 BTUs. There are a lot of good reasons to pay the extra money.

The Eco-45 is built much more robustly than less expensive competitors. The Drolet comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the welds in the combustion chamber and the heat exchanger, the auger and all the cast parts. The electrical parts are warranted for two years for parts and one for labor. That’s an important detail, because they are the likeliest parts to fail shortly after a pellet stove is delivered and set up.

Six heat settings are a real plus. The Drolet Eco-45 pellet stove is big enough to overheat a smaller room during shoulder seasons. The low settings makes it a better choice for people in mobile homes and other small homes. The lowest setting, around 8,200 BTUs, is one of the lowest on the market. The stove will run continuously on low for almost two full days when the hopper’s full.

The Eco-45 has a big, easy to empty ash pan that shortens cleaning time. The heat exchanger is made from stainless steel, another big plus. Unlike any pellet stove we’ve reviewed, the Drolet has an air filter for the convection blower, which cuts down on dust in the air.

Pros

  • Well-constructed from premium materials
  • Long run time on a full load
  • Large air washed viewing glass is fun to watch
  • Six settings make it easy to dial in the comfort level you desire
  • Efficient combustion saves on fuel
  • Somewhat industrial looking, but not ugly
  • The combustion chamber door can be opened while the stove is in operation
  • Included convection air filtration keeps room air cleaner
  • Longer warranty than some competitors
  • Available hopper extension more than doubles fuel capacity

Cons

  • Some people find the fan noise too loud to watch television in the same room
  • Costs substantially more than many comparably-sized competitors
  • Customer service is friendly, but not always helpful
  • Hopper doesn’t hold an even number of bags of pellets

Final Word on the Drolet Eco-45 Pellet Stove Review

If you’re tired of shelling out big money for oil, propane, or electric heat, the Drolet Eco-45 is an efficient and affordable way to have an alternate heating source. It’s nicely designed and well-built, and it has a long track record.

Reviews of the Drolet Eco 45 are overwhelmingly positive. The unit is easy to operate and clean, and the controls are easy to understand. It uses outside combustion air, so it’s safe for use in mobile homes. The unit is fairly small, and has small clearance requirements, making it easy to locate in your home.

The filtration on the convection air is an unusual and useful detail. Pellet stoves produce very dry air, and they blow dust around the room. That can be a challenging combination for allergy sufferers. Filtering the air from the blower should help, although some humidification might be in order as well.

If you’re looking for a well-built pellet stove that is big enough to heat a large area but doesn’t take up a lot of room, the Drolet Eco-45 is a great choice.

Do you own a Drolet Eco-45 pellet stove? Tell us about it in the comments!

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4 Comments

  • it’s ridiculous to go on an on about how great pellet stoves are (at least the drolet) for allergy sufferers; when your care instructions involve opening the door EVERY DAY to empty the burn pot (ash flies out, not to mention shutting the stove OFF) and cleaning it EVERY WEEK. You know what a mess the stuff is!! NOT GOOD AT ALL for allergy sufferers who have to CLEAN IT!

  • Hi Lori- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.
    During combustion, a pellet stove fire is essentially burning outdoors. The combustion chamber is sealed, and has a slight vacuum. If you have an outside air kit, your pellet stove draws in outside air, uses it to burn the pellets, and then exhausts it to the outdoors. That’s miles better than our experience with a firewood furnace.

    However, as you’ve stated, sooner or later you have to turn it off and clean it out. If you’re sensitive to dust, that can be a real problem. Many users have good luck using a HEPA vac to clean their stoves. Regular shop vacs blow too much fine dust back into the room for sensitive noses.

  • Does anyone have any advice on moving the Drolet Eco 45.
    It is heavy. Are there any easily removable parts?

    Thanks

  • Hi Cheryl- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    While the Drolet Eco 45 isn’t exactly light, it’s not terribly heavy as appliances go. Many refrigerators weigh as much as pellet stoves, for instance. Taking off the door and removing the ash pan saves a little weight, but most of the stove is welded steel and can’t be disassembled.

    If you’re unable to safely move the unit around with brute force, consider renting a dolly or motorized dolly to do the work. If you look at your local rental house, you’ll see equipment called escaleras, motorized dollies, and roll-a-lifts. If your Drolet Eco 45 is on a platform, make a ramp to the floor and “walk” it down instead of trying to lift it and place it on the floor. It’s not that hard to muscle a 250 pound appliance across a flat floor, but placing plywood down first will save your finish. If stairs are involved, it’s a lot harder.

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