If you search for a pellet stove review, there’s a good chance that you’ll come across products made by United States Stove. They’ve been a popular option for anyone shopping for heaters since 1926. Even before they were officially known as US Stove, the company made stoves of every kind since 1869. In their current catalogue, they have a wide variety of multi-fuel stoves, gas heaters, furnaces, and pellet stoves.
The 5500M is the flagship model of their pellet stove line. The 5500M is a large stove, and it can comfortably heat a 2,200 square-foot home. Normally, a pellet stove capable of heating an entire house would be very large and heavy, but the 5500M is lighter than the typical large stove. A furnace with equivalent heating capabilities can be difficult to install and maintain due to its weight and size. When you’re shopping for a pellet stove, it’s always important to consider where the stove will end up in your home. A pellet furnace that weighs 400 pounds will generate many more BTUs than a smaller model, but it will be very hard to move into the right spot. Since the 5500M only weighs 287 pounds, it’s a great alternative to large pellet furnaces that produce the same amount of heat.
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.
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.
The Enviro Mini is a neat little pellet stove. It might not be big enough to heat your whole house, but its compact size and quiet operation make it fit in almost anywhere you need a shot of coziness. Enviro is a trade name for Sherwood Industries, located in Saanichten on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Enviro has a big product line of wood stoves, wood pellet stoves, natural gas stoves, and fireplace inserts.
Sherwood started making stoves in 1989. Their first offering was the Seefire wood stove. It had a large viewing window, which was something of a novelty at the time. Since then, they’ve expanded their production facilities and the sophistication of their products. The Enviro Mini is a great example of the evolution in biomass heaters in the last few decades. The Mini has a compact, European design that appeals to today’s modern consumer. It also has very sophisticated engineering that makes it efficient and easy to operate.
Most people search for Harman P61 when they look for pellet stove reviews, but the latest model Harman pellet stove of this size is actually called a Harman P61A. Because a lot of Harman P-61 pellet stoves were sold and are still in use, any review of the newest model will include information about the stoves still in service and going strong. Unless you’re purchasing a unit that’s been on a dealer’s shelf for a very long time, you’re buying a P61A. We’ll refer to the stove as a Harman P61 throughout this review, because the units are basically the same.
Vogelzang pellet stoves are only available in a few sizes. Vogelzang is affiliated with United States Stove, so they tend not to compete for the same buyer by offering identically sized wood pellet stoves with different labels. The Vogelzang VG5770 is a smaller version of the Vogelzang VG5790. The VG 5790 is one of the most powerful freestanding wood pellet stoves you can buy. The Vogelzang Slimline isn’t designed to heat a whole house, but it still puts out a lot of heat. If you’re looking for a pellet stove that’s priced less than $1,000, but still can heat more than 2,000 square feet of floor space, the Slimline might be right for you.
The VG 5790 Vogelzang pellet stove straddles the line between a pellet wood stove and a wood pellet furnace. A pellet stove pellet is exactly the same as a pellet for a pellet furnace, but the heating appliances serve different needs. For most homeowners, a wood pellet stove is a secondary heating appliance that helps them save money on their conventional heating bill. It’s very common for a pellet stove or wood pellet insert to be used sparingly while the house relies mostly on the thermostat and the oil or gas burner to do the bulk of the house’s heating.