Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Electrical, HVAC & Energy Efficiency > Pellet Stove

Pellet Stove Cost


How Much Does a Pellet Stove Cost?

 
low costWindow-Mount Pellet Stove: $1,400-$2,300average costPellet Stove Insert: $1,500-$3,000high costFreestanding Pellet Stove: $1,100-$4,000
post E-mail post Post  

Pellet stoves can heat homes, apartments and condominiums at an efficiency rate of 75%-85%. The fuel is composed of reprocessed wood and plant materials that are slowly released through a hopper system. Some units offer multi-fuel alternatives that also burn nutshells, corn kernels or small wood chips.

Typical costs:

  • Freestanding pellet stoves cost about $1,100-$4,000, depending on efficiency levels[1] , style details, size and style of hopper (holding 35-130 pounds of fuel), and type of ignition. Pellets are fed into the hopper every one to three days, from either the top or bottom of the unit. Top-fed systems are more likely to be clogged with ash, so a higher grade of fuel is recommended. Bottom-fed units may use a less expensive fuel, but they may be less efficient. Do-It-Yourselfers may install metal venting pipe straight up through the roof or horizontally through the wall, according to manufacturers' directions and local ordinances. The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association suggests hiring a certified professional to install, obtain building permits and ensure all safety requirements are met. Installation costs about $250-$600 in labor, depending on location and specific site requirements, while materials cost about $200-$300 for a short horizontal vent run through a wall or $600-$800 and up for a roof vent, depending on the area, type and length of vent.
  • Pellet stove inserts cost $1,500-$3,000, depending on size and style details. The units slip into existing fireplace openings and utilize the chimney system for the venting pipe, so no additional openings need to be cut. For example the Harman P35I[2] inserts typically cost about $3,000 and includes a 180-degree bay viewing window and a burn time of up to 65 hours. All pellet stoves require electricity and may be either plugged in or hard-wired by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Window-mount units cost $1,300-$2,250 and installation is similar to window air conditioning units. For example, United States Stove Company Window Model 2400 Pellet heater[3] costs about $1,500-$2,250 and plugs into a regular household outlet. The exhaust is expelled through the back of the unit, so no venting is required, making it a possible Do-It-Yourself project. Due to emission levels, this type of ventless unit is not approved for use in all states.
Related articles: Wood Stove, Wood-Burning Fireplace, Chimney Sweep, Carbon Monoxide Detector

What should be included:
  • Aside from the actual hopper-fed heating unit, additional services and features vary by model. Some may include a battery backup, installation or free delivery.
Additional costs:
  • To install a stove unit, a DIYer will need to purchase the venting materials at about $200-$800, depending on vent length and direction, along with roof sealants at $6-$10 per tube.
  • Pellets[4] cost about $3- $8 per 40-pound bag or $120-$275 per ton, depending on choice of premium or standard grade and location where purchased. One ton of pellets is equivalent to about 1.5 cords of firewood. The Pellet Fuels Institute[5] educates consumers about the different types of wood pellet fuel.
  • Pellet stoves must rest on a non-combustible hearth pad, which can cost$40 -$300 or more, depending on material and design. Decorative stove touches include $100 or more for brass trim kits, depending on size of unit and amount of trim, and $70-$170 for a set of false logs. Ignition systems vary by units and may use a starter gel at $6-$10 that is lighted with a match, a self-starting button, a thermostat or a remote control at $160-$190.
  • Pellet stoves burn cleanly and create little or none of the flammable residue creosote that often coats the insides of fireplaces and chimney flues. However, regular cleaning is necessary as about a cup of ash is generated per 40-pound bag. Daily or weekly cleaning with a metal ash vacuum at $120-$240 is recommended. A vent brush[6] costs about $15-$70, and annual checks by a certified chimney sweep are recommended.
  • A back-up power supply[7] costs about $150-$500, depending on size and style, and runs the fans and hopper when the electricity goes out.
  • Cost for a carbon monoxide detector is about $10-$50 and is required in most areas.
Discounts:
  • Pellet stoves may be exempt from sales tax in several states.
  • Biofuel tax credits of around $10 per ton of pellets may be available. Ask the distributor.
  • Online coupons[8] may be available at industry websites.
Shopping for a pellet stove:
  • Check on types of available pellets[9] and compare the cost of heating fuels[10] in the area prior to stove purchase.
  • To find an installer[11] the National Fireplace Institute list certified members by zip code.
  • Pellet stoves and local dealers are listed at several websites including Harman Stoves[12] , and US Stove[13] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Pellet Stove
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Pellet Stove: Brand: 
Installer:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver
  2.  www.harmanstoves.com/en/Products/P35I-Pellet-Insert.aspx
  3.  www.usstove.com/index.php?route=product/product&keyword=window+Model+2400+pellet+heater...
  4.  www.woodpelletmill.com
  5.  pelletheat.org/
  6.  www.pelletking.com/Breckwell-Wood-Pellet-Stove-accessories.aspx
  7.  alternative-heating-info.com/stove_backup_power.html
  8.  www.harmanstoves.com/en/Landing-Pages/PPC-Landing-Page-Coupon.aspx
  9.  www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/where-to-get-wood-pellets.html
  10.  extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/energy/energy-use
  11.  nficertified.org/pages_consumers/consumers-4.html
  12.  www.harmanstoves.com/Shopping-Tools.aspx
  13.  www.usstove.com/
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Heating Oil Cost? How Much Does Painting a House Cost? How Much Does a Fence Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Annual termite renewal
Paid: 313.93
A local company treated our 1948 era house for termites many years ago and we had an annual contract with them that transferred to Terminix when they bought the local company... [more]
-monicafaye
Termite Control Cost
OB Ultrasound Indiana University Health
Paid: 3699.00
I tested low on my biochemicals when I had a quad screen, which I think was taken a little too early anyway... [more]
-One Angry Momma
Ultrasound Cost
1st fill
Paid: 1.90
Just did a 400 gal fill at $1.899 which I didn't think was too bad considering some of the other prices I've heard about. This is my first house that has used propane and I am real nervous about costs... [more]
-Bluespicker
Propane Cost
Replace system with TRane XR13 coil and condensor
Paid: 6330.00
Replaced 15 year old 4ton system and gas/airflow condensor, whole system less duct work, new pans... [more]
-
Central Air Conditioner Cost
Filling
Paid: 75.00
Had to have 3 pin hole cavities filled. Two on top and one on the bottom.Total cost was $325, but after paying my deductible of $75, my dental insurance (BCBS of Texas Blue Care Dental) took care of the remaining balance of $250... [more]
-Morgan Davies
Cavity Filling Cost
Declawing
Paid: 160.00
All of our cats have been altered with sterilization. The latest cost $160. What I didn't know until too late was the adverse long-term effects ( endocrine complications) of sterilization... [more]
-AGracious
Cat Declawing Cost