Up until relatively recently manufacturers simply did not make small pellet stoves for homes less than 900 square feet. The problem was that most of the pellet stoves could not handle a slow burn rate which in turn meant a big feed box was necessary.
Any of those pellet stoves that were made for 900 square foot properties were not very highly regarded. The issue being that because of their small-scale specifications they were not able to only limit the rate of pellet feed before the fire went down. This simply defeated the reason for having a wood pellet stove at all. Why should you go to the hassle of getting a stove when you are probably going to be hindered by operational issues?
An additional trouble with small pellet stoves is they tend to be costly relative to larger pellet stoves. It appears that the smaller the stove the more expensive it is likely to be. Additionally small pellet stoves typically call for hand-operated ignition and tend to generate more ash than larger stoves. This appears counterintuitive – the smaller the stove the fewer material employed to create it and therefore the less it ought to cost. In principle this makes sense however the truth is much different. You also would assume that the more compact stove would generate less ash – again the truth is considerably different. The advantages of a large stove are not available in smaller stoves.
The important thing when thinking about the size of the pellet stove is to find a balance between your quantity of heat needed as well as the physical area where the stove is going to be situated. Even with a thermostat control there’s a risk of overheating a small room if your stove used is just too big – on the flip size there’s a risk of under heating a big room when the stove used is just too small. The customer must be conscious of these problems or else it might result in a costly error.
Some manufacturers have made moves to address the space issue by creating small pellet stoves. Again the main issue is value for money. While the technology exists to create smaller better regulated pellet stoves, manufacturers tend to focus on the mid to large range where both heat and value efficiencies can be achieved by both the householder and the manufacturer more easily.
As wood pellet technology progresses and demand for small wood pellet stoves increases manufacturers will be forced to address this demand. Until then householders will face the prospect of expensive small pellet stoves.
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