It’s not really new, but some might say it’s hot right now.  Interest in wood pellet heat is growing once again as oil prices keep hovering above $3 per gallon.  While pellet stoves require up front costs and cannot be used as a sole heating source, the savings are substantial and allow consumers to cut their overall energy usage and costs.  We urge you to continue reading to see why adding a pellet stove or insert to your home could be a huge money saver in terms of your future heating expenditures.

In addition to saving energy and money - pellet stoves are also considerably less messy than dealing with wood.

In addition to saving energy and money – pellet stoves are also considerably less messy than dealing with wood.

Why Should I Choose a Pellet Stove?   In colder climates, heating costs account for approximately one-third of a homeowner’s annual utility bill, which is why many are seeking thriftier ways to stay warm and toasty.  Freestanding pellet stoves and inserts that fit inside an existing fireplace are an increasingly popular solution for homeowners.  Pellet stoves create a tiny fraction of the ash produced by an older wood-burning stove or fireplace, so cleaning s much less frequent.  If used daily, you’d probably find yourself emptying the ashpan once a week.

How Does a Pellet Stove Work?   They look like traditional woodstoves but operate more like a modern furnace.  You need only fill the stove’s hopper with pellets made from compacted sawdust, set its thermostat, sit back, and get cozy.  A mechanical auger deposits the pellets into a burn pot, where they are incinerated at such a high temperature that they create no vent-clogging creosote and very little ash or emissions, which keeps both indoor and outdoor air cleaner.  The best part is that they are about twice as efficient at warming your home as older woodstoves that have not been certified by the EPA and are vastly more efficient than fireplaces.

Is a Pellet Stove a Good Option for my Home?   Depending on your home’s size and layout, a pellet stove could supplement the current heating system or be used as the sole source.  And, despite its workhorse reputation, pellet stoves come in a variety of designs to complement any interior style.  Unless you’re comfortable with cutting holes in your house for the venting, however, it is best to leave the installation to a professional.  Pipes can run horizontally out an exterior wall, vertically through the roof, or up the chimney if adding an insert.






Price Range


Pellet Stove/Insert



$1,000 – $5,000


Vent Pipe/Chimney Liner



$200 – $500


Labor (depends on job’s complexity)



$250 – $1,000


Pellet stoves are a great way to heat your home.  The beauty of a fire, with the added advantages of a pellet stove, mainly better efficiency.  With the fluctuating costs of home heating oil, a new pellet stove or insert might very well pay for itself in one winter.  Depending on the particular model or style of the unit you select, you could own a pellet stove and the pellet fuel to heat your home for the winter for less than half the price of heating oil.  Whether you prefer the convenience of shopping online or would rather get up close and personal with your potential new pellet stove or insert, Northeaster Fireplace & Design has you covered.  Want to know more about a product or see and feel it for yourself?  Simply call us at (518) 767-9314 or stop in and see us today.