Pellet stoves are expensive. They may offer a less expensive heating solution for your home, but the initial cash outlay can often be prohibitive. While it’s generally true that you have to spend money to save money, a lot of people are looking for less expensive alternatives, but they don’t want to sacrifice quality in order to buy a cheap pellet stove. They wonder if it’s really worth paying the extra to buy an expensive one. What are the extras you get for the extra money, and is the increased value worth the extra money involved? Even more to the point, is there really such a thing as a cheap pellet stove?
Let’s start with the last question first. What exactly is a cheap pellet stove? If you search for pellet stoves online, you’ll find that most of them are in the price range of $1700 to $2500 and up. The cheapest new pellet stove I found was $875. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider $875 a cheap price for anything. However, if you compare it to the other models online, I guess you could call it cheaper. You can find inexpensive models on eBay, but when you read the fine print, you’ll see that they are either used or refurbished. If that isn’t an issue with you, then you may be able to find a used stove for as little as $300.
So, is a more expensive stove going to do a better job of heating your home, and is it worth spending the extra money? The answer for most people is yes. For starters, the more expensive stoves are much more aesthetically pleasing than the less expensive models and blend in with your décor more nicely. They have large windows so you can sit and watch the fire burning. The high-end stoves are built to be sturdier and last longer. In addition, they have more safety and self-cleaning features than you get on the cheap pellet stoves. The better stoves have separate storage units built in where you can store extra wood, and both the pellet and ash bins are larger so that you don’t have to take care of them as often.
It’s pretty much up to you to decide, though, if you want to spend the additional cash to get features like these or if all you’re looking for is to heat your home less expensively.