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Pellet burners

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A woodburner alternative?

Pellet burners are an alternative to woodburners - if you can source the pellets. Find out about what you need to consider, and compare models in our database.

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How they work

Most pellet burners look like a conventional woodburner and are available either as a free-standing model or an insert into a fireplace.

You can even get a basement-furnace model for central heating.

Pellet burners burn only compressed wood pellets, which you buy in 15kg or 20kg plastic bags or in bulk. The pellets are loaded into a hopper at the back of the unit and are fed into the fire through an automatic feed system.

Adjusting the rate the pellets are consumed gives you control over the amount of heat produced.

In some models, a thermostat can be used to keep an even room temperature – and a timer can provide automatic switching on and off.

In freestanding and fireplace-insert models, a hopper load of pellets lasts for around 24 hours of continuous burning – and these models produce a similar amount of heat to a conventional woodburner. Basement furnace models produce much more.

Pros and cons

Pellet burners have some real advantages, but there are downsides. Find out more.

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