15 Minute Assessment

Wood Pellet Stove

Pellet stoves are usually paired with another heat source. They have a hopper, an auger, and a burn pot. The auger turns, moving pellets from hopper to burn pot. Fans stoke the flame, and the fumes exit through a metal duct.

Pellet stoves need the right mix of air, pellets, and flame. If the mix is off, you may need to make adjustments.

Though pellets burn hotter and cleaner than regular wood, pellet stoves still need regular cleaning. Check your stove’s manual for details. Get a professional inspection every year, before the heating season starts.


Every fall

Repair and replacement costs

Typical Costs

  • Inspect: $100 – $300
  • Repair: $300 – $500
  • Replace: $1,000 – $3,300

Life span


15 – 20 years

Steps to Assess Your Wood Pellet Stove


Step 1: Clean the outside of the stove. Look for dents, cracks, and corrosion. Repair damage ASAP. To prevent fires and ensure easy access to all sides of the stove, make sure the area around it is clear.


Step 2: Inspect the door gasket for cracks, peeling, or other damage. The door should open easily and lock tightly.


Step 3: Clean inside the stove with a wire brush. Remove ash from the burn pot and clear the small holes at the bottom.


Step 4: Inspect the ductwork for cracks, gaps, corrosion, or any other damage, especially near joints. Outside your home, make sure there aren’t any plants or snow blocking the vent.


Step 5: Fill the hopper and start the stove. If it won’t start, try the reset button. If pellets don’t fall into the burn pot, check the auger for clogs. If the pellets won’t light, check the ignitor.