Top 2 Wood Pellet Stoves / Fireplaces under $1,000

Castle Wood Pellet StoveWe lived for several years in a solar powered house in Northern New Mexico and had a wood fireplace that helped us getting through those cold winter months at that high altitude.

A wood pellet fireplace that’s small sized but still powerful enough to heat a tiny house, RV or houseboat is just perfect for every tiny living.

And let me tell you by our own experience, having a wood pellet stove or wood pellet fireplace is so cozy you don’t want to miss that comfortable feeling besides the warmth it’s emanating.

The following Top 2 wood pellet stoves resp. wood pellet fireplaces come with great features that make it really easy for you to start a fire and to keep the fireplace clean and nice looking.

Nextstep Freestanding Pellet Stove FireplaceLet’s take a look at those features and what you need to know about wood pellet fireplaces and their maintenance.

Wood pellets are made from compressed sawdust and other wastes from lumber manufacturing. Their great advantage is that they burn with a high combustion efficiency thanks to being extremely dense and of low moisture content.

There are different brands of wood pellets available. You’ll get generally a recommendation by the fireplace manufacturer which is a great start. But for your unique fireplace and home situation it’s always good to try different brands of wood pellets to find the best one for you. Try to find the pellets that heat well, don’t leave too much ash and clinker residue.

Speaking of ash: during the heating season you will need to clean and maintain your wood pellet fireplace properly to keep it operating efficiently. I found this advice for your weekly tasks around your fireplace. Once a week empty the ash drawer, clean the glass and the heat exchanger according to your manual, look for clinkers and build-up soots and empty unused pellets from the fireplace hopper

The following two Top models of wood pellet fireplaces are meant for small or even tiny spaces. They don’t use too much space in your tiny home – may it be a tiny house, an RV or houseboat – and are easily installed. They are very thermal efficient. And fit into a small corner. And I must add, they just look great.

These two models are fuel by wood pellets and not wood to make the whole fireplace experience as pleasant as possible.

Product Reviews

Castle Wood Pellet Stove

Castle Wood Pellet Stove

Product Highlights

  • Greater than 69.8% thermal efficiency
  • EPA certified, Mobile Home certified, ETL certified
  • 1500 square feet heating capacity
  • Automatic ignition
  • Five feed rates and blower speeds
  • BTU Input / Output: 31,960 BTU / 9,575-22,226 BTU
  • Fuel type: wood pellets (40 lb. Capacity)
  • Diimensions: 23.75“D x 34“H x 18.25W and weight of 186 lbs.

Customer reviews

The stove has given me very little trouble and it appears to be very well built. Easy to clean. Maintenance is quick, easy, and straightforward. I like the way it looks, especially when the glass is clean and a nice fire is glowing inside. Built in thermostat, so you don’t need a separate thermostat on the wall with a wire running to the unit.

Since installing and running my Serenity stove, I have yet to hear my propane furnace kick on, even on the most arctic sub-zero nights. The Serenity has paid for itself in saved fuel costs in just the first heating season. Also, the heat generated from propane simply does not compare to the deep warmth of wood pellet heat. The house no longer feels “chilly”.

Works great for the price cannot be beat! Have not turned on heater since. Love it.


Nextstep Freestanding Pellet Stove Fireplace

Nextstep Freestanding Pellet Stove Fireplace

Product Highlights

  • Multi-directional air flow
  • Flame-reactive mirrored glass
  • Huge illuminated hopper hold 18 lb. Of fuel
  • Hidden handle on the side for sleek look
  • Easy operations: LCD screen button control
  • Heating area range: 430 – 645 square feet
  • Heat Output: 20,472 BTU
  • 90% thermal efficiency

Customer reviews

This pellet stove is a very clean, well thought out design that has very few moving parts. However, it works very well and is a compact size that will fit almost anywhere. I was very impressed with the overall design and its performance. It is also easy to clean.

First of all, the manufacturing of this stove is perfect, like I haven’t seen in years. It’s a beautiful stove with a very good digital control and a lot of settings to suffice your needs. It heats up fast and the burning of the pellets is very good.

Enjoying real fireplace, heats the living room nicely!

*Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.


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