February 8


How to Start a Pellet Stove

How To Start A Pellet Stove?

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Do you know that the first pellet stove was created in 1973? Back then, there was a huge crisis of oil worldwide. 

However, during the past 15 to 20 years, the use of pellet stoves has increased tremendously in the USA and other European countries. 

Apart from being an economical heating option, not only in USA, but all around the globe, pellet stoves are also one of the finest sources of renewable energy. They do not pose any risk to the environment, and because fossil fuels become very costly overtime, pellet stoves only use premium wood pellet. 

How to Light A Pellet Stove

During winters, the most anticipated thing is those longer, darker nights and frigid temperatures. 

As a pellet stove owner, you should be getting a little giddier during this time of the year, embrace the snow and relish the chilling cold. I am not saying this because I think you are really tough or crazy, but because you will be enjoying the coziest heat that your pellet stove can deliver. 

Depending on the size and layout of your home, a pellet stove can nicely supplement your heating system, and can be even used as the sole source. 

That being said, let us see how you can easily start a pellet stove. If you have a self-igniting stove, it wouldn’t be a hassle because all you need to do is turn on the unit, and the stove will automatically pour the pellets in the burn pot to light them up. 

A manual pellet, on the other hand, requires some care, but once the pellets are burning well, you may not have to lit it again for the rest of the season. 

Step by Step Guide to Start your Pellet Stove: 

  1. Start by filling the stove’s hopper with premium wood pellets. Make sure you only use high quality wood pellets for best results
  2. Turn on your stove auger and allow a few pellets to fall into the burn pot. Don’t throw in too many as you only need a few
  3. Turn off the auger to prevent additional pellets from falling while you are trying to light up the fire
  4. Next, open up the burn pot door and add the accelerant to the wood pellets. We highly recommend using accelerant approved for use with the wood pellet stoves. These usually come in gel or solid form. Majority of the wood pellet stove models available on the market recommend that you should avoid using any liquid accelerant
  5. After that, you need to grab a long-reach butane lighter, like the ones that are used to light gas fireplaces or grills, near the pellets and then light it. Wait and hold the butane lighter against the pellets inside the stove until they ignite. We highly recommend you to hold your lighter against the areas where you have applied the accelerant. Finally close the burn pot door
  6. Next, be patient until all the pellets have fully ignited. They should turn red around the edges when burning. It can take a few minutes for all of the pellets to catch on fire
  7. Finally, turn on your stove’s blower motor and the auger. The auger should dump more of the pellets from the hopper and into the stove. However, it only dumps as much required to keep the temperature of your home comfortable and cozy. The blower helps to force the hot air spread easily to the new pellets without being smothered by them. In case the fire goes out, you should wait for the coals to cool so that you can clean them out of the stove. Turn off the blower motor and repeat the lighting process from the start

Things Required To Start A Pellet Stove

Here are some things you would need to start your pellet stove at home:

  • Wood pellets: We recommend using premium wood pellets
  • Accelerant: You can use gel or solid accelerant
  • Lighter: Long-reach butane lighter works the best

Whenever you are using accelerant, make sure that there are no coals inside the stove. Often times it happens that the pellets still have cinders, and this could cause the accelerant to flare up all of the sudden.

Final Words

Needless to say, pellet stove sure is a handful item during the winter season. It helps in heating up your environment and making it cozier with the help of fire and electricity. 

Although lighting up a pellet stove may seem a bit tricky tasks, but it becomes easy once you follow the instructions and get used to it. 

Whether it be an automatic ignition or manual ignition stove, they are always simple and easy to use. 

The only thing you should care for it the maintenance of your stove to keep it in top-notch condition throughout the season. 

We hope this guide was helpful. If you have any questions or confusions, feel free to leave them in the comment section, and we’ll get back to you ASAP. 


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