Can a single pellet stove heat an entire house? I'm going to provide the actual degrees of indoor rooms vs. outdoor temperatures heating with just a pellet stove.


Many things will skew results in each home. Floor plan, types of insulation, windows and basement type will be the largest factors along with the size and placement of the pellet stove.

Room Set Up
Lets Start with a floor plan of the house. 1970's cape, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1,200sq feet with a full unfinished concrete basement. The first floor is an open concept kitchen, living room and dinning room with one bedroom/office downstairs. Two bedrooms are located upstairs off to the left and right at the top of stairs.. The pellet stove is located in the dinning room corner.


Pellet Stove
The pellet stove is rated for 2,200sq which should be able to handle our 1200sq feet. Pellet stove's state this sq foot coverage as it were one large room, this is not the case for homes. Doors, hallways and stairs will create heat gaps keeping some places warmer than others.

Each room tested has doors open and the stove has been heating the house at least 12 ours prior. The heat setting on the pellet stove was set at 1. 9 being the highest setting.

Hardwood vs. Softwood Pellets
Hardwood burns hotter and creates more ash. Softwood burns at a lower temp and creates less ash.

I use the softwood at the beginning and end of the season to keep the house at a comfortable temp. During the very cold temps of 20 and below the hardwood is used.


Outside Temperature

30 Degrees - Using soft wood on heat setting 5

0 Degrees in blue - Using hard wood heat setting on 9

Below temps were recorded as (degrees):



Dinning room (Stove is located): 66 - 66-70

Kitchen: 66 - Open room to dinning

Living room: 65 - neighbors office, open to dinning room. 67-70

Office: 64 - Furthest room on first floor away from stove.


Bedrooms: 64 - up stairs were


As you can see from the inside vs. outside temperatures the pellet stove heated the whole house comfortably on a lower setting. The hardwood pellets made a huge difference with heat output. The cold nights 20 and blow the hardwood is used. Please share your home set up and if your pellet stove heats the entire house.
** Update: Colder weather dropped indoor temps a lot. Outside was 20 degrees and on a 5 heat scale the indoor temp was 62 primarily through the house.

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  2. Portable Stoves // January 31, 2013 at 2:08 AM  

    Pellet Stoves are cost efficient and utilize low power to heat up the entire room. I have a Pellet Stove in my house. It warm up the entire room within few minutes. The most amazing thing about these stoves is that they are portable so they can be fitted anywhere in the house.

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