Clean-burning, efficient, and fairly inexpensive pellet stoves are an excellent heat source for your modern home. These modern takes on traditional wood or gas-burning stoves give you the same cozy primary heat source without all the mess or hassle. However, just as it is with any other form of home heating system, there are mediocre and great models on the market.

To ensure you are perfectly content with the pellet stove you have installed in your home, you have to know what to look for as far as features. Here is a look at some of the best features to look for in a pellet stove for your home. 

Large-Capacity Hopper 

Pellet stoves utilize compressed wood pellets as fuel, which means you will have the task of filling your stove regularly with pellets to continuously reap heat for the home. Because of this, it is best to go with a pellet stove that has a large-capacity hopper. Some of the smaller pellet stoves have a pretty small hopper that will only hold a minimal amount of pellets. This means you will be refilling constantly just to keep a fire burning in the coldest months of the year. The larger the hopper of the stove, the more pellets it will hold and the longer the stove will burn without your input. 

Integrated Ash Pan

One of the greatest advantages of a pellet stove over a regular wood stove is that ash is minimal because the pellets are compressed wood particles without all the usual stuff that causes so much ash. Even still, the ashes will have to be regularly removed from the interior of the stove for efficient burning. Because of this, make sure you pick a pellet stove that has an easy-to-use integrated ash pan. The best models will have an ash pan that you can simply slide out and dump when the time comes. 

Adjustable Thermostat Control

A lot of buyers assume that like a wood stove, a pellet stove doesn't give you any real control over the heat. However, that is not the case with the best models. In fact, some of the higher quality pellet stoves have a digital interface that allows you to adjust the burning temperature just like you would with an electric or gas stove. The thermostat control panel collaborates with the internal damper system to control the burning pellets and reduce heat as needed to give you a consistent heat temperature inside of the house.