Home & Garden Maintenance & Repairs

How to Burn Wood Pellets in Regular Stoves

    • 1). Wait until your regular wood stove is completely cold. Remove the ashes and sweep it clean. Take out the grates.

    • 2). Insert the pellet basket into the regular stove. It should be level and have at least 2 inches of space between the walls of the stove and the sides of the basket. The door of the stove should close easily with at least 2 inches between it and the basket. There should be 3 or more inches of free space above the basket.

    • 3). Fill the pellet basket insert with wood pellets. Some pellet baskets have a slanted bottom. If you have one of these, slope the top of the pellets to be parallel to the bottom of the basket.

    • 4). Open the flue of your regular stove to maximum. Place about 2 tbsp. of alcohol gel fire starter on top of the pellets in the basket. Light the starter with a fireplace lighter and close the door of the regular stove. You can adjust the airflow in the flue when the fire has become well established. Increase airflow in the flue if the pellets smoke. They should not smoke at all.

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