The two top-rated pellet stoves as of 2015, the Harmon P69 and the Quadra-Fire Mt. Vernon AE, are carried by stove specialty stores that are listed on the Harmon and Quadra-Fire websites, according to Consumer Search. Other top brands are available at Home Depot, Lowes and on Amazon.com.
The top reviewed stoves are only available at wood stove specialty stores. Customers may enter their zip codes on the manufacturers' websites to find local dealers. Three high-rated brands are sold at national chain stores and online. Napoleon, Summers Heat and United States Stove Company brand pellet stoves are available on Amazon.com. Summers Heat is also available at Home Depot and Lowes, according to Consumer Search.
Pellet stoves are wood stoves that use heat convection. The wood pellets that fuel the stoves are a byproduct of the lumber industry, and their costs are tied to the housing market. When new home construction slows, pellets become more expensive, says Consumer Search.
Pellet stoves are more expensive than wood stoves, but they are more economical because they require a three-inch vent rather than a large chimney, says Consumer Search. Pellet stoves need electricity to keep the fire burning, so Consumer Search recommends battery backup or a generator in case of power outages.