Softwood pellets tend to burn the best, thanks to their high heat output and lower ash residue. Hardwood pellets, on the other hand, burn at a lower temperature and create more ash in the process, making them less popular among those who prefer less frequent stove cleaning.
Although they generally burn hotter and cleaner than hardwood, softwood pellets do not suit every budget or stove type. The majority of pellet stoves use either softwood or hardwood pellets; they don't allow the owner to choose one or the other. Consumers must take into account which type of stove they own before shopping for pellets. If they do not want to clean their stoves frequently owing to ash accumulation, they are likely to be happier buying a stove that uses softwood pellets.