How do you convert a pellet stove to a wood stove?

My husband and I are buying a house with a pellet stove and would like to have a wood-burning stove instead. Is it possible to swap the pellet stove out and how hard is it?

If you simply remove a free standing pellet stove and add a wood stove without changing the stove pipe you will burn your house down. A wood stove puts a lot of heat out the chimney(not as effecient). If you have an insert in an original wood burning firplace you will need to remove the pellet stove and restore the wood fireplace to its original condition including the chimney if needed. If you have a free standing pellet stove with a small 3"-4" pipe going to the outside for exhaust then you would have to completely convert that to a larger 6'-8' triple wall pipe which will cost at least $300 alone depending on how far it has to go.

You wont find a wood stove more effecient than a pellet stove so I unless it is for ornamental purposes only I would leave it alone. I know that wood fires can be more natural and more appealing than a pellet fire but it is your preference.

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3 Responses to “How do you convert a pellet stove to a wood stove?”

  1. jakeb says:

    You could get a wood stove, but you are starting from scratch. Pellet stoves have different chimney requirements. Also, the pellet stove should be removed, not converted, they are not made for wood logs and would be dangerous to burn wood in it.
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  2. Misty Blue (Lightly tanned) says:

    You cannot convert them.I have a pellet system and it is far superior to a wood burning system.Be mindful that wood used in the gasifying type has to be very dry.If you mean say for instance something like the pot-bellied wood burning stoves then you can burn any wood and it's just a case of taking out the pellet stove and putting in a wood burning one.(but I wouldn't recommend it as pellets are extremely efficient).
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  3. Bear says:

    If you simply remove a free standing pellet stove and add a wood stove without changing the stove pipe you will burn your house down. A wood stove puts a lot of heat out the chimney(not as effecient). If you have an insert in an original wood burning firplace you will need to remove the pellet stove and restore the wood fireplace to its original condition including the chimney if needed. If you have a free standing pellet stove with a small 3"-4" pipe going to the outside for exhaust then you would have to completely convert that to a larger 6'-8' triple wall pipe which will cost at least $300 alone depending on how far it has to go.

    You wont find a wood stove more effecient than a pellet stove so I unless it is for ornamental purposes only I would leave it alone. I know that wood fires can be more natural and more appealing than a pellet fire but it is your preference.
    References :

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