Do Pellet Stoves Get Hot To The Touch?


Work Hot surrounded by fire.

To some extent, pellet stoves and wood-burning stoves are the same in that they both use solid fuel and burn fuel to generate heat.

In order for wood stoves to work, their bodies must get extremely hot before they can emit heat into a space. The electronic components found in pellet stoves aren’t found in wood stoves, so does this mean that pellet stoves get hot to the touch too?

Pellet stoves are not as hot to the touch as traditional wood-burning stoves, but depending on the model, they can still be. In most cases, pellet stoves have an internal blower that aids in the efficient dispersion of heat and reduces the reliance on radiating heat.

When we use our pellet stove, it gets warm to the touch, but not as warm as when we use our wood stoves.

Do Pellet Stoves Get Hot On The Outside?

Due to the metal body of a pellet stove being a good heat conductor, it can get quite hot on the outside. Pellet stoves can get extremely hot around the combustion chamber and flue, but the outside temperature varies from model to model.

Home appliances like pellet stoves, which burn fuel to generate heat, can be among the most energy-efficient types of fireplaces.

Most of the heat produced by traditional open wood-burning fireplaces is lost up the chimney, making them extremely inefficient at providing heat for a space.

There are several ways to overcome this problem. Solid fuel-burning appliances such as wood and multi-fuel stoves, pellet stoves, and others transfer heat from the appliance into your home more efficiently than an open fire can do so without releasing smoke particles that will fill up any space in between you and cause discomfort.

Pellet stoves are efficient because they allow the stove’s body to heat up and radiate its energy into your home. 

Wood burning stoves, unlike pellet stoves, do not have an integrated blower, so there’s less dispersion of warmth for this type of fire – which means you need larger amounts or more frequent use (and that will wear out even quicker).

Because wood stoves make more heat from the firewood they burn, they use secondary combustion to do so. The metal body of the stove absorbs and radiates that extra heat into the room.

Even though they look similar, pellets have a lot more electrical components than wood stoves, making them susceptible to damage when they get too hot.

Unlike a wood stove, the combustion chamber for pellet stoves is much smaller. This gives them more space in other areas of their bodies to hold electrical components that heat up these pellets over time and allow you to heat your house better. 

The combustion chambers of a pellet stove are located on the outside, which makes it one of the hottest parts in use.

Other parts of a pellet stove’s exterior may not get as hot as the combustion chamber, but depending on the stove’s model, they may still be extremely hot. If you don’t have a fire going, the body of a pellet stove may still be warm for a while after it cools down.

Pellet stoves, unlike wood stoves, have built-in blowers that help transfer heat from the stove to the room via convection rather than relying solely on radiant heat transfer.

To force air around the combustion chamber of a pellet stove, a blower in the middle of the stove is used. This air heats up as it passes by and exits out of the front.

The outside of a pellet stove does not have to get as hot as a traditional wood stove thanks to blowers, because air movement can release a lot of heat into the room.

Do Pellet Stoves Get Hot To The Touch

Pellet stoves still get hot to the touch on the outside, especially around the combustion chamber, where the glass door and door handle are located. It is possible that a pellet stove’s other parts will not get quite as hot, but they will still be hot enough to feel.

A fire can produce extremely hot spots, such as the glass door, all around the combustion chamber. The top and back of a pellet stove, for example, may not get as hot as the rest of the stove, but they’re still hot to the touch.

In our pellet stove’s instruction manual, it states that:

  • The stove gets very hot when it’s in use.
  • There is a risk of burns to children if they touch the stove.
  • During use, the door and flue pipes get extremely hot.
  • A heat-resistant glove should be worn because the stove door handle gets just as hot as the door.
  • A blower aids in the distribution of heat throughout the space.
  • Objects that could catch fire should never be placed on top of a stove.

The chamber where the pellets are burned (the combustion chamber) is often in the center of the stove’s front. The pellet hopper, blower, auger, and control panel are also inside your stove and occupy a significant portion of the stove’s interior space.

Thus, the combustion chamber area at the front of the stove will typically be the hottest place to touch due to the fact that it receives the most heat from the stove.

Our pellet stove’s owner’s manual warns that the glass door and door handle will get very hot during operation because of the high heat generated by the combustion area.

The manual for your stove recommends that you never open the door of a pellet-powered fire while it’s on heat setting. We’ve always been careful about opening up our stoves and never when it is turned on, but with automatic feeders like these, there really isn’t an issue!

A pellet stove’s waste air exits the house through a flue, which is usually made of stainless steel.

When you run your stove, the hot air from the combustion chamber will make the flue the hottest part of it. You can’t touch it, or you will get burned. This is explained in our pellet stove’s manual.

Our pellet stove’s owner’s manual also warns against setting flammable objects on top of the stove.

As a result, we never put anything on our pellet stove, whether it’s on or not, because we discovered that even when it’s off, the top gets extremely hot to the touch.

Additionally, our pellet stove includes an integrated blower to help distribute heat more evenly throughout the room while also improving the stove’s efficiency.

Our pellet stove’s blower pushes air up and out the front, around the combustion chamber.

During operation, the area around the vent where hot air is released can become extremely hot to the touch.

In Conclusion

The most important thing to remember about a pellet stove is that it’s not just one size fits all. Every model has its own individual quirks and characteristics, which means you’ll need the owner’s manual for your specific type of burners in order to avoid handling them when they’re hot during operation, as this can cause injury.

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