Wood and Pellet Stoves
Pellets and wood are a popular fuel choice in Maine because they are a locally-produced fuel supply. Wood and pellet fuels are a renewable and cost-effective way to heat your home or business.
A wood or pellet stove burns wood or pellets to heat a single room, but when centrally located, these systems can offset demand on the primary heating system. Modern stove design has increased output efficiency and convenience, meaning that the heat from these secondary systems can meet a significant part of a home’s heating demand.
Most modern pellet stoves and many wood stoves include a direct connection or duct for combustion make-up air from outside. Ducting increases the overall efficiency of heating with wood or pellets by reducing the amount of cold outdoor air that is drawn into living spaces throughout the house. Ducting also increases the distribution of heat from the stove by eliminating the directional draft from the home’s extremities toward the stove. Ducting of make-up air is a requirement for receiving a rebate from Efficiency Maine. High-efficiency wood and pellet heating systems are eligible for Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) Incentives and Efficiency Maine Energy Loans.
Pellet and wood stoves are typically fireplace inserts or free-standing models. Many different types are available. Click here for Efficiency Maine’s list of approved wood and pellet stoves. Click here to find out where you can buy pellets. If you’re interested in understanding how wood and pellet fuels compare to other fuel types, click here for Efficiency Maine’s Compare Heating Costs Calculator.
Tips for safe and efficient wood stove, pellet stove or fireplace operation
- Have a certified chimney sweep inspect the system every year
- Clean out the inside with a wire brush periodically
- Inspect fans and motors regularly
- Clean the flue vent on a regular basis
- Close fireplace and wood stove dampers when not in use
To be eligible for a rebate, qualifying wood and pellet stoves must be installed by a Registered Pellet/Wood Stove Vendor and with an outdoor air intake ducted to or near the stove.
For more information on pellet and wood heating options, please visit the Maine Pellet Fuels Association’s website.