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Pellet stove study measures emission levels

     A recent 30-day independent assessment of popular pellet stoves conducted by the Alliance for Green Heat has determined that pellet stoves, unlike most wood stoves, can achieve low levels of emissions in real-world settings that are in line with laboratory results. 

     The alliance tested the pellet stoves to approximate how they would perform in the real world. The group found that half the stoves operated as clean at the end of the 30-day test as they did at the beginning, and the others were only slightly dirtier.

     The study also found a lack of accepted reporting standards, leading to exaggerated claims about efficiency, Btu output and pellet-hopper size on manufacturer websites and promotional literature.

     The Alliance tested the England Stove Works 25-PDCVC, the Enviro M55 insert, the Harman Accentra 52i insert, the Piazzetta Sabrina, the Quadra-Fire Mt. Vernon AE, and the Ravelli RV80.  The group assessed each stove on its cleanliness, efficiency, maintenance, heat output and visibility of glass.  The overall winner was the Quadra-Fire Mt. Vernon AE, which received top marks in three of the five categories.  The Harman Accentra received top marks in two of the five categories.