The arrival of pellet-burning stoves on the market goes back to the 1980s. Contrary to wood-burning appliances, most pellet-burning stoves require no floor protection (at least in the case of models mounted on a podium). Pellets are introduced from the top of the stove. The stove switches off automatically as soon as the front door is opened.



 Before installing a pellet-burning stove, you must read the instructions provided on the certification plate (easily accessible via the pellet loading trap) or the instructions contained in the manufacturer’s guide.

Connecting pipe

One of the many advantages of using pellet-burning stoves would be the connecting pipe that also serves as a chimney. Commonly referred to as vent, this pipe varies from 3 to 4 inches in diameter. A clearance of 3 inches must be maintained between the pipe and flammable materials.

Draught capacity

For effective draught the pipe must extend 60 inches vertically in total, either inside or outside the building. The stove must also be connected to a masonry type chimney or a type A or M prefabricated chimney. However most manufacturers require the installation of a metal sheath inside the pipe.

Gas exhaust

The gas exhaust point must be situated at about 12 inches from any flammable exterior siding and about 48 inches from any opening (window or door). When gas is vented through the foundation, the exit point must be situated at about 12 inches above the ground to prevent any obstruction due to accumulation of snow, soil, etc.

Built-in models

Pellet-burning stoves are also available in built-in models. These however require a masonry chimney with an inner metal sheath. Certain built-in models come with a deflector and a pellet compartment.


If you alter your pellet-burning stove or stop using it, we recommend that you notify your insurance broker or insurance company. IMPORTANT: you must have your pellet-burning stove installed by a member of the APC (Association des professionnels du chauffage)