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Key Features:
  • Heats 800 to 2,600 square feet
  • Can hook into existing duct system
  • Electronic ignition
  • Dimensions: 30 deep x 41 high x 24 wide
  • About $2,700; add $100 for plenum kit
  • Pricing as of 2011.
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  • Eco-65,000 large pellet stove
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by Deborah Holmes, Ebricks.com
If there's one thing Quebecois know, it's cold weather. And Canadian stove manufacturer Drolet knows how to keep its customers warm.

The latest introduction into their pellet stove line is the Eco-65,000 a somewhat utilitarian looking sheet metal stove with the capacity to heat an entire house.

Twin augers feed pellets from the bottom of the stove. This reduces ash production and makes for a hotter, more efficient burn. The stove has an efficiency rating of 78 percent, lower than a modern furnace but higher than many older furnaces.

With a maximum BTU output of 65,000 per hour and a powerful blower, the stove has plenty of capacity to hook into an existing hot air duct system. The manufacturer sells a plenum accessory kit for about $100.

For smaller rooms, the stove can be set to as low as 10,500 BTUs per hour. With a hopper that holds 125 pounds of pellets, the stove will burn for 92 hours at its lowest setting. It's not fussy about its food either: the Eco-65,000 can burn pellets of wood, 100 percent bark, sawdust/hay, or switch grass.

A heat exchanger makes for quiet operation, according to the manufacturer.

A glass viewing window shows the flames. Other than that, the stove is pretty basic and plain. Options include a remote and a digital wall thermostat.

The stove is widely available in the US and Canada.

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