Re: Installing a Pellet stove near a laminate floor?
It shouldn't. The floor won't really get much for heat on it from the stove for two reasons, the stove is lined and designed for the heat to radiate out and up. The actual firebox on a pellet stove is extremely small and heats an air chamber which a fan then circulates air through, not unlike a forced air furnace. So the actual heat produced by the stove is small, yet the heat out of that air chamber is quite warm. To further isolate the floor, air is usually drawn in from the bottom of the stove, circulated through the air chamber and out the top front, so the heat is well above the floor anyway.
I would caution you against installing a pellet stove if you are prone to power outtages. Pellet stoves don't work without electricity, as they need it for both the circulation fan and the feed auger. Pellet fuel can also be quite expensive, so do your homework, you may not be saving much for money with one.
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