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Does a pellet stove need a chimney?

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Although a pellet stove does not need a traditional chimney, it does require an exhaust pipe to the exterior of the building. This keeps potentially toxic gases from building up inside.

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Does a pellet stove need a chimney?
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Pellet stoves burn compressed pellets that contain wood shavings and sawdust. The pellets burn hotter than wood burns in a traditional wood stove and produce less ash, creosote and smoke with fewer pollutants than wood-fire smoke. A fan blows the pellet stove’s exhaust smoke out of the unit through a narrow pipe. Many users vent the pipe through an existing chimney, but this is not essential. It is possible to vent the pipe directly outside at a slight vertical angle.

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