There are many features available for your pellet stove. From ignition options to esthetics like color, legs, and etched glass. The choice of auto ignition verses manually starting your pellet stove is a matter of preference.
Auto ignition is available on Magnum appliances, and uses electricity to start your appliance. The convenience is a push of the button, but manually starting your pellet stove is quite simple too. Manually lighting a pellet stove takes about 3-5 minutes. You may be surprised to learn that automatically lighting a pellet stove takes about the same amount of time!
So what’s the difference or why choose one over the other? The difference is when you choose to manually light your stove, you use a lighter or match.The economical and efficient method is to manually light your appliance, use the manual or thermostatic operation mode to evenly balance your heating needs and enjoy long burn times between lighting your appliance.
If you don’t want to manually light your stove, then essentially you are replacing the match with a form of an electronic match. The difference is simply your preference. Most auto ignition systems on the market today incorporate a full shut down feature and should your home require frequent lighting of the appliance (sometimes 15-20 times per day), you will experience premature failure of the auto system. To weigh the benefits you need to decide if it is important to have the appliance light while you are away from home or if you would rather be there to light the appliance.
In addition to auto ignition features for your pellet stove, you have these options:
- Paint color options (color of the pellet stove)
- Trim options (black, gold, nickel)
- Queen Ann legs or pedestal base
- Stir/stirless firepot
When choosing which Magnum brand appliance, your options include:
- Flex-fuel (ability to burn more than one type of fuel)
- Burn time
- Heating capacity
- Stove vs Fireplace
Other unique options some pellet stove owners appreciate are connecting your pellet stove to a thermostat, and having a battery-backup (run without electricity).