Pellet stoves are a dramatically easier way to burn wood compared to cordwood stoves. One of the reasons is that most modern pellet stoves include an auto-light capability. The technology is fairly straightforward and involves an igniter to heat the pellets to the point of ignition. This not only makes pellet stoves easier, but significantly more efficient. When the self-igniting is paired with a room thermostat, it is easy to turn on and off throughout the day saving pellets and energy when the stove is unnecessary. This also allows the stove to be used during the early fall and spring to take the chill off the house in the morning.
The igniter is a replaceable component that can sometimes break at any time. The same way windshield wipers only stop working when it’s raining, igniters stop igniting right in the middle of the heating season. No fear.. all pellet stoves can be fairly easily lit manually using wood starting gel. It is a good idea to always have a container of using fire starter gel on-hand at all times. In a pinch, you can also use a couple of cotton balls soaked in alcohol.