As Justin and Collin point out, pellet stoves are hot. Unfortunately in North America they are also ugly, looking like olde-fashioned wood stoves that would fit in grandma's house but not in any self-respecting modernist's. In Japan, Satoshi Seki designed this modern and colourful unit for Shimotani. Now why can't North American manufacturers do this? ::Shimotani via ::Mocoloco
Read also this article from Asahi.com.