As the heating season begins, some of us may be considering switching our heat source to a more environmentally friendly and affordable option. Seen as a greener alternative to conventional wood stoves and fireplaces, wood pellet stoves are an option worth considering, as they pollute very little, create no creosote, and pellets are typically made from wood waste. They aren't perfect, but with a bit of research and comparison, it is possible to find something to fit one's needs.
Of course, pellet stoves don't have to look like granny-style clunkers either; Italian designer Sara Ferrari created this modern pellet stove to fit into a modular system of furnishings that allows one to mix and match storage and stove as needed.
Called MIA and designed for Italian manufacturer Olimpia Splendid, the system is totally customizable and harkens back to the traditional family hearth where everyone can huddle around to share the warmth. Pellet stoves aren't just about the heat, but also about visual and spatial impact, says Ferrari:
So far innovation in stoves has only focused on the technical elements of the fuels used, like the pellet itself, often neglecting aesthetics and all the interaction aspects of this object which plays an important role inside a house throughout the entire year, not just during winter.
Here it's all about the details; the MIA pellet stove is approached as another piece of furniture that provides heating, fitting into a modular system that includes a "portapellet" storage cabinet, and "40x40" and "40x80" centimeter cabinets, and add-ons like handrails and scoops. The MIA features a tough, heat-resistant coating, a big 15 kilogram (33 pound) pellet capacity, a programmable electronic and remote control system, and a double door with magnetic closure for extra safety.
The look of the MIA can complement your existing colour scheme too; coming in four colours (white, green, orange and blue) and three different power levels to heat different sized spaces (7.5, 9 and 11 kW), the MIA starts at € 1199 (USD $1,527). For more info, check out Olimpia Splendid and Sara Ferrari.