Pellet stoves are warm and wonderful in the wintertime, and you may be thinking how nice it would be to sit around the stove and watch TV.
You may also be wondering if it’s safe to put a TV above a pellet stove so you can enjoy your favorite show while staying warm.
The answer is yes, you can put a TV above a pellet stove – if the conditions are right and if precautions are followed.
Read on to learn more about how you can safely install your television above a pellet stove…
Mounting a TV Above a Pellet Stove
There are a few reasons why people might want to mount their television set above their pellet stove.
For one, it can create a nice focal point for the room.
People already tend to gather around the stove for warmth and ambiance, so it feels natural to have the TV in that area.
Also, when you mount a TV on the wall, it helps keep the floor space clear and makes the room feel larger.
Not to mention it’s also easier to keep the floor clean when there isn’t a heavy stand to sweep, mop, or vacuum around or under.
One of the concerns about putting a TV above a pellet stove is that it may be too high for optimal viewing.
Nobody wants a stiff neck after watching football on the weekend.
The best way to get around these issues and still enjoy your television above the pellet stove is to use a good adjustable mount.
There are many mounts available, and you should have no problem finding one to fit your tv.
Be sure that you are installing the mount on a wall stud or masonry block to support the weight of both the mount and the television set.
You paid good money for that 4K LCD TV so let’s make sure it stays where it is supposed to!
Choose a full-motion mount that can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically.
This way, you can swing the TV down to the best viewing angle when you want to watch it and the picture quality will be as intended.
Besides the mounting questions, a bigger concern for most is if the pellet stove could damage a television set with the heat it puts off.
A key feature of pellet stoves is that they stay mostly cool to the touch even when it is burning fuel – pellets.
However, there may be heat vents in the back, depending on the stove’s design.
You’ll need to ensure that your stove has the clearance it needs, but you may also want to check the area’s temperature where you want to mount your TV first.
Most TVs specify the maximum safe temperature in the instruction manual.
If yours doesn’t, you can assume that the TV should not be in an area hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a wall-mounted thermometer to measure the temperature above the stove to make sure that it is safe for your TV.
Things to Know About Pellet Stoves
Pellet stoves look similar to wood-burning stoves that most of us are are familiar with.
But instead of firewood logs, pellet stoves burn compacted pellets.
These fuel pellets can be made of wood, nutshells, corn, or other organic materials.
Pellet stoves can be either free-standing units or fireplace inserts.
They are more efficient than regular wood-burning stoves, and they are the cleanest solid fuel-burning appliance.
Depending on the stove and the fuel source, they can put out between 8,000 and 90,000 BTU per hour.
That’s enough to heat an entire home if there is a way to disperse the heat throughout the house.
In addition, pellet stoves burn their specially designed fuel so completely that they produce very little creosote.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, pellet stoves stay relatively cool during operation.
These features make it possible to safely mount a TV above a pellet stove with proper precautions such as…
- Maintaining the fans and motors as needed
- Perform regular cleaning
- Remove unused pellets from the hopper when not in use for long period to prevent rust damage
- Clean the flue to avoid buildup and use pellet fuel certified by the Pellet Fuels Institute.
Wrapping It Up…
By now you’ve learned that you can put TVs above pellets stoves so it’s time to get that job done, sit back and relax in the comfort of your warm home and enjoy the show!