The previous threads on pellet stoves have intrigued me. I would like some way to modify my existing wood stove so that *at times* (when sick, lazy, or whatever) I could burn pellets or corn for convenience and possibly to lengthen the time the stove could go unattended. It would seem like this would be simple but I'm not very engineering minded. I have, however, found camp pellet stoves (http://www.walltentshop.com/RileyPellet.html) that use a gravity feed system to get the pellets inside the stove and I have found that slanted woven steel baskets are made to put in a wood stove to allow it to burn pellets (http://www.thepelleteer.com/). Why couldn't you combine the two ideas by doing something like modifying a top-exiting stove pipe to allow a gravity feed hopper to be added? I assume the gravity-feed pellet camp stoves operate without an augar so that would overcome the drawback of a pellet stove needing electricity to operate. Cheap pellet stoves go for about five times what I paid for my used Mama Bear Fisher and the used pellet stoves aren't much cheaper. Used pellet stoves are also hard to come by in my area. Kinda hard to justify that kind of cost for only occasional use. I know all the arguments about pellets being hard to find, costly, difficult to store, etc. I just want to explore the possibility/practicality of doing some sort of modification to an existing wood stove without naysayers harping on the obvious drawbacks of pellet cost, availability, commercial nature etc.