As Treehugger says, "of course they're Italian!" Pellet stoves are a, generally speaking, environmentally-friendly way to heat your home in colder climates. Of course there are caveats, namely supply (short in some areas) and price of the pellets to fuel the stove (higher in the cold seasons) that can heat your home, but from a design perspective, they've only looked like they belong in a country log cabin, not in a home in the city, much less a place with a more modern aesthetic. A pellet stove with a design like these could take the place of a fireplace, as recommends the EPA because of the air pollutants released when a fire is burned. Curious about Pellet Stoves? Check out a Treehugger primer here, as well as their picks (and pics) of pellet stoves.