A wood-burning stove conjures up images of how life was lived before modern technology took over and provided us with automated home heating and cooking systems. The unsurpassed rustic charm of a wood-burning stove has led a growing number of homeowners to at least consider installing such a unit in their homes. In addition to its rustic charm, a wood-burning stove also uses an environmentally sustainable source of fuel.
The design and technological features used to create contemporary wood-burning stoves has opened the door for wood-burning stoves to represent a viable source for heating your home. In fact, a small wood-burning stove is the most effective method for heating your home.
Let’s look at why a wood-burning stove is the best way to heat your home.
Let’s start with the biggest advantage a wood-burning stove provides homeowners: The all-natural heating system delivers superior heating for homes of virtually any size. Wood stoves deliver radiant heat, which is a type of heat delivery system that increase the warmth of an area quicker and more efficiently than the warm air that blows through a home venting system. Powerful radiant heat comes from all sides of a wood-burning stove to send comforting warmth in every direction.
Heat Wherever You Want
Unlike a bulky furnace that must be placed in a spacious basement, you can locate a wood-burning stove anywhere you want inside your home. All you need to do is snake a vent pipe to the outside of your home to send out the discharge created by the all-natural heating source. Location flexibility means you can install a wood stove in the living room, as well as place an all-wood heating system in the master bedroom.
Unlike oil and natural gas, wood is an affordable fuel source for a home heating system. Wood costs much less per BTU than oil, electricity, and natural gas. Homeowners that install a wood burning stove inside their homes can save hundreds of dollars in home heating costs each year. If you live in a densely populated area where demand for fuel sources is high, then a wood stove is a budget friendly way to heat your home.
When the Power Goes Out…
…a wood-burning stove keep on working. Forget buying an expensive generator to get you through a power outage after a storm or during a rolling blackout. A wood stove delivers uncompromising heat when Old Man Winter blasts through the city electrical grid. When you install a wood stove, you are guaranteed a powerful source of heat 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Efficient Heat for Cooking
One of the less publicized benefits of a wood-burning stove is you can use the surface of the stove for cooking delicious meals. All you need is a little bit of practice to learn where the best spots are located for placing pots and pans. Wood-burning stoves typically distribute an even amount of heat over the surface of the stove, but you still need to find the best “hot spots.” Even better, the stoves are ideal for warming up cooked food you have stored in the refrigerator. Savvy homeowners install a wood stove as an extra cooking space to prepare meals for a large group of guests.
Modern wood stoves operate on a re-burn system, which is a system featuring secondary air tubes that make smoke and other potentially harmful combustibles disappear. The result of a re-burn system is much cleaner air that includes little, if any particulate pollution. The health benefits of a wood stove have motivated many homeowners to replace fireplaces with a wood-burning stove that produces up to 70% less particulate pollution. Re-burn systems also ramp up the heating efficiency of a wood stove by more than 50%.
We already mentioned how wood is a better fuel source to use for sustaining a healthy environment. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved wood stoves not only deliver the best air quality, the all-natural heating systems are also considered carbon neutral. This means than when a wood stove burns through it fuel source, it does not increase the amount of carbon dioxide into the air. Wood absorbs carbon dioxide, but it does not release the harmful gas.
Easiest Heat Source to Clean
You know about the cost and the time allotted for cleaning a furnace in preparation for winter. A fireplace is a hassle to clean. With a wood-burning stove, you add a heat source that does not require you to scale a ladder to reach the roof or have an advanced degree in HVAC maintenance. Most wood stove systems come with easy to understand instructions that allow most homeowners to clean the systems on their own.
Wood-burning stove have come a long way since the systems were used to heat log cabins. You can benefit from installing a wood stove in your home in several ways, with the most important benefit being the incredible amount of warmth a wood stove delivers.
Jesse Pinkman is a passionate HVAC professional writer who grew up repairing any home appliance on which he could lay his hands. He is responsible for ensuring that every article we publish is SPOT ON. When he’s not in the office, he enjoys hiking, watching football, and spending time with his family.