Selecting Wood Burning Stove
Selecting a Wood Burning Stove
The recent economic crisis has lead to many changes in ways we do things. One of the ways we look to reduce our cost of living is to invest in a wood stove. Wood stoves have been the traditional way of heating our homes since the pioneering days. However, with the emergence of more convenient fuel source such as gas, wood stove has been taking a back seat. Now, though more people are reconsidering wood stoves due to the rising costs of alternative fuel sources.
The wood stoves nowadays are nothing like they were in the days gone by. With the new technologies and the stringent requirement of the EPA, wood stoves have greatly increased their efficiencies. This accompanied by the rising cost of alternative heating methods, have made wood stoves attractive option once again.
Before you go out and get yourself a new stove though, there are several factors you should consider:
First decide if the stove is to become a primary heat source for your home or is it more for backup heat or perhaps more to add aesthetics to your home. This factor would determine the size and look of your stove. Since wood stoves come in all shapes in sizes now this factor does not limit your choice but mostly helps you narrow down your choices.
Next you would need to decide where to put your stove. Wood stoves come in three general categories; stand-alone stoves, wood stove inserts, wood stove fireplace.
A stand-alone stove is as its name denotes is a stove that you could put anywhere in your home so long as you are able to vent the stove properly and have proper clearances from combustibles. This means you must make sure that it is far enough from any thing that could burn. In addition, you must make sure that you would be able to place a chimney setup from the stove to the outside and this usually has to go straight up.
A wood stove insert is one you place in an exiting fireplace that is usually masonry. The important factors to consider here is the exact dimensions of the existing fireplace. These dimensions will determine which stoves would fit into your fireplaces.
A wood stove fireplace stove is a manufactured firebox that is designed for framing into a wall-like structure. This creates the illusion of a masonry fireplace where there was none. Important factors here are similar to those of a stand-alone stove that must have proper clearances to combustible and venting requirements.
Then you would need to find out the local building codes in your area. In addition you may also want to find out the solid fuel burning restrictions in your neighborhood. These building codes would need to be taken into consideration in determining the placement of your stove. The solid fuel burning restrictions would tell you when you can and can not operate your stove.
Finally, you would need to determine the source of your fuel. Will you be preparing your own wood or are you purchasing? The burning restrictions in your area will also be a factor in determining the fuel types you can burn. Most dictate that only seasoned wood should be burned. This means that the wood has been properly dried for usually a year before it can be used as fuel.
Making sure that you have properly considered these factors would make the selection of your stove a much easier and pleasant experience. Having the answers to these questions will also make it much easier for us in the business to locate the stove that would best suit your needs. Because at the end of the day, we want to see that you are happily warming yourself in front of that beautiful fireplace that we have helped make a reality.