Wood Stove Fireplaces
Why Choose a Wood Stove Fireplace for you home
The reason of a fireplace to add beauty and styling to your home, does not have to sacrifice fuel efficiency to attain your goal.
Your choices can include wood stove fireplaces, gas fireplaces or even pellet. Your choice of fuel will dictate the type of fireplace that you will choose. By looking at the pros and cons of each type of fuel can help you decide on what you are looking for.First to consider is the Wood Fireplace. In the last several years the manufactures have been able with farther testing and innovation. They have also been able to meet and or exceed the most stringent Environmental Protection Agency (referred to as EPA standards) which requires a maximum of 6 grams of particulates' per hour that can be emitted by the wood burning appliance. Most Wood Fireplaces have larger fireboxes then the average wood stove, making it even more difficult to attain these high standards, and for several years none of the wood fireplaces were able to be certified. With farther testing and innovation several manufactures now offer this wood burning fireplace in several different models. The stoves can be framed into the wall, in a corner, or even in the middle of a room. Once again only your imagination and budget can dictate how you would want the stove to look and how you install and type of material to be used to give the fireplace the appeal and look you desire.
The main reason that people love their wood fireplace is the constant radiant heat that is generated from the stove into the room. Most areas of the United States have an abundance of available wood that can be harvested and cut into the desired length necessary to fit into your fireplace. This creates a very affordable fuel as compared to fossil fuels. Many home owners have very successfully, and of course our forefathers, have heated their home for many years with wood and would consider no other type of heat.
As always you must consider the availability of wood, the cost of wood, and have adequate storage facilities. (The storage facility is preferably in a dry place, where the wood can season for at least one year prior to burning. If you don't have the time to wait one year it is possible to accelerate the drying process down to three month by covering the wood with black plastic during the summer time to help generate more heat to speed up the curing process). You must consider, will you be cutting your own wood, buying precut wood, or even checking around to see if you can locate any scrap wood that might be available for you to acquire, if you do intend to cut and or split your own wood you will probably want to invest into a chain say and wood splitter to help minimize your work. Even if you decide to buy precut and split wood, the wood you buy from a wood cutter rarely is dried wood. The wood cutter usually referrers to the wood as seasoned. The term, seasoned wood usually means that the wood cutter just finished cutting splitting the wood and is merely a means to get you to buy his wood now. Some times the wood cutter may actually have some dried wood available, but he will definitely charge a premium price for his foresight to store the wood for at least one season, or he was fortunate enough to have found some down timber that had cured in the forest. Normally don't expect to go out and buy dried wood. If you think you have found some dry wood, pick it up, dry wood is considerably lighter then green wood as the moisture has evaporated out of the wood. Un dried wood is worse then no wood at all as all, if the wood is to be used immediately after being acquired. The heat value of the wood burning has to go toward drying out the wood, so there is very little heat left over to heat your home. What is left over is creosote, which is a black sticky gummy substance which is highly flammable, and if ignited after a large deposit has accumulated will create an uncontrollable fire. The best way to avoid this situation is simple. Only burn dry wood and have your chimney sweep once per year as recommended by the stove manufacture.
There is also additional work cutting and splitting the wood into desirable sizes and storing dry kindling to help the fire to start up when first starting a fire. The Fireplace it self will be extremely hot a times, dictating that necessary hand tools be available, for example leather gloves, pokers, and shovels with a metal bucket to remove the excess ashes. If you are not prepared to address these issues, you will very rapidly grow tired of maintaining a wood fireplace.