Wood Stove Selection
How To Select The Right Wood-Burning Stove For Your Family
In the modern days, quite a number of people still choose wood-burning stove as a heating source due to fluctuations in fuel, oil, and electricity costs. Especially during times of crisis, people tend to migrate back to wood stoves, which is the traditional heating method. With the advancement of technology, EPA-certified wood-burning stoves are prevalent, delivering cleaner air in the household and producing higher efficiency rate. However, before you purchase your next wood stove, there are a number key points to keep in mind.
First, you need to determine the major function of the wood stove. Will it be the primary heating source or more for aesthetic purposes? What is the size of the area? It will be extremely beneficial and advantageous to the buyer if you have a wood stove installer in the area. Most dealers will ask you the square footage of the desired heating area, however this is only a guideline. The actual output level of the wood stove depends on the convection, location, operation, and the type of wood used. The specialist will be able to assist you with the calculation of heat loss and energy output level that is required to maintain comfortable heat throughout the home. Thus, you may be able to deduce the size of the wood stove appropriate for your purpose.
In contrast, if the wood stove is merely for beautification and added accent to your home, your next step will be selecting the size and style of your choice.
In selecting a wood stove, your options consist of standalone wood stoves, fireplace inserts, and outdoor woodstoves. If an insert is your choice, a flue or chimney is required. A flue is also required even if you already have a masonry fireplace due to the fact that the flue in place usually exceeds the recommended size, which is 6 inches. If the size of the flue is too large, drafting will be a challenge. On the other hand, outdoor wood stoves are generally much higher in costs because it does produce much higher BTUs and utilizes hot water system to increase performance. Finally, the choices available for standalone wood stoves are virtually unlimited, ranging from pure functionality to chic elegance.
After you have determined your specific expectations from the wood stove, you will need to research on fuel availability in your area. Since earlier generations, wood-burning stoves have improved dramatically in terms of emissions and pollution control. Depending on your area, you may consider corn or wood pellets; resort to the conventional cutting, splitting, and stacking or own firewood; or benefit from cord wood fuel for heat enjoyment multiple times throughout the day.
One major factor to consider prior to purchasing your wood stove, you need to be aware of the local building codes in your area. There are some areas that may not issue permits for certain types of wood stoves. Understanding the requirements in the area is your responsibility as it could pose some challenges when the time comes for the installation of your wood stove.
Once you have gone through the major key points, it will now come down to personal preference in style and decor which you may research online, request for brochures and catalogs, or visit your local dealers who have a showroom. Remember to use to dealer as your resource, ask questions, and have them further research questions that you have. Ultimately you want to select a stove that will fit your lifestyle, do the work you expect, and most of all, fit your budget.
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