Wood-burning stoves are an excellent way to heat your home and reduce your carbon footprint. Not only that, but they’re low maintenance and renewable sources of heat that can save you money in the long run.
How a Wood Stove Works
Wood stoves are efficient heaters that use less fuel than traditional fireplaces. This is due to the way they control both the amount of fuel inside the firebox and how much air gets to it. This ensures that each piece of firewood burns more efficiently, keeping waste gases released during combustion longer and at higher pressures so they can be burned off for even greater energy output through secondary combustion.
These wood stoves have been certified by EPA to meet emissions standards for indoor heating equipment, making them up to three times more efficient in heat production than fireplaces. Some models even circulate the smoke produced by combustion into your home’s air, helping reduce your carbon footprint and improve indoor air quality.
How to Select a Wood Burning Stove
When shopping for a wood stove, make sure it meets both your needs and the size of your space. You can find stoves that fit into small cottages or living rooms, as well as larger units which will heat up larger homes. Generally speaking, smaller wood-burning stoves are not the best choice for larger houses due to their inefficiency in spreading heat around the entire space.
It’s essential to select wood with a good moisture content and that has been properly seasoned for optimal performance. To do this, store your logs in an airtight container at least two months in a cool, dry location before burning them.
If you’re uncertain of which wood type to use for your new stove, a local store can assist. They typically have displays showing what different woods look like once stacked and seasoned.
When selecting the type of wood for your new stove, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions and take into account personal style preferences. Depending on the brand and model, you have an array of choices; free-standing or built-in models can be found.
The type of wood used in your stove can influence how quickly and hot it burns, as well as the amount of coal and ash created. Hardwoods tend to burn faster and hotter, but they also leave behind more ash than softwoods do.
Once your logs are in the firebox, you can adjust the temperature of the flame using a damper which regulates oxygen and gas flows into wood. Regulating air entering the firebox also plays an important role in controlling burn time.