Heating for this century
Century heating manufactures wood burning stoves made of plate steel for moderate durability, ease of use, and heating efficiency transfer. Some of these stoves are available for as little as $600 from online retailers, cementing their position as a low-cost provider of economical heat. Unlike many more expensive wood stoves, the aesthetic design of the Century Heating units is secondary to their functionality. Thus, the air-wash facilities do not always function to the same level as more expensive models, causing the viewing glass to become covered with a thin film of soot. Since the viewing glass is smaller than that found on many purely aesthetic woodstoves and freestanding fireplaces, this is not as significant an issue. Many users of such small stoves buy them primarily for the heating function, with very little care towards the potential aesthetic benefits.
If your main goal is to enhance the ambience of a room, a more premium brand may be a better choice. However, if you simply enjoy the economy and warmth of a wood fire, Century Heating may be the brand for you.
Century Heating Model 244S Plate Steel Wood Stove
The 244S's small, efficient and inexpensive design makes wood heat readily accessible to every homeowner. Because it is EPA Phase II certified, it can be used in nearly every state, even those with wood-burning restrictions. Although at 75%, this stove's efficiency is lower than many sophisticated units, the low price tag can make it attractive as a basic heater. It should be mentioned that plate steel stoves do not tend to last as long as the larger, heavier, and more expensive cast-iron variety. But if your goal is an economical short-term source of heat, the Century Heating wood stoves can be a great investment.
- Approx. 50,000 BTU / hour output
- Approx. 75% efficiency rating
- Pedestal base with ash drawer for easy ash cleanout
- 1,200 - 1,500 sq. ft. heating capacity
- Single door with viewing window
- 29 h x 27 w x 21 d" (73.7 x 68.6 x 53.3 cm)
- Approved under EPA Phase II emissions regulations