Wood Stove Shopping
Deciding on the perfect wood burning stoves for your needs can be a little daunting with so many possibilities on the market. From wood pellet stoves to 1830's style antique wood stoves, to the new soapstone wood stoves you have selection previous generations never enjoyed. Develop your own checklist and visit a specialty retailer for experienced advice. Most specialty retailers can help arrange delivery and installation as soon as you make a decision as to which wood stove would best suit your needs.
Here is a list of items to consider when purchasing wood stoves:
Type and Style - Consider the purpose of your wood stove. Would you like a classic 'pot bellied' stove in your living room, or would you like a stove to both heat and aid in cooking in the kitchen? Do you have a supply of firewood, or is a gas stove more realistic? Gas stoves may give you the visual enjoyment of gas fireplaces. Are you looking for radiant, convection or a combination of both heating types?
Stove Materials - Wood stoves are made from iron, porcelain or soapstone. Each offers unique benefits and limitations.
Size of Stove - The key to finding the right stove is determining both the best size for your home and the amount of heat the stove will create. Stove heat is measured in BTUs. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, and is the primary heat measurement unit used by the hearth industry. It is the amount of heat used to raise a temperature of 1 lb of water by 1 degree F.
Location - Depending upon the model of the stove and the surrounding material, it can be installed as little as 6" from a wall. Identify the proper placement of a stove, since that will impact on its heating range.
Venting - While wood stoves may be vented through the wall of a house, most choices for wood stove venting include an existing chimney or a high-tech stovepipe.
Features - A variety of features are available in wood stoves depending on your needs. Hidden hinges, self-cleaning glass, reversible flues, gold and silver plated accents, porcelain fixtures, heat gauges, wall heat shields, and a series of fireplace tools can add extra appeal to your stove.
Installation and Maintenance - The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association recommends a routine inspection plan. Have a professional talk to you about the risks and costs of installing your stove. Stoves and flues should be inspected annually or semi-annually depending upon how much use you make of your wood stove.
Fuel and Other Costs - Take a look at delivery of firewood costs, as well as installation, chimney maintenance, annual checkups, and safety inspections.
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