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Guide to Buying Wood Burning Stoves

By Edited Oct 13, 2015 0 0

A lot of people nowadays are gradually shifting towards cheap ways of heating their homes. Wood burning stoves-though damaging to the environment-have become quite popular these days, even for those who are simply looking for pizza ovens for sale. However, there are a number of factors to consider before making a final purchase.

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Wood Burning Stove Size

It is very important to consider size in relation the amount of space you intend to heat up with the stove in question. Stoves can turn out to be either woefully undersized or oversized. An oversized one is very much convenient for a large home. However, the only problem with buying an oversized one for a small living space is that it can overheat your house and serve as a fire hazard. This therefore means you will have to burn your wood at temperatures lower than usual. Unfortunately this has a negative consequence, as there can be the gradual buildup of creosote, and smoking can also occur. On the other hand, an undersized one will have to be supplied with wood more frequently to keep your home warm, something that can affect its durability quite dramatically.

Types of Stoves

There are three distinct types of stoves.

1) soapstone
2) cast iron
3) steel

Soapstone stoves are known to be more effective at giving off the radiant heat which floods your house in the exact same way as the sun, surface area wise. Steel stoves will heat up at a much quicker rate than ones made from soapstone. Meanwhile, cast iron stoves heat up at a staggeringly slow pace, even though they give off radiant latent heat which lasts way after you have turned them off. When it comes to aesthetic style, a steel stove offers much more variety than the rest. If you are looking for a traditional feel, then soapstone will provide you with the much needed conventionality.

Heating Efficiency

Efficiency is the rate at which your wood fuel burns out with the passage of time. It is crucial to look out for the EPA rating of your wood burning stove as this will determine how much money you spend on this natural fuel every month or every year. The cost of wood in your jurisdiction is yet another consideration which is evenly yoked to efficiency. If this is costly then you will have to shop around for the wood burning stoves with the more impressive efficiency. Efficiency ratings are pegged in percentages, which means anything lower than 50 percent is definitely worth avoiding.

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