Wood Stove Heat
What All Homeowners Should Know
The stove radiates its heat into the room, while smoke and other waste products vent through a pipe to the outdoors.
Pros of a Wood-Burning Stove
- Can save money over a gas or oil system - Wood heat provides a way to decrease your reliance on the grid - It offers a connection to the land, and to human history
- It’s a lot of work to fell trees, saw them into logs, and split those logs into stove-length pieces - If you’re not willing to bank the stove at night (in essence keeping the fire going), you need to start a new fire every morning - There must always be someone at home to tend the fire
When you’re using a wood stove, it’s crucial to burn only seasoned wood, or wood that has been aged and dried.
How to Circulate Heat From a Wood Stove
One way to disperse heat from a wood stove is to use a wood stove fan, which sits on top of the stove.
Like a romantic hearth, a wood stove offers something beautiful to gaze at, but unlike the typical fireplace, it’s a source of heat that doesn’t seriously compromise your home’s energy efficiency.
Wood Stove Installation: Cost and Other Considerations
The stove itself can run from about $400 at the very low end to $4,000 at the high end, depending on size, materials, style, quality, and special features.