Wood stoves are an indoor appliance that are designed to burn wood. Generally they can’t be placed near or against a wall, but newer models can sit as close to 8 inches to a wall, freeing up available room space. Wood stoves have to be certified by the EPA, and as such models can now have relatively high heating efficiency, and cleaner burning.
There are many styles of wood stoves, from traditional to contemporary, which are all made from a variety of materials, although generally the actual burning space is made from cast iron. Being made from cast iron has the benefit of improving the efficiency as well, as the whole stove stays hot well after the fire has gone out. A point worth considering when planning to install a wood stove is that larger cast iron stoves will retain a lot more heat after the inside fire has gone out. For instance, after the fire has burned out, a 500-pound stove will radiate heat for several hours longer than a similar stove that only weighs 250 pounds.
Although there are many stoves for sale as a complete package, there are a growing number of people that construct their own stoves, so as to fit certain requirements, such as space or style. There are many guides for how to build a wood stove online, and these provide a great help when thinking about creating your own stove.
There are also many accessories including wood stove wall protection tools, that help maintain the quality of your stove, and the surrounding area of your stove. There are wall protection tools, which as the name suggests, protects any nearby walls from the intense heat that these stoves create. Another accessory that is needed, especially for homes that have never had a stove installed before, is a chimney. You can buy prefabricated metal chimneys which are generally the easiest to fit to houses that don’t have an already installed chimney. For houses that do have chimneys though, they often have to be relined with a stainless steel pipe, in order for the chimney to work with the recent higher efficiency stoves.
But overall, a correctly designed and fitted wood stove can be the centerpiece of the room that it is in, not only providing heating when necessary, but improving the aesthetic quality of the house that it is in.