7 Reasons to Invest in a Quality Wood Stove
The design and technology that goes into creating modern wood-burning stoves are quite different from those found in the “stoves of yesterday.”Today's wood stoves are an excellent heat source and wonderful to look at. If you’re considering purchasing a heating unit for your home or upgrading the one you already have, here are some facts you’ll enjoy knowing about wood-burning stoves.
1. Placement flexibility
A wood stove can be installed virtually anywhere in the home, providing a way to run a vent pipe to the outside of the house. This means you can zone-heat any room or space. A few well-placed stoves can almost completely replace a central heating system.
2. Exceptional heating
The biggest advantage homeowners have with a wood-burning stove is the quality of heat the unit gives off. Woods stoves operate on the radiant heat principle, which warms an area faster and more efficiently than warm air being blown through a home’s vent system. The powerful heat from a wood stove radiates from all sides of the unit and the top, sending warmth in all directions.
3. Better for the environment
Compared with using fossil fuels for heat (natural gas, propane, coal, etc.), wood is much more eco-friendly. It’s considered “carbon-neutral,” which means it doesn’t add additional carbon dioxide to the environment when it burns. This is because, in its natural state as a tree, wood absorbs carbon dioxide that’s in the atmosphere. During combustion, a balance is maintained.
4. Economical heating
Wood is an inexpensive fuel source. It costs less per BTU than oil, gas, or electricity. Homeowners who practice strategic zone heating in their homes can save hundreds of dollars in utility bills each year.
5. Works during power outages
If you live in a region with occasional power outages throughout the winter, you know how valuable a heat source that is 100% self-contained can be. With a dependable wood stove, you’ll stay warm around the clock, regardless of your home’s supply of gas or electricity.
6. Cooking convenience
An overlooked benefit of wood-burning stoves is the fact that some models double as a stovetop. With a little practice in temperature adjustment and cookware placement, you’ll find that the top surface of your wood stove is perfect for cooking and warming an endless variety of foods and meals.
7. Compliment your décor
Finally, even with all the other advantages, you want a wood stove that looks nice in whatever room you place it. That’s no problem. Modern wood-burning stoves are available in many styles, sizes, and finishes, making it easy to find one that is the perfect accent for your home style or decor.
Northeastern Chimney of central Connecticut is happy to show you various the best wood-burning stoves on the market. We perform the professional installation by certified technicians to make sure your stove’s operation is always safe. When it’s time for maintenance and cleaning, count on our chimney sweeps to get the job done right. Learn more about wood stoves from top manufacturers.