Not your grandmother’s wood stove. A new generation of wood stoves offers high fuel efficiency, high combustion temperatures, and lower emissions. They’re powerful, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible heaters for your home.
Many of these new stoves combine the best of the old (baking/warming shelves, wood storage) with new technologies that greatly reduce ash, carbon emissions and lost heat. Best of all, when there is a burn ban, EPA Certified Stoves can keep on burning.
N.B.: Different stoves generate varying levels of heat. Be sure to consider a stove with heat output appropriate to the size of room where it will be located.
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N.B.: This post was originally published on December 19, 2012. We have updated it with new and additional product selections and current pricing.
Frequently asked questions
What is a freestanding wood-burning stove?
A freestanding wood-burning stove is a heating appliance that is not built into a wall or fireplace and can be easily installed anywhere in a room. It is designed to burn wood logs for heat and is a popular choice for heating cabins, homes, or other living spaces.
Why would I choose a freestanding wood-burning stove?
There are several reasons to choose a freestanding wood-burning stove. It offers a traditional and cozy heat source, can be used for cooking, does not require electricity, and can provide significant cost savings compared to other heating methods. It also adds a focal point and ambiance to a room.
Are freestanding wood-burning stoves efficient?
Freestanding wood-burning stoves can be highly efficient. Their efficiency is measured by their ability to convert the wood's energy into heat. Look for stoves with high efficiency ratings (typically above 70%). Additionally, proper installation, maintenance, and using dry wood can maximize the stove's efficiency.
Do I need a chimney for a freestanding wood-burning stove?
Yes, a freestanding wood-burning stove requires a chimney. The stove is connected to the chimney through a flue pipe, which safely directs the smoke and gases outside. The chimney should meet local building codes and be properly insulated to ensure proper ventilation and safety.
Can I use a freestanding wood-burning stove as the primary heat source?
Yes, a freestanding wood-burning stove can be used as the primary heat source. However, it is important to consider the size of the stove, the insulation of the space, and the climatic conditions of your area. A professional can help determine if a wood-burning stove is sufficient for your heating needs.
What maintenance is required for a freestanding wood-burning stove?
Regular maintenance is necessary to keep a freestanding wood-burning stove in good working condition. This includes cleaning the stove and flue, removing ashes, inspecting and replacing gaskets, and ensuring proper ventilation. It is recommended to have a professional chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney at least once a year.
Can I cook on a freestanding wood-burning stove?
Yes, some freestanding wood-burning stoves are designed with a flat cooking surface or a built-in oven, allowing you to cook on them. However, not all stoves have this feature, so if cooking is an essential requirement, make sure to choose a stove specifically designed for it.
What safety precautions should I take when using a freestanding wood-burning stove?
When using a freestanding wood-burning stove, it is important to follow safety precautions. Place the stove on a non-flammable surface, keep flammable materials away from the stove, use a fireproof screen or door to prevent sparks from escaping, install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and have a fire extinguisher nearby. It is also crucial to educate yourself on proper fire-building techniques.
Can I install a freestanding wood-burning stove myself?
While it is possible to install a freestanding wood-burning stove yourself, it is highly recommended to hire a professional for proper installation. A professional installer ensures that the stove meets building codes, the flue is correctly connected to the chimney, and all safety requirements are met. Improper installation can lead to hazards and inefficient operation.
Where can I find a list of the best freestanding wood-burning stoves?
You can find a list of the best freestanding wood-burning stoves on the Remodelista website. They have curated a selection of 10 top-rated stoves with various designs, sizes, and features. The list includes detailed descriptions, product specifications, and links to where you can purchase them.