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Why a Wood Stove

Pros of Wood Stoves

Wood stoves have been an effective alternative to depending on the power grid that we have all been more and more dependent on. Wood stoves use a renewable resource that does not contribute to the greenhouse emissions, as there is no net gain in carbon emissions. Firewood is still readily available from many wood lots or private wood cutters, even you can buy pressed logs form many hearth stove dealers and farm supply stores. Pressed logs are usually cleaner, uniform in size, and easier to handle.  Extra care has to given to pressed logs as they must be kept dry prior to burning them.  It never hurts to try two or three different brands of pressed logs to determine which works best for you.

When the power goes out in the wintertime, a wood stove is one of the best ways to keep your family warm.  There   are no electricity requirements and no moving parts to break right in the middle of the winter.  Even if you do not want to heat your home on a daily bases, wood stoves can be one of the best backup heat available.  You will not be dependent on any gas lines, or power lines.  Some emergency wood fuel could be easily stored from any scrape lumber you may have left over, or if you are really desperate, just be alert for free wood signs that business have left over scraps that could be cut up into firewood, and could be used in a pinch.

If you are expecting to use your wood stove as a primary heat source.  A wood stove can be excellent choice for a heat source.  The primary reason most people want to heat with wood is to keep their heat cost down.  A wood stove can accomplish that goal in two ways. First fire wood is lower in cost per BTU (British Thermal Unit) of heat. Second a wood stove is considered a zone heater instead of a central heater.  This means that you are effectively heating the area that the stove is located in, with some of the heat dissipating into the rest of the house. The area that the stove is located will be the warmest.  Just by zone heating, you can reduce your heat bill.

Present day wood stoves can meet and even exceed some of the toughest states emission standards.  These new high tech stoves are up to 30% more efficient then their predecessors. This can be a big savings on the cost of fuel as now you will burn approx 30% less fuel to heat the same area, at the same time putting less smoke and pollutants into your neighborhood.  The new high tech stoves have been a real win for the consumers.

When purchasing a new wood stove, remember bigger is not better.  The new high tech stoves need to burn hot in order to be at their peak efficiency.  If the stove is to large for the area in which it is to be located, there will be a tendency to burn to cool, or you will be opening windows, which is a waste of fuel and money.  Ceiling fans and stove unit fans can help disperse the heat into other areas of the home.