Airtight and highly efficient, today’s modern wood burning stoves, gas stoves, and pellet stoves leave their predecessors in the dust. Eliminating emissions courtesy of advances in heating technology, modern heat stoves offer a variety of fuel sources and features to meet an array of end-user needs.
How Do They Do It?
New wood burning stoves, gas stoves, and pellet stoves feature technology that reduces smoke and creosote buildup. Non-catalytic stove types direct these byproducts to a secondary combustion chamber, adding air to re-ignite unburned fuel, while catalytic models employ a platinum grid to trap exhaust and combust it. Both methods improve efficiency and decrease maintenance.
Freestanding stoves by Regency, Napoleon, Blaze King, and Enviro offer a variety of fuel options to better suit your needs:
Wood Burning Stoves – According to the EPA, today’s wood burning stoves use 1/3 less wood and are potentially 50% more efficient than wood burning fireplaces, allowing you to regulate fire intensity with air flow. Wood burning stoves also radiate heat well after fire is extinguished. Offering a variety of shapes and sizes, modern wood burning stoves can add unmatched ambiance to any setting.
Gas Stoves – Gas stoves offer the look of wood burning models, but are fueled with natural gas or propane, providing fast, convenient access to heat. Many come with faux wood inserts that closely resemble the real thing – without the need for hauling wood or cleaning ash. Gas stoves are typically more efficient than wood burning stoves, however the price of gas in your area may determine which option is most economical.
Pellet Stoves – Environmentally friendly pellet stoves offer efficient, cost effective heating fueled by compressed pellets comprised of sawdust and other agricultural crop waste products. Housed in an electric hopper (with optional battery backup), pellets are dispensed as needed for the desired level of heating. Pellet stoves produce less dust and creosote than wood burning stoves, and are more efficient. They also typically feature faux wood inserts for a realistic look.
Stoves are typically constructed of three common materials, which effect heat delivery:
Steel – Quickly heats up – but loses heat just as rapidly.
Cast Iron – Offers a softer heat. Takes longer to heat up, but radiates heat longer as well.
Soapstone – Also offers a soft heat, and is both the slowest to heat and cool.
Not a Fireplace
Whether you purchase a wood burning stove, gas stove, or pellet stove, all stove models vary from their fireplace counterparts. Generally built-in, fireplaces are not freestanding like stoves, though both require a fixed location. Unlike fireplaces, heat stoves feature an enclosed structure that may be left to burn slowly overnight. Due to venting issues and errant sparks; however, they should never be operated with the door opened without a spark screen and supervision.