Some Advantages of Modern Wood Stoves
Thanks to rising heating bills, there is a renewed interest in alternative methods of heating homes and businesses. Wood stoves are one heating method that is increasing in popularity. With a variety of designs and technological advances, modern wood stoves are much more efficient than older models.
Wood stoves are available with the capacity to heat just one room or a whole house. When choosing a stove, it is important to consider the heating capacity of the stove in relation to the size of the space to be heated. A 2000 square foot home can usually be heated comfortably with a wood stove rated at 60,000 BTUs. A professional installer can assist in choosing the ideal stove size for the space to be heated in the residence or business.
Modern wood stoves are equipped with a catalytic combustor. The combustor essentially forces the smoke generated by burning to itself be burned. This process increases the heat output of the stove and ensures that it generates almost no pollution. Combustors developed as a result of stringent Environmental Protection Agency limits on pollutants generated by burning wood.
The increased output is a remarkable side effect of the EPA’s push to decrease air pollution. A second positive side effect is that less wood must be burned to heat. This saves money on wood purchases. Modern wood stoves are also much safer, since the nearly total burning of fuel greatly lessens the buildup of flammable residue in the chimney.
A variety of features further enhance the experience of owning a wood stove. Some are equipped with an air wash system that keeps the front glass window clean. A few models are equipped with blowers to circulate warmed air through the room. Many wood stoves are equipped with dual or reversible doors to facilitate loading and increase options for placement in the home.
From contemporary steel or cast iron boxlike structures to designs reminiscent of old fashioned pioneer stoves, there is a wood stove to suit any décor. Contemporary designs often feature larger glass viewing windows to emphasize the beauty of the fire itself. Some designs borrow elements from the past, with rounded edges and ornate decorative detailing.
Older wood stoves can be retrofitted with devices to increase their efficiency and reduce emissions. Catalytic damper kits are available, but should be installed in conjunction with heat sensors to monitor temperatures. Since not all older wood stoves can be safely retrofitted, it is best to consult a professional wood stove installer prior to purchase or installation of the kit.
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