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Wood-burning stove FAQ

What is a wood-burning stove?

A wood burning stove is a heating appliance designed to burn wood fuel for the purpose of providing heat to a living space.

It is commonly used for residential heating and offers an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional heating methods.

What are the benefits?

  • Energy efficiency: Wood stoves can provide efficient heat production, often with high combustion efficiency.
  • Cost savings: Wood fuel is generally cheaper than other heating options, potentially leading to reduced energy costs.
  • Renewable energy source: Wood is a renewable resource, making it an environmentally friendly heating choice.
  • Backup heating: Wood stoves can provide heat during power outages, ensuring continuous comfort.

How does a wood burning stove work?

Wood burning stoves operate by burning wood fuel in a controlled combustion process. Air is drawn into the stove through vents, and the combustion process releases heat, which is then transferred to the room through the stove's outer casing and sometimes a fan or blower.

What woods can be used as fuel?

Hardwoods like oak, maple, and cherry are excellent choices as they burn slowly and produce more heat. Softwoods like pine and fir burn faster and are good for quickly warming up a space, but they may produce more creosote buildup in the chimney.

For more detailed information on the environmental impact of wood-burners, click below

How do I maintain my wood-burning stove?

Regular maintenance is important for safety and efficiency. Make sure to:

  • Clean the ash and soot build-up from the stove regularly.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney to prevent creosote build-up and potential chimney fires.
  • Check door seals and gaskets for proper functioning.
  • Have a professional inspect and clean the chimney annually.

Further questions

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