Heating with a wood stove

In areas where wood is dependably available at low cost, wood stove heating can save money over a gas or oil system.

That’s never more true than for those who harvest their own firewood. Heating the home with a wood stove takes real commitment. Every morning, you need to start a new fire. In the absence of a backup heating system, there must always be someone at home to tend to fire. For people who enjoy a modern lifestyle, heating with a wood stove would be a monumental inconvenience. Of course, unlike fossil fuels, wood is a renewable resource. For some, that’s reason enough to think seriously about making the switch from a traditional oil ir fuel gas fueled system. A wood stove cannot simply be matched by a system that’s controlled by a thermostat on the wall. A wood stove based heating system presents many challenges. The science of dispersing the heat that the stove produces can be challenging because you want the air to be circulated as well as created. Using a wood stove fan helps create a more comfortable environment in the dog days of summer. Rising heat causes the fan blades to turn, and the fan pushes that heat created by the stove, outward into the room more evenly dispersing it. You could also buy a plug in blower and position is beneath or next to the wood stove. The blower pushes heat away from the unit, maximizing heat flow. A wood stove offers much benefit. It’s something great to look at and is great for your home’s overall energy efficiency. It all depends on what you want to get out of a wood stove and what you’re willing to put into it. It’s one of those things when you get out what you put in.