Features of Wood Stoves
In the past, wood burner stoves have been associated with smoky-filled air and flying sparks. This is luckily no longer the case. Today’s latest models of wood stoves have improved safety features and improved burn times making it a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to heat your home.
With a wood burning stove, you don’t need to be held hostage to the unpredictable prices of fossil fuels — you’ll be able to heat your home even in a power outage.
Increased efficiency. Today’s wood stoves require less firewood to heat your home. Some high-efficiency models may be eligible for a government rebate.
Reduced particle output. While every wood fire releases particles into the air, many systems are designed to minimize particle exhaust output. In the US, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sets out acceptable emissions guidelines to improve the air quality and ensure manufacturers meet minimal standards.
Size and heat output. Are you planning on heating your whole house, or perhaps just a room or two? It’s important you speak to one of our knowledgeable sales members who can help you find the right size for your heating needs.
Removable ashpan. Many models of stoves come with a removable liner or ashpan which collects ashes as your wood stove is in use. This makes it easier to clean and needs to be emptied periodically, perhaps weekly if you’re using it daily.
Types of Firewood and Fuel
While technically you could go out and chop your own firewood in Cape Cod or Plymouth, Massachusetts, it’s important that you season the firewood first. Seasoned wood has been cut and allowed to cure or dry anywhere from six to 12 months. This helps reduce the amount of moisture in the logs as drier wood burns better. If you burn “green” firewood that has not been seasoned, it creates more soot, produces less heat and is harder to clean up.
Here are a few other fuel alternatives to traditional seasoned firewood:
Smart Logs. These are long-burning logs that are designed to be cleaner-burning resulting in less odor and easier clean-up. These are made of a combination of hardwood by-products.
Bio Bricks. Made of recycled wood waste in a compressed brick shape, Bio Bricks are easy to store and are designed to produce fewer ashes with longer burn times.
Whether you decide to purchase Napoleon, Enviro, Harman or Iron Strike wood stoves, some common sense safety tips apply to all wood burning stoves:
Before lighting a fire, open the damper to allow air to circulate and keep it open until the fire is extinguished.
Don’t use too much firewood at once as this is a potential fire hazard and creates excessive amounts of creosote.
Place a fire screen in front of your wood burning stove, especially if you have young children or pets.
Install a carbon monoxide detector outside of your bedroom to alert you of dangerous levels of gas build-up.