the Best Wood
wood stoves guide will help you pick the best wood stoves that
will meet your needs. the
best wood stoves
on the market depends on your opinion, but in our opinion
the best wood stoves on the market are the cleanest
with the longest
burn time, but first..
hard can it be to pick the best wood burning stove?
Pretty hard if your thought process is to look for the
best looking wood burning stove. From what I've seen lately the
best looking stoves are not the most efficient stoves on the market. Any stove
with a catalytic devise has a built in technology which burns excess gasses
before they leave the stove.
That increases the efficiency of fuel burnt
before it enters the chimney pipe and creates creosote build
up. You can read more about a wood stove with a catalytic converter at
wood stove review.
mind this review of the best wood stoves will not cover the biomass or corn
burning heating or pellet stoves. This is a new concept on the market and it's
best to review more about the Magnum 6500 Biomass stove
and furnace. They also offer other corn burning stoves. This also applies to
the electric fireplaces. best wood stoves on the market
Here are the top 5
Questions you need answered before you can decide on the best wood stoves
for your home.
- How many square feet do I
want to keep warm?
- Does the wood
burning stoves meet federal tax credit specs?
- What is the efficiency
rating of the wood stove?
- What is the emissions
rating of the wood stove?
- How long will it burn on
square feet do I want to heat?
If you have a two story home
or a home that has the wood stove at one end of the house you will find it
really hard to heat the entire home. The back end (usually bedrooms) do not
receive much of the heat. It might be wise to read about the best
location of wood stoves
to get some good ideas on where to place your unit.
Depending on your second
story you will either get all the heat upstairs or very little heat. Determine
the rooms you want to heat and then multiple each room (12 x 12 room = 144 sq.
ft) The best wood stoves will come with a blower option to help you push the
heat in your home.
Does the wood stove
meet federal tax credit specs?
During the 2009-10 year, the
federal government will give you a 30% tax credit on select models of wood
stoves. These stoves have met their guidelines for air quality and safety. If
you purchase a $2000 wood burning stove you will receive a $600 tax credit on
your income tax. The government will give you 30% or up to $1500 tax rebate.
tax credit is still in effect for 2011.
What is the
This boils down to the specs
that are offered by the manufacturer. Some wood stoves will burn at 75%
efficiency and others will approach the 80% range. Obviously the higher the
number the better your stove will operate.
What is the
emissions rating of the best wood stoves?
Emission ratings are
measured in grams per hour. The lower the number the better your wood stove
will burn. The manufacturer will give you their emission ratings on all their
stoves. Pay attention to these ratings because if it is to high, that stove will
not qualify for the federal tax credit.
will it burn on low settings?
This is a number that is
critical to wood burning stove users who use wood heat as their primary heat source. We
are primary wood burners which means our home will be cool in the morning
because our stove does not burn wood for more than 8 hours. The newer stoves
will burn from 20 to 40 hours on one load. Take a look at our 40
we purchased last year after our house burnt down.
Just remember to measure the
firebox or get the measurements because a larger firebox will
allow you to add more wood and keep the fire burning longer. To our family
anything in the 20+ hour range we consider one of the
Along those lines remember
various fuels will last longer than others in cast iron
stoves. Oak is heavy and the denser the wood the longer it burns. Out
in our neck of the woods we use a lot of cherry and apple and we love this type
of fuel because it will last longer than the fir we can pick up in the forest.
If you do not use your wood
stove as a primary heat source then it's not that important to you. You will be
able to find the best wood stoves that burn from 6 hours up to 20 hours. This is a
primary concern for us, but not for those who enjoy an occasional fire.
After you find the wood
burning stove that meets this criteria then you can select the best looking
stove. However, if your wife gets involved then good luck and that is why we
are looking for a new stove this coming year.
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