Green Living: Understanding Wood Heat Stoves Efficiency

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Long ago, camps would be built around fires and people would sleep around the campfires to stay warm. Native Americans built their teepees and longhouses around the fires that warmed their homes during winter. Fire is a wonderful source of heat, but it needs to be contained and made safe. This need cued the invention of the fireplace. Pre-dating the civil war, this was a stone-lined, fireproof area set into the wall. A fire was lit inside and the heated air flowed into the house while the smoke wafted up the chimney. Because stoves were not yet invented, women cooked over the open fireplaces. This was an improvement to an open campfire, but it still only made most houses just above freezing. However, in the 21st century, the most common heating sources have become that of electric heaters and furnaces which run on gas, electric, and natural gas. They are easy to use and are incredibly low maintenance. It is as easy as flipping a switch on the thermostat and paying the electric and gas bills. However, wood stoves have been used all throughout history and are still widely used today.

2 good reasons you should try using wood heat stoves in your home

WoodStoveSince the woodstove was invented in 1728, residents of the United States have depended on it. These wood heating stoves were made of cast iron and were produced in quantity. Interestingly, the original stoves were of a German design and were called Five-plate or Jamb stoves. However, Benjamin Franklin developed his own design of cast iron stove in 1744. Franklin’s new Pennsylvania woodstove surpassed the efficiency of other inventions, and are still popular heating stoves today. In fact, most stoves can be used for burning both coal or wood.

It may be surprising that nearly 50% of homes in the north-east of the United States still use wood stoves as their primary source of heat. There are many different kinds of woodstoves – and in recent years, the pellet stove (a woodstove that burns pellets of compressed wood and biomass) has become quite popular. While some of the most common home heating systems are furnaces which work by blowing heated air through a duct system that runs through the house, furnaces can run on different types of fuel, but natural gas, oil, and electricity are the most common sources of energy currently available. There are many types of wood stoves, ranging from outdoor wood heating furnaces to indoor fireplace insert wood stoves, to indoor pellet stoves. Here are the perks of woodstoves:
  • Woodstoves are slightly cheaper to purchase and install. While the average furnace only costs $1,350, it costs an additional $3,620 to have it installed in your home. A woodstove, however, costs $3,500.
  • Woodstoves can be an incredibly cheap source of heat if you are able to maintain it yourself and can provide the wood fuel that it needs. While you constantly have to pay for gas and electric for your furnace, the wood for a woodstove can be free if you live in a forest or can harvest your own wood.

Consider getting wood heat stoves!

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