It might be a little early in the year to be thinking about something like the heating system of your home, what with it being the month of April and all. However, consider this— it’s always good to keep things in mind so you can plan in advance.
The wood-burning stove is a traditional home appliance that has been used since colonial times in America. It is typically made of metal— either steel or cast iron— and generates heat by burning wood in an enclosed chamber.
They can be placed in almost any room of your home, but need a source through which emanating gas and fumes may escape the house.
Although these old-fashioned ovens have been around for some time now, they have been becoming more and more popular among homeowners and interior designers. Wood-burning stoves serve the home not only in the practical sense of providing a heat source, but in the aesthetic sense as well. Rustic interior and exterior designs are all the rage for homeowners these days— it’s a great way to arrange the home to capture the magical airs of earthiness and tranquility. What better way to complement your home than with an homage to yesteryear in the form of the ever-nostalgic wood-burning stove?
Here are some other reasons why you should consider buying a wood-burning stove for your home.
Great Heat Output
Traditional fireplaces tend to lose a lot of their heat through the chimney. Wood-burning stoves, on the other hand, are better at heating the room because they provide a controlled burn— preventing the heat of the fire from escaping.
Additionally, these stoves are effective at warming the room very quickly, in comparison to other heat sources.
There are wood-burning stoves of various sizes and energy output levels, giving you options in choosing the right oven appropriate for the size of the room that it will be used in.
For an appliance that was invented in the 1700s or so, the wood-burning stove is actually very energy efficient. Compared to the efficiency levels of an open fireplace— around 20-25%— a wood stove can reach levels up to 80% efficient.
Even though technological advancements have led us to an age where we’re rarely disrupted by power outages, there are still natural disasters and extreme weather conditions that can cut off all our electrical energy sources. Winter has become particularly more unpredictable in more recent years, with many people across the country being met with electrical, gas, and oil shortages because of freezing conditions and flooding. This unfortunately means that a lot of people have been suffering through major parts of the winter without any heat source.
A wood-burning stove does not require any oil, electric, or gas power for it to function. It is reliable in all weather conditions, and will never let you or your family down with regard to keeping you all warm in your home when modern technology has failed you.
This touches on an initial point we made in a way—i.e. the positive aesthetic attributes that a wood-burning stove brings to a room.
However, to be more precise, wood-burning stoves provide warmth in both a figurative and literal sense— literally in increasing the actual temperature of the room, and figuratively in the unique feeling it provides when the entire family is circled around it during the coldest of nights.
Even watching the flames crackle as you exchange stories and unwind from the labor of walking through the cold conditions outside is enough to make the home feel even homier.
Picture this— you and your family wrapped up in your robes and blankets, sipping hot tea, reminiscing, laughing, and having a warm moment, while the frost nips at your windows outside. Pretty, isn’t it?