Why Heat with Wood

Wood Stove Heating Offers a Number of Advantages

By Mark J. Donovan

Heating with wood stoves has been done for thousands of years. Wood is plentiful around much of the world and it is typically less expensive than burning other types of fuel such as propane, natural gas, oil, coal or electricity. Harvesting wood is also easier to do.

No one can just go out on their back 40 and simply drill a natural gas well, or mine coal, or even create their own electrical generation plant. However, a man with an axe, and small forest in his backyard, can heat his home, with the help of a wood stove for decades.

Though the primary heat for most homes today is fueled by oil, gas or electricity, heating with wood stoves, for at least supplemental reasons, is still common. In the northeast United States, for example, where trees are prolific you can’t drive down a country road in the winter without finding at least a couple of homes burning wood stoves.

Wood stoves also can help to heat food. As a matter of fact, some wood stoves have unique cooking surfaces integrated into them.

Though some urban dwellers may ask why heat with wood stoves, wood stoves offer a number of key advantages, particularly during a power outage. Extended power outages are still common, and quite honestly seem to becoming increasingly common. In just the last 3 years alone we’ve lost our power on three separate occasions for 11 days, 3 days and 5 days.

And we’re only 40 minutes from downtown Boston, MA. In these situations a wood stove can make the difference in making your home livable, and saving your home from burst water pipes. In addition, it can serve as a safe cooking source.

Wood stoves also provide a unique and historical charm. Many of today’s modern wood stoves look absolutely stunning. Some have glass front windows so you can observe their flame. And unlike a traditional wood burning fireplace, wood stoves are extremely efficient in heating. Contrary to a wood burning fireplace, warm air from the home isn’t sucked up the chimney after the fire goes out.

The best type of wood to burn in wood stoves is hardwood. Burning softwood, such as pine, is a recipe for creosote buildup in the chimney and chimney fires. Here in New England we typically burn Oak or Maple.

Also, after cutting and splitting the fire wood, it’s important to let the wood dry out for 6 to 9 months.

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The drier the wood the more heat that will be produced by the wood, and the lower the risk of chimney fires.

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