Here are some steps to help you enjoy the buying experience of wood stoves.
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Tips one; know why you want wood stoves. What main purpose will the stove serve? Heating, cooking, ambiance or some combination? How much heat does the stove need to provide? Are you heating a single room, a whole floor, a good-sized house, or a cottage? A final question is how often the stove will be used-frequently or occasionally? Knowing what you want your wood stoves to accomplish is the first step toward buying the perfect model.
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Tips two; read the small print, but read it casually. When you look at models, find the stickers on the stoves that tell you they are EPA-certified. This means they are environmentally friendly and burn efficiently. If you’re shopping for stoves online, this information will be readily available. The EPA approval is the important thing.
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Tips three; don’t buy the biggest, shiniest stove you can find-unless that’s what you need. You can buy a Hummer for cross-country driving without sacrificing comfort. But buying large stoves for small heating needs causes potential fire hazards and stuffy rooms. In addition, wood stoves that are too large cost you money. To control the heat, you’ll be forced to cut down the stove’s air supply-which will reduce efficiency and waste fuel. Buying over-sized wood stoves is a common mistake-but not one that you have to make.
Ultimately, a solid understanding of why you want a wood burning stove, with your climate, house type and fuel choice factored in, will lead you to the correctly-sized, EPA-approved models.
At that point, the purchase gets fun: Which colors and styles of wood stoves do you prefer?