How to Put in a Stove that Burns Wood


Wood-burning stoves are popular now for two of the oldest and most persuasive arguments: cost and aesthetics.

First, it can be much more cost-effective than using other fuel types, and second; nothing beats a real fireplace when it comes to making you feel all toasty and comfortable. There is a wood-burning stove for everyone, whether you prefer your savings to be dressed as something sleek and futuristic or disguised as a classic addition to a country kitchen.

However, not everyone enjoys using a wood stove. The savings can be substantial if your lifestyle is suited to using a wood-burning stove. There’s also the “installation” problem to solve. If you’re considering installing a wood burner, here are some of the numerous things you should consider.

Point 1

Do you have access to a steady and reasonably priced solid fuel supply in your area? Specifically, what kind of fuel is this? Well-seasoned logs and other forms of solid wood, wood chips, and wood pellets can be used in wood burners. However, some wood-burning stoves work best with (or are limited to) using just certain kinds of fuel.

Before deciding on a particular brand to install or beginning the project, you must know how you will fuel your burner. Transporting solid fuel can be expensive because of its weight and size, negating any savings from using it.

Wood pellets are made as consistently sized little blocks of compressed sawdust; wood chips are small fragments of wood such as what comes out of those wood chippers used by tree surgeons; and seasoned wood has been permitted to cure naturally for at least a year.

Point 2

Your wood fuel storage area should be dry, conveniently located, and reasonably large. Having to haul logs from the shed at the foot of the garden is not an ideal situation. Thus, the location should also be accessible to the wood burner itself. If you intend to use an automatic fuel loading hopper (for wood pellets or occasionally wood chips), the fuel store should be close to the burner.

Point 3

A wood stove can only be used with a chimney lined with a wood-safe venting material. Consider the expense of having a wood-burning stove installed if you already have a chimney and want to use it. If you don’t have a chimney, you’ll need to figure out an alternative location for the flue, keeping in mind that you’ll likely also have to adhere to local building codes.

Point 4

Stoves that use wood are most effective when running at maximum capacity, meaning the fuel is burned quickly rather than slowly. In most cases, a fast burn will generate more heat than is necessary or desirable, but turning off the fire will prevent any heat from being produced.

An “accumulator” tank, which is just an oversized insulated hot water cylinder, systematically addresses this issue. This “heat battery” stores the surplus heat produced by a rapid burn and distributes it to the home’s radiators and hot water taps as needed over many days.

In addition to installing solar panels and deep cycle batteries to store excess solar energy, many individuals install an accumulator tank to store the heat they collect. Solar and wood burner systems can share an accumulator to maximize energy savings.

Point 5

Domestic heating is a topic that has been the subject of more laws and regulations than you can shake a stick at. Then there are the incentives, such as grants and other incentive programs, which can drastically cut your installation expenses if you know how to apply.

Both this in-depth article [] about installing wood-burning stoves specifically and this one [] about wood stove technology, in general, go into greater depth on the topics discussed above, including additional detail on compliance with regulations.

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