A wood burning stove is an outdoor heating appliance that uses wood as fuel and wood-based biomass fuel, including sawdust or mulch. Generally the appliance is comprised of a sturdy metal enclosed fire box, frequently lined with decorative fire brick, and at least one or more adjustable air controls. In addition, wood burning stoves generally include a grate that can be lowered to allow fuel to enter the burning chamber and a flue that can be sealed to prevent smoke from escaping. These stoves are available in a variety of styles, sizes, and designs. Many types of chimney stoves are designed to accept a variety of different kinds of fuel (such as wood, lignite, or coal), so that they can be used for both heating and cooking purposes. While these types of stoves tend to be more expensive than other types of chimney stoves, they are also more energy efficient and can be great features for any home or farm.
Wood Burning Stove Cleaning
Most homes and commercial buildings that employ a wood burning stove will have a small opening in the top of the firebox. This is called the chimney outlet, which allows wood pellets and other debris to flow down into the bottom of the firebox. For safety reasons, it should always be closed after each use. If you have a wood burning stove in your home, you should always have your chimney outlet cleaned periodically, by a professional chimney sweep or by a licensed contractor. By having this equipment serviced regularly, you can ensure that it is working in the most efficient manner possible.
Direct & Indirect Wood Burning Stoves
There are two types of wood burning stoves – direct and indirect. The first is a type of stove that is on the same level as the fire; therefore, the ash does not need to be removed from the top of the firebox. The second is a type of stove that sits on a platform above the fire, with the bottom part of the stove connected to the fire. Direct wood burning stoves take more time to get ready because of the amount of time needed for the combustion process.
An Ash Pan
You should have an ash pan on your wood burning stoves for your drainage needs. These stoves emit a lot of smoke so you should always have a clean ash pan for each load. The ash pan helps remove any bits of fluff that may accumulate when you are cleaning the firebox. If you are using a propane gas stove, then the propane tanks will need to be refilled periodically to provide adequate air to push the ash out of the firebox. For wood burning stoves with wood logs, there is generally no need to refill the logs.
The size of the space where you intend to place your wood burning stove will affect what type of stove you purchase. There are stoves that are designed to heat up an area the size of a small room while others can heat up to a space as large as a small bedroom. The design of the stove determines the amount of heat generated and how much heat is required to produce the desired level of warmth in a given area.
Wood Burning Stove Safety
As you can see, the efficiency of a wood burning stove depends on many factors such as the design of the stove, the size of the space it is intended to heat, the efficiency of the fuel used, and the location you intend to heat. If you want to purchase a stove with the highest efficiency rating, then you should purchase one made by Gas Safe. These stoves are manufactured under the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) standards for energy efficiency. If you want to purchase the most efficient fireplace, then you should purchase a fireplace insert which is installed with a wood stack.