In areas where wood is plentiful, a wood stove can offer a heat efficient way to heat a home. New wood stove designs offer a virtually smokeless burn with superior heat production. Available in all shapes and sizes, wood stoves and offer a visual charm to a home.
Wood stoves can also provide a home owner with peace of mind in areas that regularly suffer recurring power outages. A wood stove, as a primary or secondary heat source, can continue to warm a home with no electricity. It can also provide a venue for emergency cooking if a power outage spans a day or more.
A home owner must have a wood stove professionally installed. Remember to report the wood stove to the home owners insurance agent to make sure the houses insurance fire coverage stays in effect.
Burning wood also benefits the environment. Wood is a renewable substance. Most areas of national forest have designated wood cutting areas where downed trees and old limbs need to be removed to benefit the forest.
If a person cannot harvest wood themselves most areas sell wood that can be successfully used in a wood stove. Unfortunately, the home owner is faced with the need to have an area to store the wood out of the weather and rain. Wood should be dry and already seasoned prior to cutting or burning. It will need stored in a dry location. Wet or green wood can take up to 18 months to successfully dry out and season before it can be successfully burned.
Homeowners who choose to heat their homes with wood will be faced with the expense of maintaining the chimney. The chimney will require yearly cleaning with a licensed chimney sweep to prevent creosote buildup from occurring which can result in a fire. The homeowner will be faced with regularly removing the ash accumulation in the bottom of the wood stove and successfully disposing of it. Remember that even though the ash may appear to be cold, it may still harbor hot, small coals. Care should be taken to always dispose of ash in a fireproof container to prevent any unwanted fires from occurring. Quickly scoop the ash and remove it from the house to prevent a fire from occurring.
Never burn anything but wood in a wood burning fireplace. Many homeowners are temptied to dispose of garbage or even yard debris through burning but this can be extremely dangerous. Many colored papers, papers or plastics produce toxic fumes. Garbage can also produce an excessive amount of smoke which is harmful to the environment. Numerous substances also cause a residue to buildup in the chimney and stove which can be dangerous.
One wood stove, professionally installed in the central living location of a home is enough to successfully heat the entire house. A fuel efficient, EPA certified wood stove can offer a homeowner peace of mind. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles to heat virtually any square footage.