Investing in a New Wood Stove
You may have heard that burning wood in a fireplace isn’t exactly the most efficient way to add supplemental heat to your home. Well, forget what you’ve heard about fireplaces. A wood stove is a totally different animal. Modern, well-made wood stoves in all their varieties of shapes, sizes and finishes are one of the best ways to add serious extra heat to any room or home.
The traditional wood-burning fireplace burns at about 15 percent efficiency. Granted, some of the latest models have new technology that increases their efficiency, but not by leaps and bounds. An appliance’s efficiency rating tells you how much of the energy it produces is actually converted into heat. Big masonry fireplaces = lots of show but little go.
Compare this with a sturdy wood stove, which will operate with up to 80 percent efficiency – that means an awful lot of heat available from the burning logs inside. With high efficiency, you spend less on wood. When you spend less on wood and get significant levels of heat, energy bills are reduced by as much as 40 percent. When traditional energy costs skyrocket . . . well, you can see what direction that percentage goes.
Today’s wood stove
If you aren’t familiar with the current market, you might imagine the old-fashioned, sooty, cumbersome, pot-bellied style of stove when you think about these appliances. There probably are some of those still around, but one trip through a hearth store these days quickly dispels many of the notions people have about wood stoves.
Today’s wood stoves come in many different shapes and sizes and are designed to fit in well with the décor concepts found in most homes. They’re actually a stylistic amenity, and many rooms are decorated specifically around the designs and finishes of the stoves placed within them.
Wood stove facts you may not know
· With their amazing efficiency, wood stoves are ideal appliances for zone heating in spaces from 400 to 3,000 square feet.
· A pre-made chimney pipe ensures safe and correct ventilation, no matter where you install the stove. As long as there’s space for the pipe to run up to the outside of the house, you can place your new stove anywhere.
· Even more heat can be realized with optional installed fans that gently spread warmth away from the stove. Fan-equipped stoves are great for warming up cold spots in a room.
· While wood stoves range in price from as little as $1,000 to as much as $10,000, units that are ideal for most home uses typically cost between $3,000 and $4,500 – this includes the stovepipe and the professional installation.
· A well-maintained wood stove in a home for sale is considered a perk by many homebuyers.
Investing in a beautiful new wood stove is an investment in quality, money-savings, safety and heat. If you’d like to know more about life with a wood stove, the experts at Inglenook Energy Center in Conifer, Colo., are here to help. We sell, service and install the stoves that keep America warm. Call us at (303) 838-3612, or stop by and see us at 26731 Main St.