Wood stove surrounds absorb the heat of the fire and radiate it through the room, even after the flames have gone out. By placing material behind, below and on the sides of your wood stove, you can capture heat that gets lost behind your stove and radiate it back into your space. The more efficient your stove is at heating your home, the lower your gas or electric bill will be. Wood stove surrounds can be made of a variety of materials to suit your budget and taste. While more expensive, stone or metal surrounds store heat better than those made of materials like brick or glass.