How to Maximize Heat from a Wood Stove


A wood stove is an efficient way to heat your home if used properly. Burning wood is a clean alternative to gas or electric furnaces. Wood stoves give off little pollution and are environmentally friendly if you purchase a quality wood stove. Proper installation, location and use ensures that the wood stove heats your home efficiently and safely. High-density hardwoods, such as ash, oak, hickory and honeylocust, give off more heat than softer woods, thus adding to the efficiency.

  • Purchase a quality wood stove with tight-fitting parts . Wood stoves gain efficiency by their ability to control combustion air. An air-tight unit enables the unit to maximize the heat in the home.

  • Place the wood stove in a central location in the room. This ensures that it effectively heats the area since many models do not have positive circulation systems. Placing the unit so that the heat can be circulated by a central-heating cold-air-return system is another option.

  • Install the stovepipe so it is as straight and short as possible. This provides the maximum heat efficiency from the stove. The pipe should never be longer than 8 to 10 feet or contain more than two 90-degree angles.

  • Remove the stovepipe at least twice a year. This allows you to clean out the soot, which helps increase the heating capacity, saves fuel and prevents fire hazards.

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