Have you been contemplating a wood burning stove? Wondering if it is right for you and if it fits into your lifestyle?
There are some valid reasons people purchase wood stoves, lets look at a few below.
Perhaps one of the most common reasons is simply money, saving money. Wood heat is lower cost per btu than most other energy forms, especially electricity. In fact if you have access to wood, as many in Midland and Penetanguishene area do, it may be very low cost of sometimes even free. Some even reduce costs by having their wood stove space here in a central area, and keep it warm but let other parts of the home remain cooler. This used to be the normal way to live, we have gotten away from this practice with forced air heating systems which heat everything and frankly heating areas we do not use is simply a waste of energy, waste of earth resources and a waste of money. In fact the way many of use heat our homes is a big contributor to green house gases, simply because not only is the natural gas a contributor but the way we use it only makes it worse.
Today’s modern wood stove are high efficiency systems, approaching the same efficiency as many oil or gas burning systems, and they work well at maintaining low particle emissions as well – the major concern in the past with wood burning systems causing pollution.
Many have ultra modern high efficiency gas fired forced air furnaces, and high tech thermostats. Leading edge in energy conservation, and they are slightly ahead of the best wood stove systems no doubt. But they are often not comfortable. Part of a heating systems job is to keep us comfortable! The fact that a wood stove uses radiant heat, the same as the sun, makes it really difficult for any other system to compete in the way of comfort. The radiant heat of a wood stove truly warms in a way that hot air systems can’t.
A Green Energy Solution
Realistically if anybody has truly studied the net greenhouse gas emission of wood burning compared to other fossil fuels then this needs no explanation. Studies have concluded that oil and gas are both higher contributors to net greenhouse gas than wood heat, on average. If you have your own woodlot and cut your own wood then you are likely much below average!
There is also the positive impact of having heat without any power, yes when electricity goes off the wood still heats your home. This is something that not many other heating systems can claim.
But if you use wood keep safe, call at least annually for an inspection and chimney sweep. Find a WETT Certified Chimney Sweep or WETT Certified Advanced Chimney Sweep!
And to finish it off, many systems today are amazing in appearance. They just look great in a living area, and only get better with a fire flickering in the firebox.