What does the word wood-stove bring to mind? Perhaps the “roaring fire”, the “incredible warmth”, the “glowing dancing, flickering flames”. Whatever it is, many of us enjoy wood-stoves for varying reasons. Wood-stove industry has made incredible gains in the past decade or two, and if your wood-stove is over 20 years old, it is likely time to consider replacement. While you may consider replacing an appliance to save energy costs, many forget about the wood-stove as it appears to be old-technology. In fact the wood-stove has made perhaps greater gains in efficiency and pollution emissions in the past two decades than any other home appliance.
However, the same can not be said of the fireplace. An open fireplace is notoriously inefficient, and some of them can actually make your home colder. The use and idea of a fireplace is actually not in anyway related to efficiency of green house gas emissions. They can be made better with a fireplace insert, and an insulated chimney liner, but still not as good as the best EPA certified wood-stoves.
Fact is for most people, the best option for flexibility, cost, efficiency and green house gas reductions is the certified wood-stove.