Wood stoves are an economical alternative to built-in, open fireplaces and are available in a variety of styles and designs. Before you buy a wood stove, make sure the unit meets local air quality regulations.
Wood stoves on the market today are made with a new triple burn technology to meet EPA environmental standards. The triple burn technology directs three streams of air into the stove to maximize the combustion process, ensuring the wood is fully burned and reducing the amount of creosote in your chimney. As a result, wood stoves have lower emission rates so they are more efficient and use less wood.
In addition to the certification on the stove, you should ensure that your unit is installed by someone who has the Wood Energy Technician Training designation. This not only provides you with the assurance that your wood stove is installed properly, but it’s also a requirement to insure your home.
The size of the area that you are planning to heat will determine the size of wood stove that you purchase. A stove that is too small will not adequately heat the area and you will end up burning more wood. At the same time, a stove that is too large may burn too hot and cause you to reduce the air supply into the stove, a practice that reduces the stove’s efficiency but, more importantly, will result in creosote build-up in your chimney and could lead to a serious fire.
When you visit Mason Place Fireplace and BBQ in Keswick, you will find a selection of quality wood stoves and fireplaces that meet all the necessary safety codes. The knowledgeable staff will work with you to help you create what you have in mind. For more information go to www.masonplace.com