Who Makes The Best Wood Stoves

Published: 23rd December 2011
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This wood stoves guide will help you pick the best wood stoves that will meet your needs, but first..

How hard can it be to pick the best wood burning stove?

Pretty hard if your thought process is to look for the best looking wood burning stove. From what I've seen lately the best looking stoves are not the most efficient on the market.

Here are the top 5 Questions you need answered before you can decide on the best stove for your home.

* How many square feet do I want to keep warm?
* Does the stove meet federal tax credit specs?
* What is the efficiency rating of the unit?
* What is the emissions rating of the wood stove?
* How long will it burn on low settings?

How many square feet do I want to heat?

If you have a two story home or a home that has the unit at one end of the house you will find it really hard to heat the entire home. The back end (usually bedrooms) do not receive much of the
heat.

Depending on your second story you will either get all the heat upstairs or very little heat. Determine the rooms you want to heat and then multiply each room (12 x 12 room = 144 sq. ft)

Does the fireplace meet federal tax credit specs?

During the 2009-10 year, the federal government will gave a 30% tax credit on select models of these burning units. These stoves had to meet their guidelines for air quality and safety. If you had purchased a
$2000 unit you would have received a $600 tax credit on your income tax. The government will give you 30% or up to $1500 tax rebate.

What is the efficiency rating?

This boils down to the specs that are offered by the manufacturer. Some wood stoves will burn at 75% efficiency and others will approach the 80% range. Obviously the higher the number the better your stove will operate.

What is the emissions rating of the wood stove?

Emmission ratings are measured in grams per hour. The lower the number the better your wood stove will burn. The manufacturer will give you their emission ratings on all wood stoves. Pay attention to
these ratings because if it is to high, that stove will not qualify for the federal tax credit.

How long will it burn on low settings?

This is a number that is critical to wood stove users who use wood heat as their primary heat source. We are primary wood burners which means our home will be cool in the morning because our stove does
not burn wood for more than 8 hours. The newer stoves will burn up to 20 hours on one load.

If you do not use your wood stove as a primary heat source then it's not that important to you. You will be able to find wood stoves that burn from 6 hours up to 20 hours. This is a primary concern for us,
but not for those who enjoy an occasional fire.

And finally......

After you find the wood burning stove that meets this criteria then you can select the best looking stove. However, if your wife gets involved then good luck and that is why we are looking for a new
stove this coming year.

If you are having a tough decision to make, wood stoves guide has specific models for all the major wood stove makers.

How to pick the best wood stoves offers many links and pictures to the top manufacturers of wood stoves. Click It.

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