A wood-burning stove is a type of heating device that uses wood or other biomass derived from wood such as wood pellets as its fuel. The appliance usually has a closed fire chamber, which is made of solid metal (usually steel or cast iron) a brick base for the fire as well as an adjustable system of air control. It is often connected to a suitable chimney or flue via ventilating smoke pikes. This allows hot combustion gases created when the fuel is ignited to escape. For the combustion gases to be drawn out of the fire chamber and up the chimney, it is necessary for the chimney gases to be higher than the temperature outside. The majority of wood stoves are created in such a way that they can serve as multi fuel stoves when you add a grate to it. Quite contrary to popular opinion, there are quite a number of benefits to using a wood stove, some of which will be explored in this article.
Another major benefit is that burning a wood stove gives you a level of energy independence, which is difficult to replicate when you use other sources of fuel. The truth is that oil and gas are finite, non-renewable energy. It is inevitable that the world will run out of these resources one day. Electricity on the other hand must constantly be produced to keep up with the world’s increasing demand.as if that is not enough; most of the electricity in the world today is generated from fossil fuels, of which only so much is available. Wood fuel, which is probably the oldest of all forms of fuel, is quite unlike it’s’ counterparts a renewable source of energy. It is obtained primarily from trees, which can and often is, easily replaced.
Wood fuel, unlike fossil fuels is carbon neutral. What this means is that wood burning stoves does no add to the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Not to get confused, when you burn wooden logs, a small amount of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere however, this is quickly neutralised. In addition, by planting replacement trees, you guarantee that there are organisms available to help reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This is because trees take in not only carbon dioxide but also other greenhouse emissions and release pure oxygen in its stead.
A great benefit of wood burning stoves that is often overlooked is the reliability factor. With all the climate change leading to severe changes in the climate, electric power cuts are going to, sadly, become an all too frequent feature in our future. This means that you cannot depend on it to warm your home especially in the winter when heating the house is not a luxury but a necessity. With a wood burning stove, you are guaranteed to keep warm through the winter (and all other times) because unlike other methods of heating, you are not relying on electricity for heat!
Another great thing about wood burning stove is that it offers great warmth. Wood fuel released a unique type of warmth making the room feel a lot more pleasant than it would if you used any other type of fuel. Another great feature is that even after you stop the stove, a wood burning stove will continue emitting heat. This is one truly unique feature of wood burning stoves when compared to all other types of heating, even open fires. Wood burning stoves look great and add to creating a unique and homey appearance in the room, but that is not their best features. Wood burning stoves are the best choice for heating up your home.