3 Types of Stoves for Heating Your Home

September 5, 2014

5860219254_83bba213ea_bThe winter is coming… OK, it’s still pretty far away, but if it is anything like the last one, you might want to start preparing. And by preparing we mean figuring out the most efficient ways to keep your house warm. Whether your home has forced air heating or radiator heating, you probably saw your last year’s heating bills climb through the roof.

Have you considered diversifying your heating sources? And we don’t mean placing spot heaters throughout the home. We are talking about it adding a heating stove to the mix. A heating stove is different from your kitchen cooktop. Although you can use them for cooking, heating stoves are mainly made for heating.

Heating Stove vs. Fireplace

Heating stoves are different from fireplaces. A traditional wood-burning fireplace is built into a wall and has a smoke stack. These fireplaces are often built at the time of home construction. Just like a fireplace, a heating stove can also use wood as fuel, but it’s different in the fact that it’s free-standing. However, it comes with a pipe to dispose of smoke, so it has to have a fixed location.

Sometimes, a heating stove can be used as a fireplace insert. So it looks like a fireplace from the outside, but operates like a stove. You will still get the heat with this setup, but won’t be able to enjoy open fire. Heating stoves, like modern fireplaces, vary depending on the fuel source

Wood-Burning Stove

A wood-burning stove is a great alternative to an open fireplace. In fact, many people who had experience with both, stick with the stove, and here is why:

A stove lets you control the intensity of the fire by regulating the air flow. This allows for more efficient use of wood and minimizes your carbon footprint.

  • A fireplace burns bright but loses heat fast. A stove will provide more warmth and will continue to radiate heat even when the fire is out.
  • A wood-burner stove is enclosed, which eliminates the possibility of sparks and ash flying out. This enclosed structure makes it possible to leave the stove unattended or let it slowly burn overnight.

Some may argue that a stove doesn’t have the aesthetics and family-friendly feel of a fireplace, but that’s a matter of preference. Modern wood-burning stoves come in many shapes and sizes, and can easily become a focal point of your living room or kitchen.

Gas Stove

A gas heating stove looks like a wood-burner, but is fueled by natural gas or propane. While gas might be more expensive than wood, it provides the convenience of not having to keep wood stacks in your home or being a lumberjack on weekends. Many gas stoves also come with faux wood inserts that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. However, the big difference is that you don’t have to clean out all that coal and ash.

Pellet Stove

If you are striving to be eco-friendly, a pellet stove is the way to go. Instead of wood, it burns small pallets made of compressed sawdust, corn and other recycled materials. However, the burning process is different and typically involves an electrical hopper that slowly feeds the pellets into the burn pot. This means that your pellet stove has to be plugged into an outlet in order to work. While it might not consume that much power, it won’t work in case of a power outage, unlike the other two stove types. Just like a gas stove, a pallet stove can also come with a faux wood insert to make it look more realistic.

Some of these heating stoves can also include a cooking top. While it might not be necessary in a home, a cooktop can come handy in a camping house or an RV. At Fireside, we are experts in Maryland heating stoves. If you ever need help selecting or installing a stove, give us a call at 410-203-2876.