A wood burning stove is an ideal heating appliance capable of efficiently burning wood, fuel, and other biomass fuel, including sawdust pellets. Generally, the appliance comprises a sturdy metal enclosure, often lined with fire brick, and at least one or more burners. But despite its name, the stove can also be made from all kinds of materials – stoves can be made from steel or aluminum, for instance.
A wood burning stove is one of the few options in the construction of a very easy and cheap home to install, as well as being very clean and odorless. However, if you choose this option, you should make sure that you use wood prepared properly and use it accurately. There are certain wood quantities that must be used each year, depending on how many people live in your home. You can either get this information from the supplier, or you can contact the manufacturer.
How To Duct Heat From A Wood Burning Stove?
Ducting heat from a wood burning stove is the ultimate solution if you are looking to save on your heating bills. You can follow the steps below to duct heat from a wood-burning stove.
- Take measurements to six inches down from the top of the plenum with a tape measure.
- Place the collar end up to the plenum. Mark the outside diameter onto the sheet with some marker.
- Create a hole in the plenum right above the line and add tin snips into it. Later on, cut the hole.
- Remove the top from the plenum and unscrew it.
- Push the starting collar into the hole. Reach inside the plenum and mold the tabs over the collar.
- Attach ductwork up to the stove fan and make it secure using a self-tapping sheet, metal screws.
- You can use the fan when the wood stove is operating. And the heat will be distributed equally among the heating duct system!
Advantages Of Wood Burning Stove
The most obvious advantage of the wood burning stove is that it burns cleanly and produces very little smoke. The ash usually referred to as ‘chick ashes’, can be easily removed and disposed of. The wood burner can sustain a flame for a long time and can be kept almost indefinitely outdoors, out of the way. Some models even have waterproof joints, enabling them to be placed in bathrooms and other wet areas. They are also easy to maintain and are capable of withstanding extreme temperatures.
Disadvantages of Wood Burning Stove
There are, however, some disadvantages of using a wood burning stove. First, the slow burn rate of the stove means that it requires much more wood than any other kind of fireplace. Also, the wood is coarser than other fuel types and so takes longer to burn; this means that the fire is smaller throughout the evening than it would be if you used gas or an electric heater. Finally, the stove’s noise can be unpleasant if you are attempting to use it in the center of a crowded room.
There are also several cons related to wood-burning stoves. To start with, it is more expensive to keep running than other forms of heaters. This is especially true in large stoves; it costs up to fifteen times as much to operate as it does for a small fireplace. Secondly, it is harder to vent the smoke out of the house as it is created in the same area as the wood. Thirdly, wood is not easily burned in the winter because of frost, and you have to store extra wood to ensure that it can be used when the winter months return.