The benefits of heating with wood are many: It is environmen- tally responsible because you are using a renewable resource instead of fossil fuels; it supports the local economy; it lowers your heating bills; and it puts you in control. Wood stoves have come a long way in the past decade. They are more attractive, with styles to fit just about every décor. They are more efficient and clean- er burning than old models. They’re also easier to operate and safer. Aside from the charm of a crackling fire, there is no similarity between wood-burning stoves today and those found in homes 20 years ago, says Thomas Morrissey of Woodstock Soapstone Company of West Lebanon, New Hampshire. “Today’s stoves are clean-burning and efficient—most of what goes up the chimney is just carbon dioxide and water vapor. There is virtually no smoke or odor,” he notes. All Woodstock stoves have internal catalytic combustors. The average catalytic stove is 30 percent cleaner burning and 15 percent more efficient than a non-catalytic stove. “Any combustible gases or parti- cles not burned in the firebox are forced through the catalytic com- bustor and incinerated there,” explains Morrissey. The extra heat created by the catalyst is captured by the stove and radiated into your home. That means when you put a pound of wood into the stove, you extract just about every Btu from that energy. The company manufactures wood-burning stoves from soap- stone. “It’s nature’s perfect stove material,” says Laura Scott, Woodstock’s customer service manager. It holds twice as much heat per pound as iron or steel, and it radiates that heat steadily, even hours after the fire has died down. Plus, the warm grain and color of soapstone make these woodstoves attractive pieces of furniture that you can enjoy year- round. (Courtesy of ARA Content) MULTI-FUEL STOVES Wood-burning stoves have been a home heating staple for cen- turies, but more recently, stoves that burn dried wheat or corn, or pellets made from dehydrated, compressed wood chips, have grown in popularity. Multi-fuel stoves are the first heating option that allows you to burn all three environmentally friendly fuels in the same stove. Like traditional wood or other single-fuel stoves, the multi-fuel stoves, when used as an alterna- tive heat source for your home, can cut your energy bill by up to 70 per- cent, says Glenda Lehman Ervin of
There’s a lot of difference in modern wood-burning stoves and the stoves that were found in homes 20 years ago.
With modern stoves, there is virtually no smoke or odor.