My name is Jodi and I’m a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful daughters. My family and I live in the gorgeous mountains of upstate NY. The chill of fall is in the air, and winter is coming upon us soon! That means higher heat bills and more headache. I wanted to share my experience with wood stoves, which is one of the best purchases I’ve made in years!
A lot of people, just like me, are left scratching their heads when their heating oil bill fluctuates so much from year to year. I made a decision a few years back to ditch messy furnace and heating oil deliveries.
It was one of the best decisions I have made in recent history. Instead, I have my heater. And, it is great, but utility costs are still something I watch carefully. To offset a good deal of those costs, I looked into different types of wood stoves.
For our household, the pellet stove has turned out to be a gem. And, it happens to look beautiful set against the backdrop of our New England home. We love the clean heat it produces, without making everyone cough and gag.
It is a nice alternative to the traditional fireplace as well. We have one, but that often brings in such a draft and gets messy pretty quickly. Not to mention, the costs of a chimney sweep make it a bit pricier on top of the wood costs.
Whether a traditional wood burning stove or a pellet stove, it is an improvement on other heating sources.
Types Of Woodstoves
When it comes to keeping your home heated with wood, there are several different types of woodstoves.
Traditional Franklin wood stoves utilize a U shape flue that is sometimes called an inverted siphon. This siphon helps to heat up the air in the baffle and expel it to the room with vents that are located near the top of the stove.
Potbellied wood stoves were very popular at one point in the 1860s. They work very well to heat a home (depending on the size) and are fueled via either wood or coal. They can provide an abundant source of heat for a smaller sized room and are rated at about 200,000 BTUs.
Fisher wood stoves offer you an option of either a top stove pipe or a back or side stove pipe. Regardless of where you have your stove pipe, the stove puts out a lot of heat for the value and they have a large sized box that will allow for larger pieces of wood and a larger sized fire. Valves on the front will spin open and closed allowing you to adjust the speed of the burn and thus the temperature of the room that you’re heating.