Best Stove – Buying Guide
Choosing the best stove is something many people have to consider either as an alternate way to heat the whole home, or as way to boost the heating you already have. There have been a lot of design advances in stoves over the last decade so that stoves are a lot more reliable than they once were. But whether you want it for the house, a room or even just the water there are some things you need to think about. How much effort are you intending to put into the upkeep of the stove, what safety concerns are there and are they addressed and of course is the fuel easy to come by and affordable. Here we take a look at these considerations to make when choosing the best stove.
How Much To Heat Up
First is to think about how much work that stove is actually going to need to do. The more you want to heat up, the larger the space, or the more hot water you need, the larger the stove needs to be. If you are heating just a room you can get a small pellet stove and that will do the job perfectly. Or for something a bit more traditional you could get a pot belly stove, or an antique parlor stove. If however you are wanting to heat a whole house and it will heat the hot water for that house, you need something larger with more power. You could go for an outdoor wood boiler, or a larger pellet stove. Knowing the needs you have will be an important step in choosing the best stove for you.
But then you also need to think about how work it will take to keep the stove going so that it supplies a steady heat to the home. Some people prefer a more traditional method, such as burning coal or wood. You can still get vintage wood stoves that have been restored beautifully as well as coal burning ones. But these are more time intensive, logs have to be chopped, stored and covered from the elements, coal needs to be stored and shoveled. If that sounds like too much work but you want a vintage look you can also get antique stoves that have been converted so that they can use gas. You can also get a pellet stove, some even can automatically fill themselves during the day saving you the effort.
In terms of safety when heating a whole house the outdoor option is a good one. You can get them running on oil or wood but by being outside the home if something happens it happens out there. This will depend a lot on who is in the home with you. If there are children in the house some stoves are not suitable as they get very hot and an accidental touch or trip could cause a nasty injury. Guards around the stove for these types are essential. The vent free type of stove is one to avoid with children around too (they are banned in some places) as they tend to release fumes directly into the room.
Whichever option you go for when choosing the best stove for you make sure you have a good source of fuel for it. Opting for a wood burning stove when you have no source of wood does not make sense. Likewise if you live far out away from people choosing pellets or something you have to go into town to get is not a good option. It is possible to get stoves that run on more than one type of fuel, and that could be a good idea in case one source becomes harder to get for whatever reason. The most common multi fuel stove combination is oil and wood. Some pellet stoves are able to burn different grades so if you run out of high grade pellets you can use others until you can re-stock.