Once a home mainstay, wood-burning stoves have seen less popularity in recent years as more and more people opt for the convenience of gas or pellet heating. Still, with fossil fuel costs on the rise, many are looking to supplemental heat sources like fireplaces and wood stove inserts. Plus there’s nothing quite like crackling flames and the smell of a real fire – something that is hard to replicate by turning up the thermostat. Whether you want an inexpensive way to get some extra warmth during harsh winter months or just love being self-sufficient, this buying guide will help pick out which model best suits your needs and will give you all the information you need to know how to find someone who can install it securely into place.
Wood Stove Average Costs
Woodstove prices vary depending on the size and type. They can cost between $250 to more than $3,500. A wood stove fireplace insert costs anywhere from about $750 to $3,000 or more for some newer models.
Woodstove installation costs start at $250 and can go up to a whopping $1,500+. Upgrading your chimney can also cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000 or more. A hearth pad ranges between about $300 and upwards of $600, depending on what type you need. Annual inspections will run somewhere between $100 and $500. Wood is cheaper than other fuel sources like gas, oil, propane – even electricity sometimes.
Common Wood Burning Stove Options
Catalytic vs. Non-Catalytic
A more eco-friendly way to heat up your home is by installing a catalytic combustor on top of the woodstove you already have. The catalytic combustor is a honeycomb structure that will re-burn any smoke gases and particles that are released when it burns, adding an extra layer of protection against particulate matter in the air. It helps provide longer-lasting and even heating power as well. This installation may seem like too much work but if maintained properly every few years then this could be worth looking into for those who want cleaner-burning stoves.
Non-catalytic stoves are great for people who want a roaring fire in their stove. They are less efficient than catalytic ones and will usually be more polluting, but they are also cheaper and easier to maintain because you don’t have to worry about the filter clogging up or having an expensive part that needs replacing.
Freestanding vs. Insert
Woodstove inserts are a great way to make an old fireplace more efficient. They fit inside the existing opening and can be vented through your chimney, making them much less bothersome than freestanding wood stoves. Be sure you measure your fireplace before buying one because not all models will work with every size of opening.
When it comes to installing freestanding stoves, there are a few things you should know. First of all, never try placing one near combustible materials like furniture and drapes because they can catch fire. Furthermore, the stove must be installed on an insulated surface such as masonry or stone so that heat doesn’t escape out from under it.
Wood stoves for heating come in a variety of styles, sizes, and outputs. Some are designed to heat just one room while others provide enough power to warm an entire house or cabin. It’s important when deciding on which wood stove is best suited for your needs that you look at both the size of the unit as well as its Btu/h rating (British Thermal Units per hour) so it can put out the right amount of heat needed. For example, if you’re looking for something powerful enough to keep 200 square feet heated inside then be sure to go with 5k+ BTU.