When you hear the term “wood stove,” what do you think of? If you’re not familiar with the stunning new designs of modern wood stoves, you probably think of the old pot-bellied stove our grandparents used to operate. If so, you’ll be happy to know that “old-fashioned” is only one of the many looks of today’s wood stoves.
There are many reasons wood stoves are gaining in popularity, with appearance being just one.
1. Variety of styles
As noted, wood stoves today aren’t limited to the old-fashioned pot-bellied style. Modern wood stoves come in designs that are sleek and stylish, offering a wide variety of finishes and colors to perfectly accent any home décor. Many stoves feature beautiful glass doors that allow the gently rolling flames to be seen from various vantage points.
2. Good for the environment/renewable energy
Burning wood means using a fuel source that’s renewable and that provides what’s called a “neutral carbon footprint” on the environment. This means that for all the smoke created in a wood stove, an equal amount of smoke is absorbed by trees and vegetation in the area. If eco-friendly is your motto, a wood stove is for you.
3. The natural approach
Lots of people these days are enjoying the trend of “getting back to nature.” This includes the products they buy for their homes and the activities they engage in. Using wood as a heat source is about as natural as you can get. If you want to reduce your dependency on the power grid, it’s time to look at a wood stove.
4. Savings on utility bills
If you use central heat, you know how expensive that is. Wood stoves on the market today are highly efficient heating appliances and can help you reduce your monthly heating bills by up to 40 percent, depending on factors such as the size of your home, the room or rooms targeted by the stove and the size of the stove.
5. Better than a fireplace
Although fireplaces also burn wood, they can’t match the efficiency of a wood stove. Because of the design of a fireplace and chimney, much of the heat is lost into the outside air. A wood stove is a much better choice when the goal is heat and not just ambiance.
6. Cook on the stove
The top surface of wood stoves can be a cooking surface, further saving on the gas or electric costs of your regular kitchen stove. For hundreds of years, this is how people cooked, and now you can do it, too.
7. Heat, no matter what
Finally, a big reason people love wood stoves is the fact that they’ll keep on generating heat in the event of a power outage. As long as you’ve got wood and matches, you’ll stay warm (and be able to cook) when the lights go out.
Are you ready to look into getting a wood stove for your home? If so, Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto is ready to show you all the newest designs from the top manufacturers. Stop in at our showroom at 3322 Dundas Street West and have a look around. If you have questions about wood stoves or other home-heating appliances or accessories, you can always reach us at (416) 762-4582.