Thinking about getting a wood burning stove this year? Summer is the best time to start planning for the winter ahead, as it gives you plenty of time to prepare. It can be a little confusing at first to decide which stove is right for your home. To help make the process easier, we have put together a mini guide on how to choose a wood burning stove. Keep reading to get our expert tips on what to look for and what to consider when making your decision.
Top Tips for Choosing Your Wood Burning Stove
Some tips to keep in mind when choosing your wood burning stove include the following:
Choosing the type of stove.
There are two main types of closed combustion fireplace: free-standing and built-in. Both of these fireplaces offer numerous benefits and challenges. Generally speaking, free-standing fireplaces do not require existing infrastructure and can be placed just about anywhere without the need for construction or professional installation. If you already have an old fireplace that you are aiming to replace with a modern fireplace, a built-in fireplace is a good choice. This fireplace requires a bit more time and effort to install, but as a result, you will be able to enjoy a compact, space-saving fireplace. To get a better idea of the differences between the two, read our comparison on free-standing and built-in stoves. This guide gives you a full list of pros and cons for each type, which will make it easier to decide which option is right for your specific needs.
Choosing the metal.
It is always useful to know what your fireplace is made from before making your final decision. Modern stoves come in steel as well as cast iron. Not too long ago, cast iron was the only choice available. Although this metal is often still a more effective choice, steel also has a number of benefits to consider. Ultimately, the difference in these metals lies in their durability as well as their ability to retain heat. Depending on your needs, you may find that steel or cast iron offers the best choice for your fireplace. Our guide to choosing the right metal for your fireplace gives you a detailed overview of what each metal offers. Read our article on steel vs cast iron fireplaces to learn more about each type of metal.
Choosing the style.
There are many, many different styles of fireplace to choose from, ranging from traditional style stoves all the way to contemporary double sided fireplaces and modern designs that are ideal for those who prefer something less cottagey. What this means is that you should have no trouble choosing a style that is right for your home. Using your overall style to guide you is the best way to ensure that your stove blends into your home without seeming out of place. To get an idea of just how versatile today’s fireplaces are, have a look at our Premium Edition showcase that features some of our most sought-after stoves available at Hydrofire.
Choosing the size.
Finally, another thing to keep in mind is the overall size of the fireplace. The general rule of thumb is to use the size of your home and room as a guideline. The smaller the space, the smaller the fireplace. If you have a small home, you may want to consider a built-in fireplace that does not take up much room. For larger rooms and homes, free-standing fireplaces can be very effective without making your space seem cramped. The best way to get a better idea of the ideal size you need is to do some measurements before you start browsing stoves.
The early part of the year is the best time to invest in a wood stove, with the best prices also on offer. To learn more about how to order your wood burning stove in Cape Town and surrounds, contact Hydrofire today.