Wood burning fires are an ancient, reliable source of heat. And, for centuries, the wood stove has faithfully served homes across the globe. But, changing times demand updates to wood stoves in millions of homes across the United States.
That’s because there is a rising concern that wood-stoves contribute to winter air pollution. And anyone using a wood stove is interested in extracting more power and heat from the same amount of fuel.
At the same time, homeowners want wood stoves that fit into their sense of style, capitalizing on the ability of fire to cast a humanizing glow throughout the room.
Why you should swap out your old wood stove
Old, inefficient wood stoves contribute to poor winter air quality and smog in significant portions of the U.S. and Canada. Cold weather can sometimes trap pollution close to the ground, which can lead to higher levels of asthma, cancer, and other serious conditions.
Some government agencies have programs to encourage people to swap out their old, inefficient wood stoves with newer, more environmentally-friendly appliances that will not only help reduce pollution, but also help homeowners save money in the long run.
New, EPA-certified wood stoves use 33 percent less firewood. They are 50 percent more energy efficient and can shave 10-40 percent off a home’s heating bill.
At the same time, higher burning temperatures result in less buildup in chimneys, and can reduce the amount of pollution emitted into the air.
In fact, changing out an old and inefficient wood-burning appliance is the equivalent of taking five diesel trucks off the road.
Greater efficiency without compromising design
Glass-ceramic inserts make wood stoves more efficient.
Specialty materials like SCHOTT ROBAX® can reflect heat back into the fire chamber. When materials burn at higher temperatures, it eliminates particulates more thoroughly while remaining more energy efficient.
Glass-ceramic panels support a wide variety of designs. They can be used as inserts and liners to increase energy efficiency, or as viewing panels that give a stunning view of the flames inside.
Wood stoves that generate power
Environmentally conscious homeowners line their roofs with solar panels, but in cold climates in the winter, there isn’t enough daylight to provide power for a whole day. Wood stoves are being integrated into home power systems, providing thermo-electric power generation that bridges the gap when needed.