From open fires in a cave, to giant hearths in a medieval castle, to cast iron stoves in a log cabin, burning wood for heat and comfort has been a feature of human dwellings for millennia. Now, material advances are taking wood stoves out of the Stone Age and into the sleekest of modern homes. They form a focal point for a cozy night of reading by the fire, or a dramatic accent in rooms where family and friends gather. Glass-ceramic, in particular, is opening up new frontiers in design while allowing wood stoves to better retain and reflect heat for more efficient burning. The broader spectrum of designs has led to new trends in integrating wood stoves into the home. Take some design inspiration from this collection of modern wood stoves that incorporate glass-ceramic to cast a warm glow on all sorts of homes.
Modern wood stoves in a fireplace
Some of the newest designs borrow from traditions past, like this one, which mixes a glass-ceramic viewing panel with black steel seen in so many cast iron stoves. Increasingly, homeowners are placing wood stoves in old fireplaces, both for a cool design accent and because that’s often an easy and efficient way to update a wood burning fireplace. In many of the designs, functional ROBAX® panels are employed to maximize radiated heat, filling entire rooms with warmth.