Wood fire is an excellent option to heat your home in an eco-friendly manner. You can use either a wood stove or a fireplace for this purpose. Yet, you would be interested to know how you can get more heat out of these two options for your home. The present article deals with this issue and tells you how to make an optimum use of your wood stove to heat your interiors.
Use Optional Accessories
Nowadays the wood stoves throw heat more like a furnace and you can use optional accessories and fittings to make it thermally and economically more efficient. However, these fittings and accessories were not available in the market until a few years ago.
The two such accessories which you can use with the wood stoves are heat extractors and stove pipe ovens, and both of these accessories are widely recommended by heating industry experts and furnace contractors. The heat which is generally lost in the chimney flue is salvaged by the heat extractors. Whereas, stove pipe ovens can be used for baking purposes as well making it more cost efficient as it serves well for your cooking needs. If you have a stack type thermometer to monitor temperature, both these accessories can be used safely with your wood stoves.
Among the other devices, which you can use as heat extractors to make an optimum use of your wood stove, is a metal box with two short stovepipe connections, which can very well replace the standards 2 feet long section of your stovepipe that is near to the firebox. There are up to 15 collector tubes running through the metal box horizontally. Flue gasses make the system extremely hot, when the gasses flow through the box and over the tubes. When the system reaches a temperature of 65°C, room air is blown through them. A small electric fan attached to the thermostat acts as a blower to send wood stove heating across the room.
Such kind of addition can benefit all types of stoves regardless of whether these are new models or old models. An average wood-burning stove can send an enormous amount of heat– that may be between 400°C and 620°C into the flue collar, which is vertically above the firebox. All you need to do is to harness some of these extra heat output. It is going to boost up the range and heating efficiency of your stove.
But, nowadays you can also find “airtight stoves” in the market, which are manufactured to control the heat generated within the firebox, so as to make sure that there is a little wastage of heat when heat escapes into the chimney flues. There is no sense in heating the outside, when it should heat the interiors.
Safety Aspect of Heat Extractors
Now it comes to the safety of using these heat extractors. In terms of safety, you are one step ahead, as the duct system is maintained at the cool temperature. However, you have to clean up your chimney to remove the residue buildup. These residues were actually burned up when the temperature used to be much higher.
Therefore, if you use these additions to your wood heat stoves and maintain it the way described above, you would easily achieve the required heating with less use of raw wood.
Author bio: Donna is a freelance journalist, who writes about gadgets and appliances. She also provides tips to install eco-friendly equipment and to make the optimum use of wood stove heating