A wood burning stove can warm an average-sized room and even heat surrounding areas provided that there are means for the heat to flow. Since modern houses are commonly built in such a way that they need less heat, it is often no longer necessary to heat homes through a central heating system.
Central heating systems supply heat to a room through ducts in different points inside the room. Wood burning stoves, on the other hand, give off heat to a room through a single point only.
The location of wood burning stove is very important. For instance, some people install the stove in the basement, which is a rather bad idea. Although heat may rise up to the main floor area of the house, this is not very efficient. The result usually is that the basement is overheated, but only very little of the heat go up to the area you want to keep warm. This can also be such a waste of fuel. Therefore, the most important decision to make is to choose the location of your wood burning stove. So be sure to install your wood burning stove in the family room, living room or areas where the family spends a lot of time.
Keep in mind, as well, that the size and design of the house is a huge factor in deciding whether installing a wood burning stove will be ideal. Houses built with fewer separations and designed with more open spaces are more ideal for wood burning stove installation. This way, the heat emitted directly from the stove flows more efficiently throughout the house without overheating one particular room. Speaking of overheating, this usually happens when the room is too small and the stove is too big. When shopping for a wood burning stove, it would be good to bring along the floor plan of the place. Oftentimes, retailers can give good advice.
Another thing to consider before installing a wood burning stove is ventilation and correct air flow, which are critical for the safe burning of wood. Every stove is sold with specific advice or requirements from the manufacturer; make sure to understand this and follow their advice in the letter. Fire can result from carelessly installing a wood burning stove in home, so be sure to look into the advice of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Remember that installing a stove with enough clearance from combustible surfaces, like walls, floors or furniture, is necessary. The chimney of the house should also have enough capacity and the right height. It should also be placed in a proper location with clearance from combustible items and proper mechanical support. These must be kept in mind for your safety. Finally, do not forget maintenance. When installing a wood burning stove, learn about the proper ways of maintaining it in order to reduce risks and hazards.