A stove is a free-standing, enclosed design that is available in a variety of finishes and styles. Typically made of cast iron or other metal, the stove has made a comeback in recent years due to its compact size and charming appearance. The footed stove can also be a powerhouse for warmth in the winter months, depending on the type of stove you choose. Stoves are a popular choice for vacation homes and cabins, as many stoves function as a back-up heat source in case of electricity loss. Aside from the traditional wood burning stove, there are also gas-powered, pellet, and electric stoves to choose from.
Benefits of Stoves
Wood stoves and many modern direct-vent gas stoves will run without electricity, which means your home will stay heated in the event of a power outage. This is particularly helpful for homeowners who own cabins or live in remote cold weather climates. Stoves can be useful in small spaces as they can be placed in unused corners of a room and take up much less wall space than a traditional fireplace. Stoves can also be retrofitted into existing fireplaces. Many homeowners prefer the enclosed design of a stove for added fire safety.
Types of Stoves
Choosing a stove for your home involves several considerations including design, fuel type, maintenance, budget, and more. Some stove styles, namely the wood stove and the pellet stoves, involve more hands-on use, while gas and electric stoves can be turned on and off with the flip of a switch. The type of stove best suited to your home may also depend on your home’s layout and whether or not you have a usable chimney. You do not need to have an existing chimney to install a stove in your home.
A gas-powered stove has a pilot light and can be ignited with the flip of a switch. Most gas stoves have ceramic log sets inside to help create the appearance and ambiance of a wood burning stove without the messy cleanup. If you don’t have an existing chimney, your stove installation professional will need to install a simple direct-vent system through to the exterior of your home. In this case, you may have to place your gas stove against an exterior-facing wall.
Electric stoves use lights and glass to create the appearance of a burning stove and while functioning similarly to a space heater. Electric stoves are a more affordable and safer alternative to other stoves and don’t require any flues, chimneys, or vents. Because an electric stove’s only required fuel is electricity, it can easily be installed anywhere in a home or apartment to create the cozy feel of a warm fire.
As the most popular option for free-standing heating stoves, the wood stove is a classic choice. While it is easier to install a wood stove in a home with an existing chimney, it is not necessarily a prerequisite for wood stove installation. Homes without an existing chimney can be fitted with a twin wall flue system installed through the roof or a nearby wall. Wood stoves offer superior warmth and energy efficiency, and they make a great backup source of heat if electricity fails.
Pellet stoves are similar to wood stoves, except that they have a “hopper” that feeds pellet fuel into the main combustion chamber. Pellet fuel is typically made of wood, though it can also be made of other organic material. EPA-certified pellet stoves are ranked as the cleanest method of residential heating using solid fuel. Pellet stoves can be direct-vented through a nearby wall and do not need a chimney or wall flue.
Due to their enclosed design, stoves are often less messy to operate and may require less maintenance than traditional wood burning hearths. Because there is no combustion involved in electric stoves, they are the easiest to maintain and typically don’t require regular servicing. For gas and wood stoves, it is recommended that a contractor inspect your chimney or vent once a year to make sure it’s functioning safely. Wood stoves may require light cleaning, especially if your stove has a glass window, and wood stoves also need to have their ash emptied periodically.
Stove Installation Near You
If you’re ready to get a free quote on your stove installation project, contact TruTeam today! TruTeam’s local installers can help you choose the right stove for your home, your style, and your budget. All of our installers are fully background checked, licensed and insured, so you can be sure your stove installation project will be completed safely and on schedule. No matter what type of stove you are considering, choose TruTeam’s local contractors for professional stove installation.