What You Should Know before Getting a Wood Burning Stove

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What You Should Know before Getting a Wood Burning Stove

Wood-burning stoves are a great alternative to fossil fuels, giving off a lovely natural glow with minimal soot. They’re also renewable, since they burn wood. That said, making the right decision before purchasing a wood burning stove is crucial, since the thing won’t burn wood without working properly.

It’s not a good idea to buy a wood burning stove that hasn’t been properly maintained. In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know before buying a wood burning stove.

What You Should Know before Getting a Wood Burning Stove

What Is a Wood Burning Stove? 

Wood burning stoves are appliances, used for burning fuel in order to generate heat. Wood burning stoves are especially popular for providing heat for those small spaces where it would be difficult to install a regular heating system such as a radiator or floor heater. They’re also popular for providing heat for camping and for cabins.

Since a stove is a kind of appliance, it needs to be installed so that it can be connected to a main supply of heat and water.

What Is a Multi-Fuel Stove Burner?

A multi-fuel stove burner is one that can be used in a wood burning stove, but also has the ability to burn other fuels besides wood. It’s a good idea to get a multi-fuel stove burner because you’ll be able to save money, since you won’t have to install extra appliances.

The downside is that a multi-fuel stove burner doesn’t burn wood as efficiently as a wood burning stove.

What Fuel Does a Wood Burner Use?

In order to burn wood, you need a special kind of fuel called wood pellets. These pellets are made from compressed wood, sawdust and recycled wood. Wood pellets are a great fuel for wood burners because they don’t create much smoke when burned and are less likely to cause a fire.

It’s best to get a wood burning stove that’s designed to burn pellets. It’s not recommended to burn any kind of wood in a wood burning stove that’s not designed to burn wood.

What Are Some Wet Wood Alternatives?

If you have a wood burning stove, you’ll have to keep it well-maintained. One way to do this is by using wet wood alternates. Wet wood alternates are just a fancy term for wood that’s been specially treated to burn slower and more cleanly. Some wood burning stoves are made specifically to use wet wood alternates, while others can be retrofitted with a device that gives the wood burning stove the ability to use wet wood alternates.

It’s not recommended to use wet wood alternates in a wood burning stove that’s not designed to use this kind of fuel.

How Should I Store My Wood?

It’s a good idea to keep your wood in a dry area in your home. This is essential for a number of reasons. First, it’s important to have your wood dry when you burn it.

But more importantly, it’s important to keep wood dry to prevent mold and mildew. Keeping your wood well-stored will prevent any problems, since you’ll have everything you need to start a fire.


Now that you have the basics, you’re ready to start shopping around for a wood burning stove. Don’t purchase a stove unless you’re sure it will burn wood efficiently. It’s a good idea to talk to the manufacturer of your stove before purchasing it in order to make sure you’re getting exactly what you’re looking for.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, it’s still a good idea to talk to a professional. At Stove Scotland, we have expert stove fitters in Scotland to help you install your wood burning stove. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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