Wood Stoves and Fireplace Inserts

Wood Stoves and fireplace inserts have the advantage of having a wood fire inside and enclosed space. They allow one to control the amount of air the feeds the fire and the rate and method that the air is allowed to go up the chimney. Wood stoves can produce a lot of heat, sometimes too much for the area around the stove. When we designed our cabin we placed the 'cold air return' above the area of the wood stove. That way we can use the furnace fan and duct system to distribute the heat from the wood stove to all parts of the structure.

Some wood stoves come with catalytic converters, that are designed to reduce the amount of smoke produced by wood stoves. My own experience with these system has not been good, I have found that the converter can only be used when the stove is very hot and stop working as soon as the fire dies down.