Wood-Burning Stoves, Inserts & Fireplaces
There are approximately 12 million wood stoves in homes today and 9 million of those are older, non EPA-certified stoves that are 50% less efficient than newer stoves.
Energy efficiency benefits of replacing old wood stoves and fireplaces:
Saves money, fuel, time and resources.
Up to 50% more energy efficient.
Can use 1/3 less wood for the same heat.
Cuts creosote build-up in chimneys that helps reduce the risk of fire.
Environmental benefits of replacing old wood stoves and fireplaces with new appliances:
Reduces indoor and outdoor wood smoke pollution which has been linked to cancer, asthma and other serious health conditions. See health effects of wood smoke for more information.
Improved combustion efficiency reduces CO2, methane and black carbon emissions.
Saves billions in health benefits each year.
Fireplaces - Fireplaces can be either masonry fireplaces or factory-built fireplaces (also called prefabricated or "prefabs"). They are usually open face but most come standard with doors.
A masonry fireplace is almost always built of bricks. There are some specialty types that are more exotic and use refractory materials, but 99.9% of them are made with bricks.
A factory-built fireplace is a metal box with refractory bricks inside manufactured to be framed into a house, without masonry. Sometimes they are gas fireplaces, but are often for burning wood.
Insert - An insert can be put into any factory built open faced fireplace. It is important to remember inserts can only go into a fireplace that is built into the home.
Stove - Freestanding unit. Usually installed in a central location with clearance around all areas of the stove.
Can be used for cooking or heating.