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A Modern Classic

Sitting in front of a blazing woodstove, it is easy to feel that as humans we are hardwired to love fire. The heat and smell of burning wood can ignite a primal sense of happiness and well-being. With the woodstoves of today, however, a simple fire has become a high-tech art. In just a few decades, stove design and efficiency have been revolutionized. According to Ken Jackson, co-owner, at Jackson Fireplace and Patio, “Compared to the stoves of 20 years ago, a much smaller stove will heat the same area with half the wood.”

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Wood Rules

No matter which stove you choose, when burning wood, it turns out that for minimum environmental impact and maximum economic benefit, it all starts with good, dry wood. For any stove to burn at peak efficiency, Ken says the wood needs to be seasoned for a year and a half to two years. “Lots of people buy semi-seasoned that’s only been dried for three or four months, which isn’t nearly enough. The drier the wood, the cleaner and more efficiently it will burn. If you burn wet wood, it’s harder to start; you won’t get maximum heat; and you’ll contribute more smoke and pollution because the fire is trying to dry the wood.”

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Classic and Clean

For those of us in cold climates, a beautiful woodstove can be a source of great comfort and become the heart of a home by drawing families and friends to gather together in a central place. When choosing a stove, consider how you will use the stove and where it will go. Ken suggests, “Think about how much of your home you are hoping to heat and if you want a stove for supplemental heat or as a primary heat source.” Alison Jackson, co-owner, adds, “Stoves can go almost anywhere, but you need certain clearances. The stovepipe can go through a roof or a wall, but you also want to consider how it will look outside.”

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Small but Mighty

Style and substance play a big part in

the new woodstoves. Many are smaller because they are so much more efficient. When buying a stove, particularly a small contemporary model, be aware that it may take a nontraditional-sized log. You may be able to find custom-cut logs, or you can use engineered, compressed wood bricks. One brick is equal to an 18-inch log. Alison says, “They come by the pallet. One engineered wood brick takes up one-third less space and it’s cleaner because there are no bugs or bark. Another advantage is that it doesn’t need seasoning and is perfectly dry when you buy it.”

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