Summerhouse SkåneScandinavian Living Room, Copenhagen
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Output SizeOne of the most important considerations when selecting a woodstove is size. This applies to both the size of the space you’re intending to heat with the stove, and the firebox or chamber that you fill with wood. All manufacturers offer heating performance guidelines, which are usually tied to square footage. This square footage number is generic in that it assumes 8-foot ceilings, but you can easily translate that to cubic footage to more closely approximate your home’s size. Heat delivered is shown in a range and represented in BTUs, or British thermal units. The range represents the amount of heat delivered over the entire firing cycle of the stove, from initial to final burn. The average BTU output, the middle of the range, is what you should pay attention to, as firing the stove on the high end will cause undue wear on both the stove internals and the flue. Knowing your climate zone and your house size and configuration can get you very close to determining the size of stove you’ll need. Follow the stove manufacturer’s guidelines and if possible consult with a local woodstove supplier — they are invaluable resources. Oversizing or undersizing your stove will ultimately mean you’ll use it less often.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
modernizing a cabin: freestanding wood stove Woods and fresh air. Homes in Scandinavia draw inspiration from nature, with natural finishes on wood furniture, neat stacks of firewood beside efficient little stoves and large doors that can be flung open in good weather.