Wood Burning Systems

Types of Wood Burning Systems

What are some of the different types of wood burning systems that are available?

There are many different types of wood burning systems. Some of the more common types are summarized as follows.

Masonry Fireplaces

Masonry fireplaces, found in many homes in Canada, are primarily decorative or aesthetic, and are not considered an efficient means of providing heat to a home.

Factory-Built Fireplaces

Factory-built fireplaces and associated chimneys are manufactured in components for field assembly, and may include duct-work, auxiliary fans, etc.

Freestanding Wood Stoves

Freestanding wood stoves are used to meet all or a portion of home heating requirements.

Wood-Burning Cook Stoves

Wood-burning cook stoves are similar to freestanding wood stoves but are also specially designed for cooking or baking, and may include a tank for heating water.

Fireplace Inserts and Hearth Mount Stoves

Fireplace inserts and hearth mount stoves are installed within or partially within the combustion chamber of a fireplace. Both are usually installed to convert a low-efficiency fireplace into a viable heating appliance. These types of stoves typically require a steel liner to be installed within the existing masonry chimney for safety.

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