Wood Stove FAQS

Commonly Asked Questions about Wood Burning Stoves Answered  

What wood-burning stove is most efficient?

Answer; There is no single stove that will be more efficient than another. Efficiency can depend on many variables, such as how many fuels you have and the type of fuel you choose to use.

It really depends on your specific needs and wants! This sounds like an easy question to answer, but there are so many factors that come into play when deciding which wood-burning stove is best for you that it’s hard not to get caught up in something other than the actual stove! For example, do you want a capable oven? Desk space? And even if all of those things fit your needs best, does your home have any restrictions on what kind of stove system they allow?

What is considered a small wood stove?

Answer; A small wood stove is typically considered anything with a chamber size of less than 10 cubic feet.

The danger with using a small wood stove is that they are too small for the amount of fuel being delivered, so the fire dies down quicker, which leads to uneven heating or difficulty maintaining heat. One solution to this is to use more stoves and buy smaller logs; alternatively, you could go for an outdoor furnace because it heats up much faster and has plenty of space for all sorts of equipment. There’s also the possibility that your chimney isn’t very good – if your home gets filled with black smoke.

Can you put a wood-burning stove in a tiny house?

Answer; Yes, you can. It will even run off of the tiny house’s solar power with a few custom modifications.

There are two primary challenges to putting a wood-burning stove in a tiny house. You want to make sure the stove is installed properly according to codes, and no gases leak out into the room. Wood stoves are quite safe as long as they’re installed professionally and function correctly. Then there’s also the matter of making sure that your tiny space doesn’t become way too hot already by installing an oven or other appliance that radiates heat towards it which would render the current precious heating sources useless outside during winter months, where there are very cold days where people commonly need their heater on – hurray for free heating!

Which is better a wood stove or a pellet stove?

Answer; The pellets don’t really combust and produce harmful emissions, but they’re still in the process of combustion.

Wood stoves- When wood is heated in a stove, it releases various gases and fumes that can become quite toxic when breathed. There are also chemicals given off from sawdust or bark chips that can cause irritation to the lungs if vented through an unscreened chimney. A study also found wood smoke carrying particulates up to 3-4 km away from the home’s location, exposing neighbors to potentially dangerous amounts of soot and other carcinogens. Wood smoke contains particles that can penetrate deeply into lung tissue and find their way into your bloodstream where it sends out trigger signals for inflammation, worsening heart disease, and asthma.

What are the pros and cons of a pellet stove?


Easier to install and set up than a wood fireplace.

No splitting logs and chopping firewood are necessary, with an oven or stovetop available for cooking food.





Lacks the sound and aesthetics of a traditional log fire.

Generally more expensive initially as it requires an additional installation outside the house on your property that might not be needed if you use another type of fireplace or stove. They’re also generally more expensive to run as logs don’t come from free sources like some people might think – they have to be purchased, which can make them costlier on a day-to-day basis over time.

Is it cheaper to burn wood or pellets?

Answer; Wood would be cheaper because pellets are processed before they’re burnt.

Pellets are like sawdust that’s been combined with glue to make the board. You can’t turn sawdust into boards without adding an adhesive, and you can’t burn that either unless it’s got some added fuel too (e.g. oxygen). So pellets need their own volume of fuel for the same volume of wood – but wood is denser, so it needs less volume or weight than pellets do to produce the same amount of heat energy.”

What is the smallest wood-burning stove available?

Answer; A box stove is a small, simple metal-lined wooden structure about the size of a sleeping mat or thick carpet that one builds for their outdoor fire. In some cases, it can also be used as a water heater to keep warm, as well as a way to cook brunch during those cold winter mornings. It all depends on how far you live from the cabin and what the temperature outside is like, but box stoves make a life out in nature quite comfortable– even on those blustery nights where campfires are not an option because of dry conditions.

How do you install a wood stove in a tiny house?

Answer; It’s pretty simple, but it mostly depends on the house.

The size of the stove really doesn’t matter, you just need to measure and plan for where to install it. You can get an estimate by visiting our website here: Tiny Home Wood Stove Installation Guide

Some considerations for installing a wood stove in a tiny home:

You’re going to want an air supply – fresh air coming into the house and unwanted air (cooking odors, candles) getting out. Block off your bathroom ventilation if that’s installed in your space; use attic vents or other vents suggested by your contractor; place screened vents over all other windows.

What is a Jotul stove?

Answer; A Jotul stove is a well-known manufacturer that makes these premium quality stoves in the United States.

Their motto is “Quality – Simplicity – Integrity” so you definitely know you are getting something of the finest quality with Jotul. They have many well-developed designs, but my favorite has to be their downdraft wood ranges. They are made from cast iron which evenly distributes heat over the entire surface and they look great too!

How do I choose a wood stove size?

Answer; The size of a wood stove is closely related to the intended use. A larger, heavier stove with more insulation will burn slower and maintain heat better than a smaller, lighter one. If you are using your wood stove for cooking or heating at the same time; then it’s important that the stove be able to hold enough fuel for continuous operation without refueling often. To heat an area up quickly would require different needs than trying to burn fuel steadily over 24 hours on a low setting.

What size stove should I get?

Answer; If you’re cooking for 1-2 people, an electric stovetop is usually enough (e.g., 3- to 4-burner 18″ model). If you’ve got a family or want to cook for large groups, an induction cooktop can be used with larger pans. Need still more space? A convection oven takes up less room than a full oven and has a bigger interior capacity. Depending on your needs, both methods combine the convenience of being able to use the stovetop with the smaller size of a traditional oven.

What BTU wood stove do I need?

Answer; The size that you need depends on the heat radiating area of your house.

A small room can use a 30,000 BTU wood stove. In a medium-sized room, a 60,000 BTU will do the job. A large room should have an 80,000 BTU or higher because it needs all the warmth it can get to keep occupants comfortable in the winter months. Keep in mind that window size and length of isolation will impact how much heat is transferred into your home from outside temperatures. Consult with our experts at Red Eye Stove for assistance with finding which size stove would be best suited for your specific situation.

How much should I spend on a wood stove?

Answer; To find the answer, one would need to know what type of stove is being considered.

Wood stoves come in a variety of sizes and styles, which all have different prices. They can range anywhere from $100 to over $2,000. It’s important to consult an expert with experience in finding exactly what’s most suitable for one’s lifestyle requirements – size-wise, features-wise, etcetera before buying an expensive stove that doesn’t fit or has features that are unnecessary. This way not only does it save money but also time if the wrong purchase is made without consulting an expert first!

Are Blaze King Stoves good?

Answer; Blaze King Stoves are mediocre, but I do not have enough information to make a decision

Blaze King is China’s largest stove maker, and the company has been implicated in trade secret theft. Though they are decent quality for Chinese-made foreign imported stoves, the designs are often plagued with problems that lead to poor performance. If you’re looking for something of higher quality consider purchasing European import stoves by Blanco or Vaillant since they are safer and more durable.

Are Ashley’s hearth stoves any good?

Answer; Ashley’s hearth stoves are great and the price is not bad either. I love this stove because it’s much more affordable than others on the market, but once you get it installed in your fireplace all you need to do is add a little bit of wood or lump coal, and voila! You have your own controlled fire burning inside your home without having to worry about any sort of unnatural fire risks. Fireplace models like the Ashley carry maximum BTUs, unlike electric models that will come with limited BTUs and simply won’t radiate enough warmth for what we’re searching for when we want to relax in front of our real wood fireplace.

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