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Heating Capacity
Stove makers always state how many square feet of space the unit will heat. Some of them will give generous ranges like 1000 to 2000 sq. ft. or suggest the maximum area the unit will heat. The reason for the big range and vague figures is that a particular stove might heat differently due to the climate difference. Not only that but an old house might have twice the heat loss of a new house of the same size in the same climate zone. Also, if your house made up of many small rooms, the square footage rating will be useless to you. Finally, a stove burning softwood like spruce will put out much less heat per firebox load than it will burning a hardwood like maple. Heating capacity ratings based on square footage are unreliable.

Burn Time
Burn time depends on wood species and moisture content, and on how much heat is needed during the burn. A medium or large stove may give a reliable overnight burn with enough coals remaining to kindle a fire in the morning. Stoves in the small category may or may not give an overnight burn, but they tend not to be used for whole-house primary heating.

One advantage of catalytic stoves is that the good ones can deliver a lower burn rate over a longer period than non-cats and yet still burn clean. The disadvantage of these long burn times is that the door glass tends to get dirty at very low firing rates. As a result, a stove with a claimed burn time of ten hours may not be better to use than one that delivers an eight hour burn.
Some of the cheapest wood stoves on the U.S. market are not EPA certified, but make it to market through a loophole designed to exempt fireplaces from the emission rules. The manufacturers that take advantage of this build leaky (non-airtight, ungasketed) stoves and sell them cheap. The trouble is (besides being horrible polluters) they provide very little heat and they burn a lot of wood. These are stoves that perform like those sold 50 to 100 years ago and should be avoided.

Log Length
Don’t be mislead into thinking that a stove that can handle 20 inch firewood is really bigger or better than one that can take up to 18” logs. The standard firewood length for stoves is 16”, mostly because it is the most practical length for handling. Knowing the maximum log length is useful because the firebox should be about three inches bigger than your average piece of firewood.

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