Woodstoves | Designer, Architect, & Builder Info
Woodstoves are freestanding and designed to burn cordwood. They are built from 3 different materials—steel, cast iron, or soapstone. The key difference between these materials is in how fast the stove body heats up and at what rate the heat is distributed into the living environment. Steel heats up quickly and loses heat quickly, cast iron less so, and soapstone heats slowly and retains heat longer. To clarify, choosing one material over the other does not provide more heat, it only affects the rate at which the stove transfers heat from the firebox to the room. Many steel stoves can have either legs or pedestals; whereas cast iron and soapstone models are generally only available on legs. The best way to quantify the size of a woodstove is by the size of the firebox. Modern stoves are much more efficient than those of the 1980’s, so they have a smaller firebox. Firebox volumes ranges from about 1.4 cubic feet up to 3.2 cubic feet. The length of log that the firebox can accommodate ranges from about 16” up to 24”. All models have ceramic glass and optional outside air adapters. Pricing for a typical woodstove project ranges from $4200-$9,400; however, project pricing does vary based on the complexity of the project.
Lopi is our top-of-the line woodstove brand. They offer steel and cast iron stoves with ultra-low emissions.
Hearthstone is a high-quality stove brand known for their unique soapstone body stoves. Soapstone offers the longest radiant heat life; however, Hearthstone also offers stoves made of cast iron with both natural and enamel finishes.