When my house was renovated in the 1970s they replaced the beautiful old doors with cheap plywood doors. I wanted to replace our current doors with some feature doors that help to emphasise the beautiful dimensions of our house while allowing us to make the most of the light and warmth in the different rooms. I have compared options with a range of different doors before making my final decision. This blog talks about our project to select new doors in our home and I hope it will be useful to other people who are trying a similar project and replacing their internal doors.
A wood heater is a great choice for any home, as it means keeping the home warm during the long months of winter, while also making the home seem more cosy and inviting. Since there are a number of wood heaters from which to choose, you might note a few simple tips to keep in mind, and these will help you to determine the best one for your home and your particular needs.
If you want a wood heater to heat more than just the space in front of it, you'll need a fan in the heater. The fan will help to circulate that warm air throughout the home, rather than allowing heat to escape through the chimney or to simply settle into the space in front of the heater itself.
Cleaning the heater
Cleaning a wood heater can be very difficult, so to make this as easy as possible, choose one with what is called an air wash system. This forces cool air in front of the glass doors of the heater. This cool air keeps the flames, soot, ash, and other debris away from the doors, so they stay cleaner over time. You may still need to clean the inside of those doors on occasion, but an air wash system will mean far less cleaning every year.
Another features to consider is an ash drawer. This drawer sits below the heater, with an opening on the heater floor. You can then simply sweep ash and soot over that opening, and it will settle into the drawer underneath, which you then empty when it gets full. This is faster and easier than having to sweep out the entire heater every time ash and soot builds up.
If you don't want a stovepipe to interfere with the appearance of your home's exterior, consider a heater with a back vent. This vent goes through the outside wall of the home, so you don't need a chimney. Your installer will need to note if you have enough wall space to accommodate this vent, but it can mean not needing to worry about an unsightly stovepipe on the home's roof.
If you want a fire to burn for several hours, you'll need a larger heater that can hold several logs at once. Don't assume that a smaller heater will accommodate, as simply stacking several logs on top of one another will smother a fire rather than feed it, so consider upgrading to a size that will offer the flame you want, for as long as you want.