Wood stoves – An Architect’s Buying Guide ( what you need to know )

For my related video on firewood storage:

In this video I present a comprehensive buying guide – a primer on what you need to know before buying a wood stove.
Topics include:
Material selection – Steel vs. Cast Iron
Stove Output (BTU vs. Size)
Firebox size
Catalytic vs. Non-Catalytic
Flue (Interior and Exterior)
Hearth Protection
Wood Storage
Ash pan

Acquiring, stacking and moving wood will become a part of your life. I personally embrace these as part of my choice to live in a cold climate, and I feel like the added effort is good for both myself and the environment — but it’s certainly not for everyone.

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  1. iChronus
    October 28, 2015

    can you make a video that tackles deeper thoughts about sustainability?

  2. DarthHugsALot
    June 1, 2016

    Thanks for posting this vid, very informative.

  3. Patrick Kniesler
    September 8, 2016

    I hope you can find a Rocket Mass Heater to check out in Maine.
    Want me to find you one?

  4. Epic Army Of One
    January 12, 2017

    I split and stack cords upon cords of wood each year for my folks. that's their primary heating fuel for the radiant floor heating system in dad's shop.

    we've got trees either dieing or someone cutting down a tree line somewhere not too far away.

    as for the ashes, they keep insects out of and off of mom's garden plants and maintain a better pH level.

    there's benefits to everything if you're willing to look.

    February 11, 2017

    very thorough lecture ?Do you have a website or company.

  6. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    Having grown up with wood heating I really craved it when living in a house that didn't have one, you really cant beat the radiant heat produced by wood heaters that warms your body like no other heat source. I recently purchased a small wood heater and though its correct for the space being heated I certainly notice the disadvantage in the maximum size of wood that can be put in the heater at once and especially having to place the logs horizontally which safety wise is not ideal as if not careful the logs have a tendency to want to roll out the front but is necessary as the depth of the heater is simply to small to place them any other way. If I bought one again I would go with the medium to large size that I grey up with. It is however very efficient.

  7. Steve Wages
    April 20, 2017

    This is the best overview video I've found on wood stoves. Appreciate the inclusion of catalytic vs non in the discussion. And the photos show beautiful architecture and settings. Thanks for this!

  8. Oleks Borovskyi
    May 19, 2017

    Very helpful, thank you.

  9. Brown Bunny
    August 4, 2017

    Thank you, great information.. I wanted to get the Kimberly Wood Stove, for my Skoolie, but at first I thought it to be pricey. … But after seeing your video I think I may have to play "Lotto", more along with some Overtime at work….
    My bus has no additional insulation and inside dimension are:
    7',6"W X 35'L X 6',5" H, I'm hoping a medium sized wood stove will do the job
    Please, let me know if I'm wrong,…
    Thank you, again

  10. Rye Bast
    September 20, 2017

    thanks for doing a video on modern wood stoves. I own a Morso like the one at 7:05 of the video. I like that you talk about wood length on the vid. My stove can only take a 10 inch long piece of wood. I process my own wood but if something happened and I couldnt do it any longer I would not be able to buy a cord of wood because the 16 inch length is the standard for a cord of wood. Something to think about.

  11. chet mcguire
    October 31, 2017

    There is a learning curve on operating a catalytic combustor. Once mastered, you'll never want another conventional. I do believe you mentioned conventional stoves are almost as efficient as catalytic? I found that conventional stoves, in real world comparison, are inefficient and just a lot more work.

  12. brianbirc
    November 4, 2017

    Really do any of these fail? After 9/11 I can not see others using something like this.

  13. Baby BlueEyes
    November 24, 2017


  14. Jerry Pilozow
    December 11, 2017

    Super informative, everything you ever wanted to know about heating with wood, thank you!

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