How to Choose a High-Quality Stove: The Best Wood Stoves for Your Home

Your Home Deserves the Best Wood Stove – Here Are Tips for Choosing One

It’s the age of information and when making purchases, smart people spend time researching online. Choosing the best wood stove qualifies as an important purchase, and if you are one of those smart people, you’ll carefully research and plan prior to swiping your credit card or taking out cash. To help expedite the process, there are several time-honored and new technologies and materials to consider when buying a high quality wood stove.

Four-Point Burn System
While Quadra-Fire invented this technology 30 years ago, the patented Four-Point Burn System present in all Quadra-Fire wood stoves, fireplaces and inserts continues to earn its place as a premier, top-performing burn technology. The system burns and re-burns not only the wood, but gases and smoke up to four times, meaning every bit of energy in the wood is fully utilized and turned into heat. The result is powerful heat requiring fewer trips to the wood pile and minimal ash to clean up. Since it’s non-catalytic, the system does not degrade in performance over time.

Automatic Combustion Control
Other Quadra-Fire wood-burning stoves feature Automatic Combustion Control (ACC) technology, which is a burn-rate control system that feeds air to the fire when needed, based on the amount of heat desired. It provides reliable, hassle-free heating – it’s as simple as loading the wood, lighting the fire and selecting high, medium or low settings for optimum home comfort.

As you research high quality wood stoves, you’ll find that Quadra-Fire is built on a legacy of quality construction, high performance and patented technologies.

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Tips for Burning Wood

Burning wood made simple

It’s almost Thanksgiving and frosty nights are moving in. Make no bones about it, Old Man Winter is on his way! Soon wood stoves and inserts across the country will rise to the occasion, heating our homes and warming our hearts all winter long. Make light work of building fires with this common sense advice.

It Takes Two to Tango
Good fires require two things – the right stove and the right wood. If you have an older stove or insert that’s not EPA-certified or built in this century, it’s inefficient. Period. Upgrade to a stove that’s EPA-certified and outfitted with the best wood-burning technologies like Quadra-Fire stoves. With minimal particulate emissions they are kinder to the environment, and a single load of wood will produce heat for many hours – provided you choose the best wood for burning.

Garbage in, Garbage Out
Don’t expect great fires from poor quality wood. You need to know how to choose firewood. Broadleaf species like oak, ash, maple and hickory will burn the best and longest. There’s nothing wrong with softer woods like pine or cedar, but they tend to burn faster and have higher concentrations of sap, producing more smoke and sparks. Also, make sure logs are cut in 16- to 18-inch lengths – this is a good rule of thumb to ensure they fit into the stove for burning.

Haste Makes Waste
Make sure your wood, no matter what species, has been seasoned properly before attempting to burn it in your stove or insert. This process can’t be rushed. The best wood for burning has been cut, split and stacked for at least six months so it’s free of sap, no longer green, and very dry.

Adding Fuel to the Fire
When it comes to learning how to build a fire, practice makes perfect. It’s done in stages and basic steps include opening the air controls, building and lighting a base of newspaper and kindling, ensuring there’s a draft up the flue, adding three to four logs and closing the door. Your Quadra-Fire stove or insert will do the rest. When it’s time to append the fire with more wood, don’t be stingy by adding just one log. Add two or three logs at a time so there’s more surface area to keep the fire burning.

Burning the Midnight Wood
Before hitting the hay, keep your stove warm all night by supplementing the fire with a few more logs – and pick thicker and bigger logs for this job. In the morning, a warm stove and coals will make stoking the fire faster and easier.

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