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How does a wood burning stove heat my house?

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

A wood burning stove works by burning wood in a contained space to produce heat, which is then transferred to the surrounding air and radiated out into the room.

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When you light a fire in the wood burning stove, the wood burns and releases heat, which warms up the metal or cast iron of the stove. This metal then becomes hot and radiates heat outward in all directions. The heat from the stove warms up the air around it, which then rises and circulates around the room, creating a convection current that helps to distribute the heat more evenly.

Most modern wood burning stoves also have a system of air vents and ducts that help to increase the efficiency of the stove and circulate the warm air around the room more effectively. For example, some stoves have a blower fan that helps to blow warm air out into the room, while others have ducts that allow you to channel the warm air to other parts of the house.

In addition to heating the air in the room, a wood burning stove can also heat nearby surfaces such as walls, floors, and furniture. This is because the heat radiated by the stove can be absorbed by these surfaces, which then radiate their own heat back into the room.

Overall, a wood burning stove can be an effective way to heat your home, providing a source of warmth and comfort on cold winter days. However, it is important to use the stove safely and correctly, and to follow all manufacturer's instructions and any local regulations or guidelines regarding the installation and use of wood burning stoves.

If you are looking to have a stove installed check out our blog 'Why Buy A Wood Burning Stove?'

Need help deciding? Intelligent Chimney Solutions supplies and installs DEFRA approved wood burning stoves and multi duel stoves within Norfolk and are happy to advise you of the best solutions for your home or business. Call 01485 601477 or email or visit


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