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Steel Wood Stove

The steel wood stove has become the standard in home wood heating since the 20th century for many reasons. If you’re debating iron vs. steel this may help convince you!

Steel has several advantages over cast iron. For the size, they are usually a little bit lighter than a cast iron unit, although they are both usually massively heavy and are far from being an kind of easily portable stuff. From an startup standpoint, they are much quicker to get up to heating temperature from a cold start than a iron beast. Likewise, they are much quicker to cool down to a safe temperature after they are shut down. Cast iron can remain deceptively hot for quite a while.

Steel stoves use welds to seal the panels together, and should create an airtight barrier for the life of the unit with proper maintenance. Cast iron stoves are constructed from separate iron pieces that are fused together using a high temperature epoxy or cement. Over time, this substance will wear down and potentially cause gaps in the stove. The only way to properly maintain this is by disassembling it and restoring the bonding agent between the pieces. Not an easy job by any means.

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