Heat retaining stoves are a great way of maximising the heat energy generated by your wood burning stove. To explain, the heat from your fire is absorbed by heat retaining stone which is then radiated into the room for up to 12 hours after the fire has gone out. Therefore it is an option worth considering if you want your stove to be more than a 'top up' heat source.
There are two main types of heat retaining options available - Internal Heat Storage Stones or External Soap Stone and more recently Sandstone.
The stove has the capacity to have heat storage stones added to the internal structure of the fire. It is often an optional extra and may increase the price of the stove, however this cost will be recovered in time due to the additional heating efficiency of the stove. There are several manufacturers that offer these types of stove including Rais, Contura, Stuv, Jotul .
In addition there are various models to choose from and they range in height and shape. Here is just a selection of what's available...
The following video of the Stuv 30 H highlights the advantages of the heat retaining stones and how effective they are.
Soapstone and Sandstone all have the ability to retain heat and therefore will stay hot for hours. The materials have taken hundreds of years to form and as a result can be exposed to extreme heat without cracking or being compromised. Stone can be used to add an external cladding to the stove which stores heat and radiates it long after the stove has been extinguished. In short, it is exactly the same principle as adding heat retaining stones. Some stoves can have a small amount of soapstone as a top plate such as the Jotul 305, where as others are totally clad. Therefore, the amount of improved heat retaining qualities your stove has will depend on how much soapstone is used.
In conclusion, here are some of the advantages of heat retaining stoves.
If heat retaining stoves are of interest, pop into our showroom and talk to a member of our team or get in touch. In addition we can help guide you through the process from choosing the right stove to installation and aftercare.