Here are some warning signs that can help you determine when it’s time to replace your existing Wood Stove.
Warning sign one: Steel warping: Warping is the first stage of the metal cracking or splitting and is a good indicator of when you need to start shopping for a new wood stove. Warping will allow more air to enter into the wood stove than it was engineered to contain, and that will reduce efficiency.
Warning sign two: Shortened burn times: Pay attention to your wood stove burn times. When there are changes in air flow inside your wood stove it will drastically reduce burn times and the efficiency of your stove. This could be an indication of a leak in a crucial area like the door gasket, gasket seal or ash pan. If the wood stove gets really hot, but burns out quickly this is another sign of too much air seeping into the burn chamber.
Warning sign three: Sluggish performance: You might be struggling to light the stove, or find you’re smoking out the house when you’re lighting it. That could mean the baffle has caved in, or other welded components have warped.
While it’s never fun to have to replace a hard-working appliance, an upgrade can come with significant benefits: You’ll notice an efficiency increase going from older technology to newer, as well as updated safety standards. And, depending on how old your previous model was, you might notice significant fuel savings, too.