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Soapstone Wood Stoves - Extraordinary Heating Properties | Fireplaces Guide

Soapstone Wood Stove Features

A soapstone wood stove is a famous wood-burning stove that has side and top panels made of soapstone, rather than cast iron. Soapstone is a soft, natural mineral, and has some of the most extraordinary heating properties of all natural materials. That is why a soapstone wood stove is reputed to be among the best-performing of all such heating options. These woodstoves have been used to heat homes in Northern Europe and Scandinavia for centuries. Nowadays Soapstone wood stoves are becoming popular choices for heating a home.

Soapstone Stove

Soapstone Stove

These stoves provide superior heat because of soapstone’s unique properties. It outperforms other natural minerals, storing more heat for its weight. In addition, the substance stores and radiates heat into the home very evenly, avoiding temperature peaks and valleys that are common with other stoves.

Cast Iron Wood Stoves

Although cast iron wood stoves heat up more quickly than those made of soapstone, its radiance allows it to continue to steadily release stored heat long after the actual fire has gone out. As a result, a soapstone wood stove is popular among people whose source of home heating is wood.

It’s good to note that in addition to potentially reducing wood consumption, it continues to heat the home after people have gone to bed, thereby eliminating the need to get up in the middle of the night to add wood to a fire. There are some soapstone stove models can heat a home for up to 14 hours. If you want to purchase a quick-heating stove, there are designs that combine iron and soapstone parts, providing the quick-heating properties of iron with the ongoing radiance of soapstone.

Wood Stove or Cook Stove

A wood stove is different from a cook stove fueled by wood. However, a soapstone wood stove can be used as a cooking surface. Pots and pans can be placed directly on the top panel of the stove for this purpose. A wood-fired cook stove differs in form from a wood stove used for heating, as its primary purpose is for kitchen use, and one includes an oven and large stove top.

No doubt a soapstone wood stove can be a functional and attractive addition to a home. They are generally rugged and durable. After the initial expense of the stove and installation, they are inexpensive to operate because the only cost involved is typically that of the wood.

Most Popular Soapstone Stoves Models

Features of Soapstone Wood Stoves

There are some features that make soapstone wood stoves a more expensive choice though. For instance, many soapstone stoves are handmade. This is a wonderful detail and one that is exceptional. However, it can also raise prices considerably for your wood stove purchase. Also, many of the pieces come with ornate detail that is very fine and a very good investment in style and taste.

On the other hand, nobody can deny that soapstone wood stoves are exceptional in their beauty. They are available in three colors — black, gray, and green. These are the three naturally-occurring colors of the stone. There is no difference among them in terms of heating capacity, the color merely changes the look of the stove.

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