Wood Stoves vs. Fireplaces

Wood Stoves vs. Fireplaces

Bethany Adams
Oct 27, 2010

Recently, I was talking with a friend about the virtues of wood stoves and was surprised to learn that, though she could appreciate the efficiency of the wood stove, she would sooner bring home a pet elephant than have a wood stove in her living room.

I grew up in a home with a wood stove so, to me, it seems like a viable option for wintertime coziness. As I recently came to understand from my friend, though, for some people wood stoves conjure up images of grueling frontier life and a dependence on fire for actual heat.

The fireplace, my pal argued, is, first and foremost an aesthetic consideration — with the added benefit of feeling cozy when there is a fire going.

I have to admit that a fireplace looks just as fabulous in the summer as it does in the winter, while a wood stove in summer can seem out of place and, well, kind of sad.

Unlike a fireplace which usually has a mantle on which to display various lovely things year round , a wood stove usually sits alone and forlorn in a corner in warmer months. Still, I maintain, there is a time and a place (and a climate!) in which a wood (or pellet) stove is the obvious best choice.

I'm curious to know where do you stand on the divide. Are you staunchly pro-stove or pro-fireplace; or is there a time and place for each?

Images: HGTV and Lonny Magazine

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