How Long Do Wood Burning Stoves Last?

Wood burning stoves are extremely durable. But it is also true that some last longer than the others. How long your wood burning stove will last depends above all on the following factors:

- Quality of material and manufacture. Obviously, wood burning stoves that are made from the highest quality metal according to the best manufacturing practices will last longer than their cheap counterparts. These in best case last only a few years, some lasting as little as 2 to 3 years. Quality wood burning stoves, on the other hand, easily last a lifetime.

- Proper operation. If you want your wood burning stove to keep you warm for decades, it is crucial to operate it properly. Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and burn exclusively seasoned logs. Under any condition burn anything but wood logs if your stove isn't designed for multi fuel. Also, be sure not to overheat your stove. By doing so, you are risking a potentially unrepairable damage which can dramatically shorten its durability.

- Maintenance. Wood burning stoves are very undemanding when it comes to maintenance. There are, however, a few chores which are of key importance if you want your stove to last. You are highly recommended to clean your stove as recommended by the manufacturer, both inside and outside. You are also advised to have your stove inspected by an expert at least once per year to make sure that it is in top condition. If there are any signs of damage or problems, don't postpone the repair. By having the problem fixed immediately, you will both avoid a potentially costly repair and extend the stove's durability.

Our Advice

You are recommended not to make any compromises when it comes to quality when buying a new wood burning stove. It may be true that we are living in very uncertain times and that every pound that is saved matters, however, you won't save any money by choosing a cheaply made stove. Not only you will have to replace it relatively soon but you will also spend a little fortune on installation. In addition, you will probably burn more logs because cheap stoves aren't as efficient.  

Proper operation and maintenance are just as important as choosing a quality wood burning stove. By operating your stove according to the manufacturer's instructions and keeping it well maintained, you will postpone the need to buy a new stove for decades. So be sure to read the user's manual and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. If the stove is causing any problems, have it inspected and repaired immediately. You are highly recommended to resist the temptation to fix the problem on your own because you may further damage your stove and possibly even make it unsafe for further use. Issues requiring a professional repair should be left over to the professionals.