Wood burning stoves provide heat by burning wood. As the wood burns, the heat will come from the top and sides of the stove. There is a wood stove at my home, which was purchased by mom last year after my several repeated requests for a wood burner. Since we bought it, our house is not cold any anymore, quite warm and comfortable and is more and more like a house.
A solid fuel stove can heat an entire house if it is placed correctly. Since heat rises, placing the stove in a basement with vents and fans to the upstairs area is ideal. Heat-activated fans are available to mount directly over the stove to make sure that no heat is wasted and that it gets dispersed throughout the space. This is a way that makes the stove work efficiently.
However, maybe, for some families, it is quite necessary to know how to make an old wood stove work more efficiently. There are some suggestions as following.
As we known that, old wood burning stoves just radiate heat into the area where they reside. Therefore, an efficient method is to use a fan to circulate the heat. A fan will push the heat around the room, distributing the warm air to make the stove a much more efficient heating device. There are many types of fans that you can choose from, from plug-in house or box fans to fans that are non-electric and specifically made to run off the radiant heat of the wood stove. In addition, they are available at many department stores, hardware stores or online.