How is wood-burning equipment sized?

The literature on wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and inserts will provide lots of information.  Included with these details will be the size of the firebox.  The size of the firebox in wood-burning equipment is expressed in “cubic feet”.  The larger the number, the bigger the firebox.  And a larger firebox means longer burn times and more heat.  Generally speaking, a small firebox for a fireplace, stove or insert will be 1.7 cu/ft or less.   A medium size firebox will 1.8 – 2.5 cu/ft.  And most dealers think a larger firebox are those over 2.6 cu/ft.

Manufacturers will also tag an approximate number on square footage.  Small fireboxes often will heat up to 1400 sq/ft., medium up to 2000 sq/ft. and large fireboxes over 2000 sq/ft.  Obviously, there are many, many variables that will greatly affect the heating requirements of your home.  That’s why you will see the words “up to” in the product brochures.

Below is a list of We Love Fire's Experts that service Virginia (VA)

Mechanicsville, VA

Hearth & Home Shoppe
8151 Mechanicsville Tpk, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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Roanoke, VA

Dixie Building Products Inc.
3342 Melrose Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24017


For more information, contact your local We Love Fire dealer..

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