Material and build-quality of the stove
Your choice of material and build-quality will have an enormous impact on the quality and longevity of your stove. Supreme quality wood-burning stoves are mostly built of the best cast-iron, steel or stainless steel which are airtight, highly heat-resistant, rust and corrosion resistant and transfer the heat evenly to the air around it. Chesneys, Morso, Rocal, RB73 and Happy Cocooning are just some of the top brand names that can be trusted to provide the best quality wood-burning stoves.
Cast-iron is a material produced in a special process, consisting of iron, mixed with carbon and small amounts of silicon, manganese, sulphur and phosphorous. Various amounts of nickel, chromium and molybdenum may also be included in the best quality cast-iron to make it more resistant to heat, rust, wear and corrosion. The raw material is melted and cast into moulds to obtain the desired form or shape, hence the name.
Steel and Stainless-Steel
Specialised wood-burning stoves may be manufactured from the best quality steel, consisting of a mixture of various amounts of iron, carbon, manganese, silicon, aluminium, nickel, chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, vanadium, tungsten, titanium, niobium, zirconium, nitrogen, sulphur, copper, boron, lead, tellurium, and selenium. When purchasing a stainless-steel stove, it is important to confirm the quality and thickness used.