How much Does a Wood Stove Weigh?

We all know that they can add character, style and charm to a home, but how much does a wood stove weigh? 

The short answer is a lot. 

Normally, wood burners consist of a firebox and this is usually created using cast iron or steel. As a result, they are extremely hard-wearing, solid and heavy. 

If you’re currently renovating, considering buying a new stove or moving an old one, then let’s look at the details and “need to knows” when it comes to wood stove weight. 

How much Does a Wood Stove Weigh?

As we’ve said, wood burning stoves are heavy! 

How heavy? 

Normally, you’re looking at an average wood burning stove weighing anywhere between 300 and 800lbs (130-360kg). This weight will be focused primarily on the main body of the stove, the “firebox”. 

The reason for this large range in possible weights is simply because stoves can range in size. 

Each stove will also come with a chimney or flue setup, and may also feature an ash tray and or removable vent controls. All of this will add to the time required to dismantle a stove, and will also add to total weight. 

However, it’s important to remember that almost all of the weight will come from the main stove body itself. 

Another consideration is size. There is no set size or design for a wood burner, and weight will increase or decrease depending on the size of the stove, alongside materials used to build it. 

Take two random stoves here as an example:

Both of the stoves listed above are made with steel bodies, but obviously the Lagom model will be heavier due to its increased size. 

Wood Stove Materials 

The reason wood burning stoves are so heavy is because of both the construction and the materials used. 

Wood burners, by design, have to be built to withstand huge temperatures. They’re also built to retain and contain this heat for long periods of time, and as a result they have to be incredibly robust. 

With all this in mind, wood burners are normally constructed using cast iron, sheet iron or steel. On top of this, some stoves are lined with fire brick or stone to further enhance as much heat retention as possible. 

All of this combines to make them incredibly heavy. 

Stove Moving Tips

In the vast majority of cases we would recommend that you hire professional movers and notify them upfront that you want a stove moved. 

This becomes even more important if the stove has to be moved between multiple floors of a building. 

If you do decide to move the stove yourself, make sure you have a group of strong family or friends at hand and then:

  • Create a clear pathway from stove to front door through the house, removing any clutter or tripping hazards
  • Dismantle the stove piece by piece, packing smaller parts and fixtures so not to lose them
  • Remove all smaller parts from the room, so that you’re left with the main body of the stove
  • Use a dolly, wheelbarrow or similar-styled equipment and position it as close to the stove as possible
  • When ready, lift and lay the stove onto your dolly
  • Move slowly throughout the house, with all helping hands either holding the stove or pushing the dolly at as smooth a pace as possible
  • Depending on the height of your removal van, use either a loading ramp or loading lift to load the stove
  • Make sure it’s secure, locked in and wrapped up or padded for transit 

As we’ve said, this is an incredibly heavy piece of equipment so unless you’re experienced in moving or have multiple fit and strong friends at hand, consider a professional moving team as your best option and money well spent. 

If you attempt this yourself, without the right equipment, help or experience, you may risk serious injury as well as damage to your home or stove. 

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