What is the Most Efficient Wood Burning Stove?

Considering adding a wood burning stove to your home? Or a new upgrade?

When buying a wood burning stove, the most important factor is going to be the efficiency rating. Obviously stoves provide character, aesthetics and style to a home, but its primary purpose will always be providing as much heat as possible.

As a result, it’s important to identify the most efficient models possible when doing your research. Not only will stoves with high-efficiency ratings be better for the environment, but they’ll also save you money on your energy bills.

We will take you through which wood burners are the most efficient.

Are Wood Burning Stoves Efficient?

When purchasing a wood burning stove, try not to concentrate too much on the price and design. We know these are important factors, but first consider performance-related issues.

Heating output, efficiency rate, emission rates, and long burn time are the main factors to consider when buying a wood burning stove. Manufacturers of wood burning stoves, built after the 1st May 2015, must test and report the overall efficiency rating as part of the EPA-certification process. If you would like to identify an EPA-certified appliance, look on the back for a metal tag, refer to your owner’s manual or check EPA’s list of certified appliances

Also, remember to check the BTU output before you buy a wood burning stove. This is a measure of how much heat a given wood stove can produce. The units used here are British thermal units per hour. The wood stove will usually have the maxim BTU heating output and the heating area. 

What is the Most Efficient Wood Burning Stove in 2022?

The best wood burning stoves are simply the stoves that are the most efficient. Below we have stated what the best wood burning stoves are for efficiency and a description of why. When choosing which stove you want for your home, you can consider this list:

Ashley Hearth AW1820E:

This wood burning stove has a very high-efficiency rating of over 75%. Ashley Hearth has the most heat efficiently extracted from burning wood. It has a heat output of 69,000 BTU/hr, which makes it big enough to be well suited to most homes. The total heating area ranges up to 1,800 sq ft (with almost 30 BTU heating output per sq ft).

  • Heat Output: 69,000 BTU/h
  • Energy Efficiency: Over 75%
  • Size (WxDxH): 20.2 x 27.2 x 22.4 inches
  • Burn time: Up to 12 hours
  • Heating area: Up to 1,200 sq ft

Drolet Escape 1800

The Drolet Escape 1800 is a large non-catalytic wood stove that is ideal for spaces up to 2,100 ft. This wood burning stove can produce up to 75,000 BTU/h and emits only 1.54 g/h of fine particles. The unit is equipped with side panels that reduce clearances to combustible materials, and a top heat exchanger that redirects heat to the front of the unit.

  • Heat output: 75,000 BTU
  • Energy efficiency: EPA Certified
  • Size (WxDxH): 26.75 x 25.5 x 32.5 inches
  • Burn time: Up to 8 hours
  • Heating area: 500 – 2,100 sq ft

Englander 2,000

The Englander 2,000 is powered by an auto-start igniter and user-friendly control board, which makes it quick and easy to operate. It heats up to 2,000 sq. ft. It has a firebox that is easy to clean and that burns cleanly and efficiently. The elegant, three-panel door design provides an attractive view of the firebox. The decorative air wash adds beauty to the fire while keeping the door glass cleaner.

  • Heat output: 80,000 BTU
  • Energy efficiency: EPA Certified
  • Size (WxDxH): 31 x 21.5 x 30 inches
  • Burn time: Up to 30 hours
  • Heating area: Up to 2,000 sq ft

Englander 2,400

The Englander 2,400 has a cast iron arched door with an extra-large fire view window, which provides a great view of the stoves burn. It can be a cozy addition to your living area. This wood burning stove is Mobile Home approved (USA) and can generate more than 75,000 BTUs when burning seasoned cordwood.

  • Heat output: 75,000 BTU
  • Energy efficiency: EPA Certified
  • Size (WxDxH): 20x21x12
  • Burn time: Up to 14 hours
  • Heating area: 2,400 sq ft

Pleasant Hearth Medium WSL-1800

This stove is non-catalytic with highly efficient and effective heating zones. It has been EPA certified with emissions at 2.18 grams/hour. This stove is perfect for single-family use with little assembly required. It will operate at its best when it is fuelled with seasoned cord firewood.

  • Heat output: 65,000 BTU/hr
  • Energy efficiency: EPA Certified
  • Size (WxDxH): 27 x 28 x 30.875 inches
  • Burn time: Unknown
  • Heating area: Up to 1,800 sq ft

Making Your Decision

Obviously there are hundreds of wood burner models and options out there but this should give you a flavor of what to look for and consider before making your decision.

You do not have to choose one of the stoves above when making a purchase, but make sure you always consider the following beforehand:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Heat output
  • Heating area

We also know that every buyer will also consider the design and price, but just remember that these aren’t the most important factors. Buying a high quality, energy-efficient stove will ensure you get the very best out of the purchase.

Wood burning stoves can be a beautiful addition to your home, and we hope we have helped you make your decision. For everything else home heating, stick with CosyWarmer.com