What size stove do I need?

It is best to select a stove based on the square footage needed to heat. The more wood a stove can hold, the more BTUs it can produce and the larger area it can heat. Stoves with a less than 1,000 square foot rating are considered small; up to 1,500 square feet are considered medium; up to 2,000 square feet large; over 2,000 feet extra large. Calculate the square footage you want to heat and consider ceiling height (square footage ratings are based on 8' ceilings), stairwells close by and openings in the room to distribute the heat. If you just want a stove to take the chill off in the evening, then a smaller stove is best. If you are trying to heat a large area continuously, then consider one appropriate for the size of the space.