6 Best High Efficiency Wood Burning Stoves

The page features the most efficient wood stove models available today – up to 85% efficient, meaning that much of the heat created can be used to warm your home, while only 15% of it is lost.

High Efficiency Wood Stoves

Any wood stove that has been built since 1988 is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have a high efficiency design to ensure that the wood fuel is more thoroughly combusted. If you have a wood stove or fireplace that was built before 1988, you may want to consider replacing it with an EPA certified wood stove. This will save you at least 30 percent in possible energy costs.

The 6 Best High Efficiency Wood Stoves

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Ashley Hearth AW2020E-P

  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Black
  • Item Dimensions: 21 x 29.4 x 31.25 inches
  • Heat Output: 89,000 BTU

Englander 2000 #15-W13

  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Black
  • Item Dimensions: 27 x 22 x 30 inches
  • Heat Output: 80,000 BTU

Drolet Escape 1800 Wood Stove

  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Black
  • Item Dimensions: 26.75 x 25.5 x 32.5 inches
  • Heat Output: 75,000 BTU

Englander 2400 #32-NC

  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Black
  • Item Dimensions: 31.25 x 24 x 30 inches
  • Heat Output: 75,000 BTU

Ashley Hearth AW1120E-P

  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Black
  • Item Dimensions: 21 x 22.5 x 31.7 inches
  • Heat Output: 68,000 BTU

Pleasant Hearth Medium WSL-1800

  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Black
  • Item Dimensions: 27 x 28 x 30.875 inches
  • Heat Output: 65,000 BTU

The Best High Efficiency Wood Stove Reviews

Here is a review of the best high-efficiency wood stoves that are on the market. The main features, any ratings, pros and cons, and any other additional accessories will be listed, as well as what the bottom line, overall thoughts about each wood stove.

Note on Availability – With all appliances difficult to find right now due to global supply chain and local labor challenges, some stoves might not be available at all times. Pick HVAC seeks to choose high-quality wood stoves with higher numbers available, so choose one you’re interested in and check it out. If it isn’t available right now, check back or continue to shop for a comparable model that is in stock.

Ashley Hearth AW2020E-P

Ashley Hearth makes reliable, high-quality stoves. This pedestal stove offers a beautiful view of the flames, is easy to fill and clean and has outstanding heating capacity.

Features:

  • Heats up to 2,000 square feet
  • EPA approved
  • Brushed nickel spring door handle
  • Firebrick lined interior
  • Large ash box with a brushed nickel handle
  • 16” by 10” window for viewing the fire burning
  • 283 pounds
  • 2.0 cubic foot firebox
  • Holds wood logs up to 21 inches in length
  • 21 x 29.4 x 31.25 inches

Ratings:

  • 89,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs) is a lot of heat!
  • Meets EPAs Step 2 2020 Certification Requirements

Pros:

  • Rated to be used in mobile homes, so application is very versatile
  • High BTUs for the size of the wood stove

Cons:

  • A bit expensive
  • Some assembly required

Bottom Line:

This is a great mid-sized wood stove that is very efficient and easy to use. The Ashley Hearth AW2020E-P is aesthetically pleasing and a very popular model.

Accessories:

Blower sold separately (model CB36 or B36)

Englander 2000 #15-W13

This is another attractive wood stove with plenty of heating capacity for most uses – your home, basement, workshop or pole building. Englander is considered one of the top manufacturers of home-size wood-burning stoves.

Features:

  • Can heat up 2,000 square feet of living space
  • EPA approved
  • Non-catalytic
  • Nickel handles for cool touch when needed
  • Large ash pan
  • Weighs 365 pounds
  • Can hold logs as long as 18 inches
  • 2.45 cubic foot firebox is larger than average for longer burn times
  • Rectangular in shape
  • Constructed of stainless steel
  • The door is constructed of cast iron
  • Up to ten hours of burn time
  • Blower is included, which is variable speed for added indoor comfort
  • Made in the United States
  • Dimensions: 22"W x 30"H x 27"D

Ratings:

  • 80,000 BTUs
  • 63% efficiency rating
  • Emissions rating of 1.9 g/hour

Pros:

  • Burn time of up to 10 hours
  • Very aesthetically pleasing
  • Stainless steel construction with a cast iron door

Cons:

  • Quite heavy, but the unit contains a blower assembly, and that adds to its weight. Plus, well-constructed stoves sometimes weigh more because beefier materials are used.
  • Somewhat limited availability, but choose the link to see if your local store has one

Bottom Line:

The Englander 2000 (model number 15-W13) is an American-made wood stove that is both functional and reliable. It can burn up ten hours on a single load of wood. It has a stainless steel body with cast iron doors, complete with a nickel-plated handle. The Englander 2000 puts out 80,000 BTUs and is perfect for mid-sized to larger spaces.

England makes a nice lineup of pellet stoves too, if that’s an option you’re considering.

Accessories:

The blower is included with the purchase of the Englander 2000.

Drolet Escape 1800 Wood Stove

Drolet is considered a premium brand, and this one is priced comparably to other most efficient wood stove options on this list.

The style of this pedestal stove is traditional with a handsome nickel door overlay/frame and large window for enjoying the ambiance of the fire inside. It includes a top air deflector, handy as lip and air damper.

Features:

  • Can heat up to 2,200 square feet
  • Alloy steel that is painted black
  • Large ceramic glass window
  • 2.4 cubic foot fire box that is lined with firebricks
  • Easy access ash drawer
  • Burn time of around eight hours
  • 386 pounds
  • Non-catalytic
  • Holds wood logs up to 20 inches in lengths
  • Certified for mobile homes and alcoves
  • Made in Canada

Ratings:

  • 75,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs)
  • 77% efficiency rating
  • Average particulate emissions rate of 1.54 g/h

Pros:

  • Heats a large amount of square feet
  • Very versatile, can be used in manufactured housing

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Blower sold separately, but available and listed below

Bottom Line:

The Drolet Escape 1800 is a freestanding pedestal stove that is perfect for a number of different home styles. Although it is heavy, the Drolet Escape 1800 is perfect for alcoves or any tight-fitting areas due to the great design, which includes specially designed side panels.

Accessories:

Englander 2400 #32-NC

This is a large-capacity wood stove that will keep your home, basement or out-building warm in the coldest weather.

And it is made in the US by one of the highest rated and best-selling brands of efficient wood stoves – Englander.

Features:

  • Can heat up to 2,400 square feet with potential output of 75,000 BTU.
  • EPA approved
  • Nickel handles
  • Large ash drawer for easy clean-up of ash
  • 3.5 cubic foot firebox
  • The firebox is lined with brick to increase efficiency
  • Can hold up to 20” long logs
  • 398 pounds
  • 30 in. H x 24 in. W x 31.25 in
  • Square design
  • Up to 14 hours of burn time
  • Constructed of steel with a cast iron door
  • Large viewing window
  • Made in the United States

Ratings:

  • 75,000 BTUs
  • 63% efficiency rating
  • 1.6 grams/hour soot emissions

Pros:

  • Large firebox
  • Made in the United States
  • Puts out a lot of heat for a large space
  • Huge glass window for viewing the fire
  • Side heat shields are available for tight installations

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a blower
  • Not as efficient as some other models in the same price range
  • At 398 pounds, the Englander 2400 is very heavy and difficult to maneuver

Bottom Line:

The Englander 2400 is a large wood stove that can heat an area up to 2400 square feet. It has a very classic, yet functional look. The Englander 2400 is a popular model due to being extremely reliable and easy to use.

Ashley Hearth AW1120E-P

One of the most efficient wood stoves, this Ashley Hearth model is well-built, classically designed and easy to use. It’s the top small efficient wood stove on the list.

For what it’s worth, this high-quality unit is an Amazon’s Choice wood stove.

Features:

  • Can heat up to 1,200 square feet with its output of up to 68,000 BTU
  • Weighs 249 pounds
  • 21 x 22.5 x 31.7 inches
  • Can hold wood logs up to 18 inches long
  • Burns up to 10 hours
  • Brick-lined firebox, so you don’t have to buy bricks separately
  • Large ash pan
  • Attractive nickel-finished handle is smooth operating and secure

Ratings:

  • 68,000 BTUs
  • 69% efficiency rating
  • 1.7 grams/hour emissions rate of soot

Pros:

  • Extremely efficient for the size of wood stove
  • Only weighs 249 pounds, so it is easy to move

Cons:

  • Relatively small fire box, but average for a stove only designed for this amount of heating
  • Can only heat up 1,200 square feet, so this model is not for larger spaces, but ideal for small and midsize spaces you don’t want to overheat

Bottom Line:

The Ashley Hearth AW1120E-P is a mid-sized wood stove, produced in China, that is extremely efficient for the size and price. The burning technology allows it to combust the wood very efficiently, which allows for longer burn times.

The pedestal base, with the brushed nickel handles on the ash drawer and door, give the Ashley Hearth AW1120E-P an elegant and sophisticated look.

Accessories:

Blower sold separately (model CB36 or B36)

Pleasant Hearth Medium WSL-1800

Here’s another high-quality wood stove for medium-large space installation. The stove features a large window and an airwash system for a great view.

A variable-speed blower is built into the stove for better control of your indoor comfort.

Features:

  • Can heat an area up to 1,800 square feet
  • Airwash system keeps the viewing glass clean
  • Large ceramic glass window for viewing the fire
  • Chrome Handles
  • Can accept logs as long as 22 inches in length
  • Weighs 250 pounds
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Comes with a five-year warranty
  • Dimensions: 25.5 x 26.25 x 31 inches
  • 1.8 cubic foot fire box
  • Rectangular in shape
  • Energy efficient with a brick-lined firebox
  • Made is the United States
  • Comes with a variable speed blower and legs

Ratings:

  • 65,000 BTUs
  • 82% efficiency rating
  • 4.5 grams/hour of soot emissions

Pros:

  • Can accept 22-inch-long logs and is efficient
  • The blower and legs are included in the purchase price
  • Not very heavy

Cons:

  • Small efficient wood stove and fire box, so not a long burn time
  • Slightly higher than average emissions

Bottom Line:

This good-quality stove is the whole package including the blower. It provides dependable heating and a very nice view too.

Accessories:

This wood stove has the blower and the legs included

What to Look for in a High Efficiency Wood Stove

Any wood stove that you purchase new will automatically be considered a high efficiency wood stove due to the 1988 EPA requirements. This means that your wood stove will be much more efficient compared to the older models of wood stoves or simple fireplaces.

Here is a list of the most important attributes to look for when shopping for a high efficiency wood stove:

Square Footage and BTUs

Around 2,500 to 3,000 BTUs are required to heat 100 square feet of living space. But take the area’s insulation into consideration. If you’re heating a garage with little insulation, then you might want to slightly oversize the stove.

Accessories

Check to see what accessories come with your wood stove or if you need to purchase additional accessories to have your wood stove work as well as possible. Some accessories that many homeowners look for are a blower, specialized handles for the door or ash box, or legs for the wood stove.

Firebox Size

Fireboxes vary from around 1.3 cubic feet to 3.0 cubic feet. The larger the firebox, the more

wood you can feed your wood stove with and the longer the burn time.

Size and Weight

Check the size of your area to make sure that the wood stove you choose will fit properly. The size requirement varies depending on the wood stove model. Heavier and larger wood stoves are much more difficult to maneuver and put in the proper place.

Emissions Rate

The EPA requires the emissions rating of 2.0 g/hour or less, so the lower the number, the less

emissions for the wood stove.

Catalytic or Non-Catalytic

You have two options when purchasing a wood stove. You can buy a non-catalytic high efficiency wood stove or a catalytic wood stove. The catalytic wood stove is much more efficient, but also about three times more costly than a non-catalytic wood stove.

Stove or Insert?

Most buyers are looking for a wood burning stove. But if you have a fireplace and chimney in good condition, then one of the most efficient wood stove inserts might save you money on equipment cost. We recommend having your fireplace and chimney inspected before choosing this option. Also, from our experience, units that could be called one of the most efficient wood stove inserts are hard to find in terms of quality and availability.

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Wood Stove?

If you hire a contractor or experienced handyman, labor ranges up to about $1,000, maybe more if a lot of accessories are installed along with the stove. Our Wood Stove Installation Guide is a detailed cost guide for stoves plus installation.

How to Make a Wood Stove More Efficient

The single best way to make a wood stove more efficient is to burn well-seasoned hardwood, especially in the coldest part of the season.

Beyond that, don’t overfill the stove. Running it at max capacity when you end up being too warm is a waste of wood and heat energy.

Additionally:

  • Locate the stove in the center of the space to heat
  • Stop leaks around doors and windows using caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping
  • Cut wood pieces in cross-sectional cuts of 3-6 inches to allow for more efficient use of the burn box
  • Fill the stove less full several times a day rather than stuffing it full - It will burn hotter for less wood when less full, given you more BTUs of heat in the process.

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