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Boxwood Stove

Boxwood Stove

The boxwood stove is an interesting design for wood heating.  It’s not as common as some of the other types but definitely has its niche uses.
The origin of the design came from old time factories, warehouses, and other industrial spaces.  All of the shipping crate scraps and left over lumber were gathered as fuel for these heaters.  They were designed to be basic, no-frills space heaters in industrial and commercial areas.  That’s why you don’t see nice trim and finishes and a nice view window with glass like you might see on standard steel box heaters.  In a factory, no one’s admiring the view!

However, over the years, the boxwood concept moved into the home market.   In most houses though, they are best used for space heaters.

The big selling point with boxwood stoves is that they are cheap.  You can often find these for under $300 shipped, which can be quite a bargain.  They usually put out good heat when they have a full firebox.  Many also have nice cooking surfaces. In fact, they
The drawbacks are that the stoves may not be UL listed.  Being UL listed means that a stove has gone through additional rigorous safety measures for home use.  They also may be EPA exempt, which means that pound for pound they may not be as efficient as EPA certified units, and may produce slightly more pollutant 

Vogelzang is probably the most well-known manufacturer of these and they have several models available, often at very cheap prices.  The Vermont Castings Aspen is also a popular model.

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