As you all know, we self-built our house. When coming up with the plans, we debated having a fireplace but ultimately settled on a wood burning stove – we loved the idea of the efficiency and that it could essentially heat our entire home if ever needed. After searching and shopping and lots of online browsing, we saw the perfect Modern Wood Burning Stove. I mean, after you see one that comes with a pizza oven, you can’t unsee that!
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What to look for in a Wood Burning Stove
The things you’ll want to look for in a wood burning stove will vary depending on your needs. For us, the highest priority was efficiency followed closely by a modern style.
Other things to consider: color, cost, shape, size… if it has a pizza oven 😉
The baking oven wasn’t on our list to start with, but once you see a wood burning stove with an option for fire-baked goodness, you can’t get it out of your mind.
We actually plan on making a rack for wood storage – there are so many cool ways to store your wood! So look forward to that. Meanwhile, we love that this stove has a built-in storage area. Even if you have a wood rack, you’ll need something to carry the wood in and we love this Wood Sling Carrier.
This is our favorite feature! We’ve used it as a toaster oven to heat up leftovers or taco shells, and as an oven to bake things such as bread and cookies.
A couple of accessories that we’ve found helpful:
—Wire Baking Rack, so the baking has air to circulate
—Pizza spatula, to reach in and slide the goodies out!
–Temperature Gauge, Oven Thermometer – we had to practice regulating the oven based on the amount of wood we had put in, etc. It was super helpful to be able to gauge the temperature to make sure it was consistent and at the right level. Ours came with this one.
HWAM Classic 7
Our stove is a HWAM Classic 7. We contacted a distributor who was able to ship it to us because we didn’t live near a local distributor. It’s pretty pricey, but it’s the focal point of our kitchen/family room, so we splurged and I haven’t regretted it. Plus – pizza oven!
Wood Stove Installation
We installed the Wood Stove ourselves (well, Trevor did), but you can also hire this part out. It was a little unnerving to see him cut a hole in the ceiling and roof! We have a tall pipe, about 20 feet straight up and out the roof.
Wood Burning Stove and Gallery Wall
I searched and searched, and found a few different examples of gallery walls behind wood burning stoves, so I thought, let’s try it! I already had my existing gallery wall that I had put up anticipating this stove going in. I do want to move the main family picture from right behind the pipe, but other than that I enjoy having all the pictures around the hearth and don’t mind the pipe visually.
If you’re looking for more on do-it-yourself house building, you might be interested in how we built our own home! Building Beyeler Hollow has a few posts about some of the behind-the-scenes.