Stoves come in two main material types: Steel or Cast Iron. When it comes to choosing the right one for your home, it is best to know the benefits – and the drawbacks – of each one.

Traditionally cast iron was seen as the superior choice due to its high heat retention and durability. But what about steel?

Steel was once seen as inferior to cast iron, but things have changed, and modern designs of stoves match the quality of cast iron. Steel once had the reputation for warping in the presence of extreme heat and cast iron faced its own share of controversy with a reputation for cracking. Let’s take a closer look at the positives and negatives of Cast Iron:

Cast Iron Pros

  • Long Lasting Durability

Contrary to certain rumours, cast iron doesn’t crack or dent. They are durable and strong – and can stand the test of time without any problems. Their surface may lose some of its ‘finishing’ but whilst it may affect the cosmetic appearance of the stove, it has no impact on the quality.

  • Non-Stick Capabilities

One of the outstanding features of cast iron is that it’s non-stick. This means it can be cleaned and maintained easily.

  • Resistance to deformation

Cast Iron is the material of choice for a number of materials used with high temperatures such as cooking and heating. By nature, it is durable enough to prevent deformation under these high temperatures.

Cast Iron Cons

  • Prone to Rusting

Unfortunately, iron is prone to rusting and long-term effects will harm the material. Frequent exposure to moisture will only accelerate the process.

  • Weight

Cast iron is a very heavy material which makes working with it very difficult. All cast iron products have to be handled with care as to not cause any damage.

Always make sure you use certified house fuels such as smokeless coal in your home stove.