When you’re buying a fuel burning stove for your home it is important to weigh up the benefits of both cast iron and steel models. Both materials are used to make stunning stoves and fireplaces that are unique additions to your home and can blend seamlessly with the design of your living space.

There are so many models available in each material that it can be difficult to separate the two types on looks alone. Knowing the differences between the two materials may be key to finding the design that suits your needs:

Cast Iron

These stoves are constructed from a number of individually cast panels that are bolted together. Between the panels will be a fire-resistant cord or fire cement that will prevent any smoke from escaping. Cast iron is never welded together, so in a lot of cases, the legs will have to bolted onto the stove during installation.

Because they are bolted together, cast iron provides a more traditional look because of the patterns, lines and ridges that occur from the type of construction.

Cast Iron stoves are as simple to maintain as any other model. Contrary to some rumours that cast-iron stoves need to be rebuilt every few years, maintenance for steel and cast iron is the same. Fire bricks and fire rope may need changing in the event that they perish.


The body of a steel stove is made from a single, folded section with the top welded on to make a sealed unit, with the legs welded on to the main body at the factory. Some manufacturers use cast iron doors and internal parts which can be easily moulded to create good grooves for the fire rope, fixing points for glass, and air vents.

Manufacturing techniques usually means steel stoves are more contemporary, but not all are ultra-moderns designs built only for minimalist metropolitan homes, they also look great in classic brick fireplaces.

Cast Iron and Steel stoves are capable of burning wood and smokeless coal to heat your home.