Even though changes are constantly being made to the stove industry: from new safety features to more unique styles, ultimately, a lot of these changes tend to be only minor tweaks and alterations to the current systems.
Most modern-day, wood-burning/multi-fuel stoves are highly efficient, but how much do they differ from their older counterparts?
Built to Last
Often is the case that old houses still have their original stoves that were installed generations ago. Little has changed since they were installed, maybe except for a few minor repairs and some ongoing maintenance. There may be a slight drop in efficiency from their installation date, but the fact remains that they are still going strong decades later: a testament to the craftsmanship of the time.
Why Fix It?
Older wood burning/multifuel stoves can often be a victim of their own success amid calls for a stove scrappage/replacement scheme. But if the old stove you have in your home works perfectly well and distributes enough heat to warm your home, then why replace it?
There is an obvious environmental issue to take into consideration. Older stoves are less efficient and release a greater number of particles into the atmosphere but talk of a scrappage scheme will have to provide very attractive offers to get people to give up a perfectly well-maintained stove that is in great working order, just because it is a little old.
There is no denying that technology has drastically improved modern stoves over the last 20 years, but the fact the basic shape and style has remained the same suggests that the makers of stoves back in the day knew what they were doing. The durable, cast-iron stove is still a sought-after home commodity today, decades later, and is for all intents and purposes – perfect.
As long as you are using quality fuels from certified coal merchants in order to fuel your stove, there is no reason that age should be an issue. Regularly maintained stoves can last generations.