Some of the most highly rated wood stoves have several features in common, such as increased efficiency, large ash drawers and high heat output. Modern wood stoves are typically made from cast iron due to its heat reflective and conducting properties.
The design of wood stoves provide optimal airflow to ensure efficient burning, operation and heating. Another feature common to many top-rated wood stoves is a door with a transparent ceramic window. Fire bricks typically line wood stoves to give them improved insulation for more efficient heating. Many wood stoves commonly utilize an in-built ash bin or drawer to simplify cleanup.