Plans for a wood-burning furnace include built-in and freestanding furnaces. The choice of a wood-burning furnace design depends on what works best for a homeowner based on his tastes, installation and budget.
Some built-in models exemplify open-hearth fireplaces, creating a generous open space to share with others. A homeowner should plan accordingly and place his fireplace on the wall that provides the greatest efficiency and warmth. Pairing the furnace with a hearth and mantel makes a very attractive design and serves as an ideal choice for those wanting to create a great visual impact in a room.
Installing a freestanding model typically proves less costly because the installation process is quite simple. This design uses piping to vent the smoke out of the house. Given that a freestanding plan is not limited to a single area, a homeowner can place it anywhere in the house for enhanced circulation. For example, a homeowner can place the furnace by the front door, which often results in better circulation toward the center of the room.
Fireplace inserts can also enhance the design of a wood-burning furnace. A homeowner should consult an interior designer to help choose the insert that suits best his house and his family's needs.