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Are Vermont cast iron stoves energy efficient?

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Vermont cast iron stoves are EPA certified, which independent research assures a good standard of efficiency according to a 2014 Wood Heat Organization Inc. report. Vermont Castings claims their wood burning stoves radiate between 70 and 80 percent of available heat energy which makes them highly efficient.

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More than 80 percent efficiency is generally considered undesirable for wood-burning stoves because the lack of heat in the flu creates a weak draft, which leads to inefficient evacuation of smoke as well as water condensation problems. When installing a wood burning stove it is vital that the flu and chimney also be properly installed. The most efficiently designed stove will only work well if the system can evacuate effectively.

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