Wood-burning stoves require regular maintenance, can be expensive to run, and pose a number of safety threats, making them a poor choice for most people. In addition, they have been banned in a number of regions.
Wood combustion creates a range of toxic chemicals, which, if not properly ventilated, can cause respiratory issues and death. While advanced models provide more efficient combustion, wood-burning stoves still release harmful particulate matter.
Wood-burning stoves are typically used by people living in remote regions who cannot have other types of fuel delivered. Those in forested areas can use nearby trees as a source of fuel, leading to cost savings.