Of all the wood-burning stoves evaluated by ConsumerSearch, their 2015 choice for the best stove is the Lopi Endeavor. The Endeavor is EPA certified, achieves a very low emissions rate of 1.9 grams per hour and offers an optional blower attachment to dissipate heat throughout the dwelling.
Although there is no independent, national testing facility available yet, private organizations find that EPA-certified stoves achieve a 60 percent efficiency or better. In fact, 60 to 80 percent efficiency for wood-burning stoves is optimum and represents the percentage of heat radiated into the dwelling. Higher than an 80 percent efficiency is undesirable because of the heat reduction in the flue, which is needed to create a draft that evacuates the smoke.