Cast Iron, or Steel?
There are two types of material used for the construction of wood burning stoves: cast iron and steel. Both materials provide the warmth associated with a stove, but they operate in very different ways.
A cast iron stove is robust and dense which means it can take some time to reach working temperature although, conversely, it retains the heat further into the evening and continues to radiate warmth after the fire starts to die down.
Steel stoves have improved greatly in recent years, and they now offer an alternative option for homeowners. Unlike cast iron, steel stoves are less dense, and subsequently far quicker to heat up. At Future Fires our wood burning stoves are made of mainly 8mm thick steel which helps offer the best of both worlds.