There’s just something about a roaring fire that makes you instantly fall in love with a room. But if your space has no fireplace, the masonry work to build one can be quite expensive—and not worth the real-estate investment. Enter wood-burning stoves: all the charm and warmth, with a cheaper price tag and a solid fiscal return.
"A wood-burning stove is a win-win for buyers and sellers," says Connecticut-based real-estate agent Erica Popick Kevrekian. "They not only transform a house into a home, they are also major energy savers." (The idea: You’ll use your furnace less.) They’re also more adaptable than fireplaces: Unlike stone chimneys, which require foundational support and an architect’s help, "freestanding wood-burning stoves can typically go in any room in the house," says Paul LaPorte, CEO of MF Fire.
This wood stove from Jøtul has a three-sided glass panel and measures just 17.5 inches wide—perfect for a small space.
This classic cast-iron stove from Chazelles adds beauty and warmth to a French parlor, it's equipped with dual combustion.
Not only does this stove come in 11 different colors (seen here in Mojave Red) it also has an integrated app to set room temperature.
This wood stove comes with the option to add a long bench to the side, so you can sit and cozy up next to the fire.
There's no bad spot in this living room with its 360° Meijifocus wood-burning stove from European Home.