Wood-Burning Stoves Are Here to Make Your Fireplace Dreams Come True

They're as gorgeous to look at as they are easy to install.

an asymmetrical wood stove in a home
Colin Poole/Courtesy of Roderick James Architects

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.

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1 F370 Wood-Burning Stove
Jøtul
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This wood stove from Jøtul has a three-sided glass panel and measures just 17.5 inches wide—perfect for a small space.

2 Ivory Rustic Cast-Iron Stove
Chazelles
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This classic cast-iron stove from Chazelles adds beauty and warmth to a French parlor, it's equipped with dual combustion.

3 Catalyst Wood-Burning Stove
MF Fire
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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.

4 Shaker Wood-Burning Stove
Wittus
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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.

5 Meijifocus Wood Stove
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European Home
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There's no bad spot in this living room with its 360° Meijifocus wood-burning stove from European Home. 

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