Woodstove or Fireplace: What is the Difference?

I have grown up around fireplaces and woodstoves my whole life, but never knew the difference until last month. Now that the cold weather has settled in around here, I find knowing which type of wood burning heater I am using, very comforting in case something goes wrong. For those of you out there wondering, what is the difference, I am here to clear the smoke of wondering.

My woodstove.
My woodstove. | Source

Woodstove

A woodstove is a free standing wood burning fixture. This means that it is not built into the wall. It can come with a fan, usually needs to have tile around it due to fire safety regulations, and can come in varying sizes. Woodstoves can easily be removed, if necessary or desired. You must be careful around wood since it is free standing it is much easier to burn yourself on its hot surfaces. Woodstoves also have doors with which to contain the fire. It is also called a stove since you can actually cook on its surface. The one in my home gets so warm that it can boil water.

Fireplace

Unlike a woodstove, a fireplace is built into the wall. They can come in varying sizes, usually have mantles, and are traditionally what people refer to when they hang their stockings by the fire. Fireplaces surfaces do not get as hot as woodstoves and the fire is not contained by a door, but can be covered using a grate.

Such a Simple Difference

Who would have known that such a simple thing as being freestanding instead of being built into the wall was what separated fireplaces and woodstoves. Mystery solved and case closed.

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CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

I have lots of memories as young kid making a fire in the woodstove that was in my parents bedroom. I always thought it was cool to have a wood stove burning in the winter to stay extra warm.


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fancifulashley 5 years ago Author

I love having a fireplace or woodstove. It makes the winters so much warmer and the house seem so much friendlier. Takes the chill right out of the air.


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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Both woodstoves and fireplaces are wonderful ways to enjoy a winter fire. I have great memories of my grandmother's woodstove, too!


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fancifulashley 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment Deborah-Diane. I also find sitting by a nice warm fire a great way to write the day away.


christine 5 years ago

most of us may have good memorary for a wood stove and it has been a good alternative for wainter warm sourece. please check http://www.astove.co.uk to find the best wood stove if you need


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fancifulashley 5 years ago Author

Thank you Christine, but I have a nice new woodstove in my home this winter.

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