Cast Iron Wood Stoves
Cast iron wood stoves are made from molten iron poured into molds, or "casts" (thus the name.) In terms of which came first—cast iron wood stoves were being manufactured long before plate steel wood stoves, if for no other reason than because perfection of the casting process preceded that of welding.
Benefits of Cast Iron Wood Stoves
Cast iron wood stoves are a popular choice of wood stove for many reasons, among them its ability to hold up to high heat and temperature changes. Iron is a durable yet workable material that allows for panels of it to be drilled into larger, complex assemblies, like stoves. It disperses heat nicely, conducting heat well from one part of the stove to the others.
Years of cast iron wood stove manufacturing has made for many creative advances in design. With a wide variety of flutes, moldings and other elements available, as well as the ability to take enamel coating, you can find a cast iron wood stove for almost any decorative taste.
Drawbacks of Cast Iron Wood Stoves
Cast iron wood stoves can be costly. As they are put together with bolts and caulking they tend to require some degree of maintenance or repair over time, with replacement parts also costly as each individual model of cast iron stove must have its own master patterns for casting new panels and parts. Many manufacturers of cast iron wood stoves today focus more on form, or decorative appeal, than function.