Art Baker founded Baker Stoves in 1977 in York County, Pa, where the stoves are still manufactured today. At the time Baker was concerned with our dependence on foreign oil and believed that wood & coals stoves could be significantly more efficient. Baker invented a brand new stove, for which he held several patents. The stove is unique in the sense that it uses a baffle system to trap hot air longer in the stove. The stove is also equipped with a fan system that funnels cool air from your house through the hottest portions of the stove. These two attributes make the Baker Stove significantly more efficient and a much more enjoyable & sensible heating source.
One of the most significant benefits of burning wood or coal as a heat source is tends to be significantly cheaper than oil and natural gas. Depending on your local costs of wood or coal and what the market rate for oil is - you can save anywhere between 50% and 70% on your heating bill. Consider this…it is estimated that a cord of wood is equivalent to 125-175 gallons of fuel oil. If fuel oil costs $2 per gallon (it was $4 gallon recently) – you will pay $250 to $325 for an equivalent cord of wood (typically costs between $100-$200). This comparison becomes even more lopsided if cut your own (you can get a permit to cut dead wood on state lands) or can find good deals on wood over craigslist. Wood also has a lot more price stability – Wall Street, the Middle East, and growing emerging markets are sending oil prices in wild directions. In all likelihood – with the cut in oil production by OPEC – we will see very high oil prices within the next 2 winters. Maybe a wood burning stove incentive should have been added into the stimulus package ;)
For the environmentally conscious….I also want to note that wood is a renewable resource – Pennsylvania is one of the most forested states in the country and has more forest coverage that it did in 1900. The State actively manages the forests – cutting acreage on a 30-80 year harvest cycle.
In any event – you should check out Baker Stoves – you may be able to replace a stove in your home and receive a return on investment within 2-3 years.
Check out Baker Stoves Online
Also, check out an article in the Washington Post about the recent popularity in Wood/Coal Stoves…
Washington Post Article