How do I Choose the Best Porcelain Stove?

Emily Espinoza

To choose the best porcelain stove, consider how you will use your stove, what kind of style you want, and what kind of options you prefer. The term porcelain stove can refer to an old fashioned stove that is used to heat a home or to a vintage cooking stove for use in a kitchen. Both types come in different shapes, styles and colors. There are options for both types of stoves that might affect how it functions and can be important in getting what you want out of your stove.

Some porcelain stoves burn wood pellets.
Some porcelain stoves burn wood pellets.

A porcelain stove can often be an old fashioned, free-standing fireplace that keeps an area of the home warm. If you intend to use your porcelain stove solely for heating and aesthetic purposes then this is the kind of stove you want. There are also vintage porcelain stoves that are used for cooking. They often have burners on the top and ovens or broilers underneath, just like more modern stoves.

Vintage gas porcelain stoves can be used for cooking.
Vintage gas porcelain stoves can be used for cooking.

No matter which type of porcelain stove you are looking at, you will be faced with several style options. The old fashioned heating stoves are often square and black with a glass door. There are also some newer variations on this tradtional design that round and have more modern details and multiple color options. Similarly, the vintage gas porcelain cooking stoves often retain their vintage design, but can come with modern updates such as modern colors and fixtures. While you are sorting through these choices, think about what options reflect your own personal style and that of the home or area where you will be using your stove.

If you are looking for an old fashioned heating stove think about size. The firebox of a wood-burning stove determines what size logs are burned as well as how much area the stove will be able to effectively heat. The firebox measurements are just as important as the size of the entire unit when deciding which stove is appropriate for your area. You will also need to consider what type of fuel to use as these stoves can burn wood, gas, or pellets depending on which stove you choose. Finally, your stove will need an outlet through a wall behind it or through the roof above it to vent smoke.

Vintage gas porcelain stoves come with many of the same options that more modern stoves have. They can have varying numbers and arrangements of burners as well as varying numbers of ovens or broilers. Think about the space you have available in your kitchen and what kind of cooking you typically do as you make these decisions. There are many different arrangements available, so you should be able to find an option that suits your personal cooking needs.

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