The most important thing to look at first is the efficiency of the Stove. Look for something at around 78% efficiency or above.
Another good thing to look for is an easily controllable stove. Stoves are controlled by a single air flow lever at the front, you pull it out to let more air in and close it down to let less air in.
One of the most important considerations is the glass which should have an air wash or clear view technology. This means that you can see the flames clearly and you should barely ever have to clean the glass, assuming you’re using aged and seasoned timber with around 20% moisture content.
Another good thing to look for in a stove is a body made of steel with cast iron components. As steel can be bent to shape in a single piece it avoids the gaps that occur in a cast iron stove. This makes it highly durable and more efficient as steel is exceptional at expanding and contracting. It also heats up quickly transferring the heat. The cast Iron elements of the stove retain and radiate heat for some time after the fire has died down. Read more