Not usually. They actually can remove heat from your home during use because they use your inside air to burn the wood. If you can, have one that uses outside air for combustion. Also some older models have a glass door on the front and many have a heatilator power vent that distributes the heat back into your home. A wood stove is a better chice for heat as long as it uses outside air for combustion. Some of these stoves also burn wood pellets or corn. Hope this helps.
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