When living in northern weather conditions with chilly winters, having a supplemental heat source care about a wood stove that doesn’t rely on electricity is a great asset to have in any household. But years ago, wood or coal burning setups were the primary sources for indoor heat in both residential and commercial applications. Lots of care and focus went into designing and engineering these setups to be as efficient and effective as possible at utilizing any heat that would otherwise be wasted as it travels up the chimney flue. These afternoons, if you are toiling with an old style fireplace in an old farm home for instance, you are dealing with essentially the same limitations as before. But if you installed a new wood stove with a current style chimney, your stove could go from merely a supplemental heat source to a competitive primary heat source when compared to other space oil furnace type heat sources. But current technology has taken this a step further by introducing heat salvagers to the wood burning world. These devices utilize an electric fan to transport air around the outside of the chimney flue to create a current of sizzling air that is pumped into the inside of your house. Many heat salvagers literally look care about small numerous feet by three feet metal boxes with a grate on the front and are installed on the column, or flue, that attaches the wood stove to the chimney in your family room. With this in mind, there is little to no inconvenience with space or aesthetics and the improvement in heat production from your wood stove is considerable. With just a few hundred dollars, you can have a toiling heat salvage in your family room in a matter of afternoons.