When living in northern climates with frigid winters, having a supplemental heat source like a wood stove that doesn’t rely on electricity is a fantastic 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 days, if you are working with an old style fireplace in an old farm house for instance, you are dealing with essentially the same limitations as before. But if you installed a new wood stove with a modern style chimney, your stove could go from merely a supplemental heat source to a competitive primary heat source when compared to other space heater type heat sources. But modern technology has taken this a step further by introducing heat reclaimers to the wood burning world. These devices utilize an electric fan to move air around the outside of the chimney flue to create a current of hot air that is pumped into the inside of your house. Many heat reclaimers literally look like small two feet by three feet metal boxes with a grate on the front and are installed on the column, or flue, that connects the wood stove to the chimney in your living 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 working heat reclaimer in your living room in a matter of days.