While stove glass is more important for the efficiency of woodburning stoves the glass also serves an aesthetic purpose. It is common knowledge that heating is much better in a closed stove than in an open stove. An open stove, a fireplace for instance, may have more aesthetic appeal but the modern closed stove with glass doors also look rather pleasing to the eye. As long as you maintain the stove and the glass both your purposes should be solved.
An open fireplace cannot be controlled as per the requirements of the modern world. If you have a fireplace you will need to constantly supply wood or wood based biomass fuel into it to keep it burning. Temperature control is not possible in open fireplaces. Yes, with experience one can control the temperature by regulating the fuel feed. But when someone uses one of the closed, woodburning stoves there is not much they need to do to control the temperature. This functionality is built in and the user manual clearly explains how one can control the temperature.
The cost of wood fuel is still low in the UK compared to other types of fuel like LPG and commercial heating oil. You can still get a tonne of wood fuel for £250 or so. However, the price is not the main concern here. With rising population forests are being eroded. And this means there is lesser supply of fuel wood with each passing year. The cost of fuel wood will thus continue to rise. And if we continue to use wood for stoves there will come a time when we will exhaust all of it.
When stove glass is used for sealing woodburning stoves the use of fuel wood is drastically minimized. A simple comparison will tell you how. An open stove can generate heat up to 240°C whereas a closed stove can generate heat up to 600°C. And since there are regulators built into the modern stoves you can always control the temperature. This means less consumption of wood fuel for more heat. This means money saved and also environment saved.
However, for a woodburning stove to perform optimally one needs to keep all the component parts properly maintained. Because stoves have fire burning inside them the component parts get damaged with time. The stove glass, if it is damaged, will not only compromise the air tight quality of the stove but can also be dangerous.
There are websites from where stove glass can be easily bought. There are different models of woodburning stoves available and the type and dimension of glass they require differ. The big dealers have all glass types for all stoves and so you need not worry about not finding the one you require. You can either search for the glass you require or choose the exact model from the online catalogue. Pay for it online and it will be delivered to you.
Woodburning stoves with healthy components like stove glass are important from many aspects. Don’t ignore this health.