How many BTU’s do I need to heat my room or even my whole house?
This is a very common question that you need to answer based on your specific needs before considering the size and type of wood stove, pellet stove, gas stove, fireplace or fireplace insert to purchase.
Our BTU calculator has been built for zone heating in North America, not for central heating systems. Fireplaces, stoves and inserts are considered ‘zone heaters’ as they radiate and circulate heat from a central point. Most times, the goal with a fireplace is to heat one room or a portion of the home. In some cases, homeowners may use their fireplace or stove to heat their entire home, but it will typically mean that the room where the fireplace is will be very warm and that the room the furthest away from the fireplace will be cooler.
There are a few BTU calculators found online. Most relate to either central heating systems or air conditioning. Our BTU calculator is the best there is for fireplaces, stoves and inserts. It has been developed by experts who work in the fireplace industry.
Only 9 easy steps and you will get a good idea of the range of BTU needed, which will guide you toward a category of products to look at. Once you have your results, make sure to involve a local We Love Fire Local Partner to validate that the choice you are making in selecting your fireplace truly reflects your need.Find a Local Expert