R Scott wrote:An airtight stove is just that, all the seams are welded, door is gasketed and it has an intake air control that can seal tight enough to smother the fire. It does encourage bad behavior on my part, though--loading too much wood and letting it choke down and burn dirty.
Those boxwood stoves aren't bad for the money if you cement all the seams and put brick or sand in the bottom. They can even burn somewhat efficient if you are careful with how you run them. A better stove will get you more heat into the house from less wood, though--so it can be worth the investment. Lots of stoves are stupid expensive and just look better, not actually work better.