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ELMIRA, CANADA – As the chill of autumn begins to settle over northern latitudes and higher altitudes, traditionalists and adventurous souls alike will once again fire up those amazing devices that not only cook their food, but also heat their homes: their wood-burning cookstoves.
Despite the myriad of technical gadgetry introduced to cooking appliances over the past few decades - microwaves, convection and induction, to name a few - the centuries-old tradition of wood cooking refuses to disappear, and is perhaps even making a modest comeback.
"The rumors of the death of wood cookery are greatly exaggerated," said Brian Hendrick, vice-president of Elmira Stove Works. "There is a loyal base of perhaps a few hundred thousand folks who insist on having a wood-burning cookstove in their home or their cottage. It may be their only cooking appliance, or it may be a back-up or a winter novelty, but they are going to have one."
Elmira recently redeveloped one of its oldest and most popular products, introducing the Fireview wood-burning cookstove in late 2009. The Fireview is a high-efficiency, air-tight wood-burning stove. Elmira brought the existing technology forward about 100 years with features such as high-efficiency combustion, a front stay-clean viewing window and optional side propane burners.
"We decided if we were going to get back into cookstoves, we had better re-invent the category," added Hendrick. This versatile appliance can serve as a high-output room heater, a cooking appliance, a recreational fire-viewing stove and a source of hot water. The multi-functionality of the unit unquestionably sets it apart from all other cooking or heating appliances.
“We have confidence in the future of renewable energy. We see more and more people moving off the electrical grid, or trying to reduce their dependence on it. Solar, geo-thermal and wind energy are leading that curve, and for some people, high-efficiency, low-emission wood-burning appliances are a part of it, especially if you can add the efficiency of the multi-use features of a cookstove,” said Hendrick. "And from a less technical standpoint, there's just something about the taste and aroma of fresh baking out of a wood-burning cookstove that you can't match with a modern range or microwave!"
With the season upcoming, it is an ideal time to learn about the benefits of wood-burning cookstoves. For more information about Elmira Stove Works, visit www.elmirastoveworks.com or call 800-295-8498.
About Elmira Stove Works:
Elmira Stove Works has been manufacturing vintage-styled ranges since 1975, and offers full lines of “circa-1850” and retro 1950s appliances, including ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, wall ovens, range hoods and wood-burning cookstoves. Elmira appliances are sold through dealers across North America. Elmira Stove Works is a privately owned company based in Elmira, Ontario, Canada.
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