Why a genuine soapstone stove?
In a land where wood was scarce and the need for stable, protracted heat was a matter of survival, the Vikings found the perfect solution: soapstone stoves. Using little wood, they would heat the local stones, which they learned were able to retain heat longer, providing steady and prolonged warmth.
When you own a genuine soapstone stove, it means that the hot smoke is in direct contact with the soapstone, transferring its heat to the stone. In turn, the stone radiates its heat to its surroundings, efficiently, evenly and cleanly. Being ‘genuine’ makes a stove
significantly different and superior to stoves that merely use soapstone for decorative purposes. These stoves use steel inserts for the burn chambers, and while they may resemble our genuine soapstone stoves, they deliver erratic heat, either too hot or cold, similar to the heat delivered by a cast iron stove. Furthermore, they are not as efficient or clean as genuine soapstone stoves.
This chart compares heat dissipation of a genuine soapstone stove and a cast iron or steel insert stove. It’s clear that the heat lasts much longer with a genuine soapstone stove. It’s also important to note the lack of an initial heat burst, which is very typical of other stove types.