FAQ

What is a wood cook stove?

A wood cook stove is a full scale kitchen stove only fired by wood as opposed to electricity or gas.

What can it be used for?

It can be used for everything a regular stove is used for incl. both cooking and baking. Our cook stoves incorporate both a top cooking range and a convection oven for baking.

How does it operate?

A cook stove has a fire chamber where you will need to make a small fire – like a wood burning fireplace. The stove does not allow this heat to escape but rather channels it to the cooking range and baking oven to provide heat for your cooking while at the same time heating your house.

Is it durable?

Our wood cook stoves are much more durable than regular gas or electric ranges. It is common to have the same cook stove in operation for over 50 years!

Is it safe?

Yes, if it is properly installed adhering to local regulations. More about this on our Installation page.

Is it easy to use?

Very. Just make a fire, wait for the stove to heat up and use it just like you would a regular stove!

What are the advantages of wood cook stove over gas or electric stove?

First and foremost – independence, being able to cook & heat off the grid. Ambience – a live fire is a pleasure to sit by and enjoy on a cold winter day. Style – our stoves carry a distinctive Italian design. Heating – a cook stove is a powerful source of heat for your house.

Does a cook stove really provide heat for the house?

Yes, of course, the stove is designed to retain most of the heat in the room by heating up its own various components which in turn heat up the air in the room. In most cases a cook stove is not relied upon as a primary source of heat however it's still very significant heat source and can easily heat up a cabin or a house.

Some of your ovens have maiolica tiles on the sides – is this just for design?

No! While the tiles are in fact very pretty they also serve a functional purpose: maiolica absorbs heat from the stove and then later slowly releases it into the room. This way the stove will remain warm even after the fire is out!

What are the main differences between your stoves and regular gas stoves?

One difference is heat up time. A cook stove will take its time to get to the cooking temperature.

Can the temperature be controlled?

Yes, but not as quickly as on a gas or electric range. Temperature is controlled by means of air control: more air = higher temperature. Heat can also be channelled in 2 ways: directly to the range top if you are cooking or all around the baking oven if you are baking. Keep in mind the heat in the stove is tranferred via heating up steel. The steel components of the oven are designed to change temperature quickly however it's not instant.

Are your stoves EPA-approved?

EPA is a mark certifying that the stove meets clean burning requirements. The Environment Protection Agency recognizes that cook stoves are not used nearly as frequently as regular wood stoves and hence cook stoves are exempt from EPA requirements. EPA has established strict guidilines on what constitutes a cook stove and our stoves fit them exactly.

Are your stoves clean burning and efficient?

Yes, La Nordica stoves are designed to maximize efficiency and minimize smoke emissions. All stoves have secondary air supply and many have a third air supply. The stoves have efficiency levels just under 80%.

What is UL approval?

UL is a safety mark. If a stove has UL mark it means it was tested to UL standards by an independent lab. This provides 2 benefits: you can usually install a UL stove closer to combustibles than an uncertified stove, and some home insurance companies will allow only a UL-listed appliance in the house.

Is it legal to use a non-UL stove in USA?

Yes, absolutely. However you also need to check with your insurance company if they will insure the house with a non-UL wood burning appliance.

Are your stoves UL-listed?

Not yet. This means that the stoves have to be installed further away from combustibles. For more info about installation please see our Installation page.

Is there a warranty?

Yes, there is a 1 year warranty on parts with free shipping.

If i need parts later will they be available?

Yes. We are authorized distributors of all lines we carry and have regular incoming shipments. In most cases we can dispatch the part right away. However it's very infrequent that replacement parts are needed.

Where do your stoves come from?

La Nordica stoves are made in Italy from where we import them to our warehouse in New Jersey. From NJ we ship directly to customers all across USA.

How much does delivery cost?

Delivery in continental USA is free! This excludes all islands off the US coast and Alaska.

Do you ship to Canada?

Yes, of course, we try to offer very competitive shipping prices to Canada through our Canadian website www.woodcookstoves.ca

When delivering do you bring them into the house?

Unfortunately we don't. We ship with common carriers to curbside. The truck will have a liftgate to unload the oven onto your driveway or nearest accessible point if driveway is too steep or not paved, etc.

How long does delivery take?

We normally have all models in stock and ship within 1-2 days from order receipt. Transit times vary from 1 to 6 days in most cases, and 7-8 days to WA, OR, MT, WY, and other remote areas. If we don't have a model in stock we will leave a message on the website with expected delivery time and will not process payment for your order until the model is back in stock.

What should we know about delivery?

After the stove ships we will send you tracking info and brief instructions about signing for receipt, inspection for damage etc. Someone will need to be home to sign for the stove. Please do not take any time off work until the carrier calls you to schedule a delivery appointment!

Is delivery insured against loss and damage?

Yes, absolutely, all our shipments are insured against both. If your stove arrives damaged please take pictures of the damage, notify it on the BOL, and contact us ASAP. If the damage is minor we will simply ship the damaged parts to you via UPS. If it is missing or totally destroyed (which virtually never happens) we will provide refund or replacement.

What is your return policy?

We offer refund upon the return of a complete undamaged unit to our warehouse within 14 days of purchase. There is a 10% restocking fee and return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.