Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #2. Wood-burning stoves don’t have to cramp your style
Torontonians haven’t quite figured out what Maritimers, Montrealers and, of course, Scandinavians have known for decades: nothing warms the home quite like a wood-burning stove. Unlike electric heat or forced air, which can leave rooms drafty, a proper cast iron wood stove operates like a big old blanket, complete with comforting campfire scent. Most heavy-duty units are clunky, ornate beasts—charming for a log cabin but out of place in a city home. Our pick, the Jotul F370, was conceived by the noted Norwegian design firm Hareide and features large glass windows on three sides, so you can snuggle up and stare at the fire from almost anywhere in the room. From $4,800. Marsh Stove and Fireplaces, 3322 Dundas St. W., 416-762-4582.