A standard range is designed to contain the heat, the Warm heart has convection panels to radiate the heat just like a wood stove. It has a graduated hot plate that will make simmering or searing a tasty pleasure. The firebox is made to be practical allowing 40cm logs so burn times dont interrupt cooking. All this and the knowledge of hot water being produced at the same time makes the warm heart a great addition to the home. Dont let the retro styling fool you these appliances are Eco design ready with low emissions and particulates.