As oil and gas have become more expensive, so the popularity of wood-burning has grown in the UK. Wood is a carbon-neutral fuel and wood-burning stoves can give out five times as much heat as a regular fire and heat a much bigger area of the home.
Costs of wood-burning stoves
The cost of fitting a wood burning stove can be as little as £1,000, although this will be more if a chimney needs to be lined. It is possible to recoup the money spent on the stove though cheaper utility bills. The added advantage of burning wood is that wood can be purchased during the summer months when fuel is less expensive. You control where you buy the wood and how much you use and when you use it.
Because wood is purchased ahead of the season you may find you use the wood more freely to heat your home rather than being more frugal with the use of a gas fire in fear of a pending large utility bills.
Wood is a carbon neutral fuel, and burning wood in a stove can give out much more heat than a traditional open fire. more heat is projected into the room and less downdraught from the open flue is produced. If a 5KW and below output stove is fitted, no extra ventilation is required unlike an open fire which requires an air vent to be fitted in the room. There are less cold air influences on the flame picture and a stove gives a lot more control of the heat in the room allowing more efficient use of the wood. A stove will heat the room for longer. A cast stove will even give out heat when fuel has finished burning.
Why the increased popularity of wood-burning stoves?
Cast iron stoves have long been popular in Europe, particularly in Scandinavia with their plentiful forests. In Britain, they have been popular for older rural properties but now also for urban and new builds. There are very good British stove manufacturers including Burley, Dunsley, Broseley and Stovax to name a few.
A good stove is an enclosed unit traditional or more contemporary in style. It may have a firebrick internal to increase the efficiency of the stove, it may be radiant or for larger open spaces a convector stove may be a preferred choice. If you live in an urban area a DEFRA approved stove may be required to burn wood in a smoke control area.
Which ever style or functionality you choose its true to say there are various stove manufacturers available to offer you choice of stoves to grace any room with their stylish appearance. Freestanding stoves can be fitted almost anywhere in the room with an insulated flue system, even where there is no brick chimney present.
Wood-burners have certainly proved to provide the heating of choice for many homes
If you have any questions about wood-burning stoves, or would like to learn more about fitting one in your home, please contact us to discuss further.