A modern wood burner is more efficient than many central heating systems and far more appealing to look at than a traditional white radiator.
According to the National Association of Chimney Sweeps, the number of stoves being installed each year has more than doubled over the past decade.
The appeal is not just about installing a fashion statement.
According to reports, regular use of a wood burner can knock a third off fuel bills, providing savings of at least £650 a year.
There is a huge range of stoves to choose from, ranging in price from £500 to more than £2,000.
A key consideration is how much heat it will pump out. Years ago you had to live in the countryside to enjoy a wood burner, but technological improvements mean they can also provide a great heating solution in many town and city homes.
New environmental standards for particle emissions come into force in 2022 aimed at creating a cleaner atmosphere. Already, stove manufacturers are rolling out eco-friendly burners with a Stove Industry Alliance Eco Design-ready stamp of approval. These reduce particle emissions by 90% compared to an open fire and 80% compared to an old-style stove.
The appeal of a natural fire is far more than just aesthetic. It can also prove a shrewd investment. A fireplace and professionally fitted wood stove can add as much as 5% to the value of your home, thanks to its wow factor.
It can also save you money. While energy firms have been hiking up the price of gas and electricity by 10% or more this year, the cost of a wood stove has remained constant.
Even though the cost of wood has risen slightly in the last 12 months, if you can get your logs for free just imagine the saving you can make.
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If you are thinking of installing a new wood burner please do make contact and one of our qualified fitters (HETAS registered) will be happy to assist.