Open fireplaces are great, but they are not very energy efficient, at only around 20%. Wood burning stoves are much more efficient, at around 80%, so you get all the benefits of a real fire without most of your money going up the chimney in smoke!
Very fast quality heating
The biggest advantage homeowners have with a wood burning stove is the quality of heat the burner will give off. Woods stoves operate on the principal of radiant heat, which warms an area faster and more efficiently than warm air being blown through a home’s vent system. Fitted in a central position in your home you will be amazed how the rest of your house suddenly gets a whole lot warmer. In turn you will reduce any other heating bills you may have as the thermostat controlling your central heating remains off.
Very important, always get a registered installer
The installation of a wood burner must comply with building regulations and the easiest way to do this is to use a qualified fitter. HETAS-registered installers deal with wood, solid-fuel and biomass domestic heating appliances and can self-certify that their work complies with building regulations, so it’s safe and legal.
What should you burn?
Wood is a more environmentally friendly fuel than oil, gas and electricity – and subject to far less price rises. Freshly cut wood contains a lot of water, so you should dry it out (season it) before you can burn it. This can take as long as two years.
You can buy wood that’s already seasoned, or you can season it yourself, using a log store if air can circulate around the logs. It is very unwise to burn wet or unseasoned wood as this will cause a soot build up in your chimney and make your burner very dirty.
Need some help?
If you are looking to install a new burner or want your existing one serviced please do make contact and one of our fully qualified (HETAS registered) fitters will be pleased to assist.