Saves money on heating bills with slow release heat output
Woodburner stoves are little furnaces, and once lit, you will just need to add the occasional log during the evening to keep them churning out heat all night long. Research shows that the running costs of a woodburner stove is considerably less than the cost of standard gas or electric heating.
Purchase and installation can start from about £2000, but once running, you will be surprised how much you can save, whilst also reducing your carbon footprint.
According to stove provider Chesney’s, the cheapest way to buy logs (if you can’t find any free ones!) is to buy from your local tree surgeon. 10kg of logs provides 45 hours of burning time at 1KW hour. The average home will use their stove at 2kw hour for 3 hours an evening = 7 days log burning for 51p.
Kiln dried logs are highly recommended as they will give the ultimate clean burn with maximum heat output. You can pick up a large bulk bag online for about £200.00. The kiln drying process removes most of the water and prevents a build-up of soot or tar in the chimney or flue, and because you get so much heat output, you actually need less logs, making them great value for money. There is an option to buy seasoned logs, and these are slightly cheaper than kiln dried, but they can still have a high moisture content. If the moisture content is above 20% you will need to store the logs until the following year before use. It is worth investing in a Moisture Meter as this will accurately measure the amount of water in the logs you place in your stove. Using logs with a high moisture content will result in heavy soot deposits in the chimney.
More heat-efficient than an open fire
A woodburner stove is more heat-efficient than an open fire because open fires lose up to 75% of the heat up the chimney. A modern woodburner stove only loses up to 20% of the heat up the chimney or flue, so stoves will require less fuel and will generate more heat where you want it.
Creates a heart for your home
It is wonderful to be able to enjoy some quiet time sitting in a room with a woodburner stove, listening to the crackle and pop of the wood as flames gently dance behind the protective glass stove door. A woodburner stove creates a heart for the home, a place of warmth and security, and with advances in modern technology now making stoves much more efficient and safer than an open fire, they are becoming a popular feature in many modern and period homes today.
Renewable Fuel Source
Woodburners may still have held onto their traditional, timeless good looks, however they undergone many technological changes over the years and now boast a range of impressive features that not only improve heat efficiency and output, but also reduce carbon emissions. Wood is carbon neutral, which means that it releases the same amount of carbon dioxide when growing as it does when it rots or burns.
A reliable back-up
You never know when you may need a reliable heat back up, so whether you choose a woodburner stove as your main heat source, or you just use it occasionally for additional warmth along with your central heating, having one will ensure that you will never be left in the cold during a power cut.