Cheap Wood Burning Stoves - What Do You Need to Know About Them

The prices of wood burning stoves vary greatly as it is possible to find one from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. Obviously, a question occurs why is there such a difference in the prices? And are the pricey ones really so much better or are you only paying for the brand name? What is even more important, are the cheap versions of inferior quality or possibly even unsafe? There is no simple answer because the price is influenced by multiple factors.

Brand Vs "No-Name" Wood Burning Stoves

Just because the stove isn't made by a reputable brand that doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't meet all the quality standards. There are many new manufacturers out there who are only establishing themselves in the market. And they are delivering high quality at very accessible prices. On the other hand, there are also many cheap imports of inferior quality and it is very hard to tell which stove is made according to the highest quality standards and which is potentially unsafe if you're not an expert. But regardless if you decide for a stove that is made by a renown brand or an unknown manufacturer, it is worth to remember that cheap stoves usually:

- Aren't as efficient. Let's be honest. Most home owners are switching to wood burning stoves to lower their heating bills. Wood logs are a lot cheaper than other fuels including natural gas but the savings are obviously a lot lower if the stove isn't particularly efficient because you burn more wood. In other words, the less you pay for the stove the more you pay for those logs.

- Have a lower heat output. In order to save money on heating and keep your home pleasantly warm, it is highly important to choose the right size wood burning stove. Higher heat output doesn't automatically increase your savings but since cheap stoves typically have a lower output, they aren't suitable for larger rooms.

- Aren't designed to heat the entire home nor domestic hot water. To be able to heat your entire home or/and domestic water, you obviously need a stove with a boiler for central heating and domestic hot water. Cheap stoves, however, are typically designed just to heat a single room.

- Aren't suitable for Smoke Control Areas. Cheap stoves tend to produce lots of smoke which can get you in trouble with your local authorities if you live in a Smoke Control Area.

- Offer a limited choice of designs. It is possible to find beautifully made stoves at highly affordable prices. But you don't really have much choice when it comes to design as cheap stoves are almost exclusively free-standing. So if you would like to buy an inset stove for instance, you won't be able to find it among the cheap ones.

Our Advice

Since wood burning stove is a long term investment, we recommend you to focus on efficient stoves that meet your specific needs (heating only one room as opposed to entire home/domestic water) and of course, comply with the European quality and safety standards.