Wood Burning Stoves Getting Increasingly Fashionable

morso squirrel kitchen sceneThough the selection of advanced heating solutions is greater than ever, wood burning stove manufacturers report a dramatic increase of demand for their products. In the last five years, the demand for the good old wood burning stoves has increased up to 40 percent. There are several reasons why a growing number of home owners are switching to stoves, while the most commonly reported ones include:

- Lower heating costs.

With the oil and electricity prices continuously rising, many home owners who heat their homes with fossil fuel-powered heating systems are having difficulties paying their heating bills, while the renewable technologies that utilise solar energy, thermal heat, etc. are simply too expensive for an average consumer. Wood burning stoves, on the other hand, are very affordable, while the running costs are incomparably lower from their fossil fuel-powered counterparts.

The prices of wood burning stoves tend to vary greatly (expect to pay from about £600 to £1,500 for a quality stove plus about £1,000 for installation if your chimney is in good condition), while the cost of running depends on several factors including climate/average winter temperature, insulation and quality of logs.

- Good looking.

Stove designs have come a long way. In addition to the traditional country-style stoves, there is also a huge choice of contemporary and retro designs in a wealth of colours, making them very easy to incorporate into both contemporary and traditional homes. Furthermore, they often serve as the centrepiece of the room, while the sight of the burning fire gives the room a unique sense of warmth and creates a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

- More efficient.

In comparison to open fires, wood burning stoves are much more efficient. They emit up to 85% of the heat as opposed to open fires where more than two thirds of the heat is lost, not to mention the cold drafts that are quite common when the fire is off.

- Environmentally friendly.

Despite the fact that deforestation is a major environmental concern, wood burning stoves are among the most environmentally friendly heating solutions. Of course under condition, that the logs are sourced in sustainably managed forests and that the stove is efficient. In this case, it is carbon neutral. Even though burning wood emits CO2 and other greenhouse gases, their amounts equal to that absorbed by the tree while it was growing.

- Abundant choices.

A huge choice of types, styles, designs and technologies makes wood burning stoves suitable for both urban and country homes, while DEFRA approved stoves can also be used in Smoke Control Areas.