Why Sales of Wood Burning Stoves are Roaring

Hi-Flame Alpha Multi-fuel burning stoveOver the past few years, sales of wood-burning stoves have been on the rise. Once seen as a quaint, old-fashioned way of heating a home, today they are one of the most desirable items to have, with both the National Association of Chimney Sweeps and the British Solid Fuel Foundation reporting an increase in business between 20% and 40%. So, why have wood-burning stoves become so popular again?

The extraordinary rise in gas prices

According to price comparison website Uswitch, gas bills have more than doubled in the last ten years, whilst most people's wages have hardly increased at all in comparison. There's worse to come. With the rapidly decreasing reserves of natural gas in the North Sea, the UK will be forced to import 70% of its gas by 2020, which will see prices continue to rise sharply according to the parent company of British Gas, Centrica.

Wood-burning stoves therefore make a cost-effective solution. With a relatively small upfront investment in the stove itself, it is possible to fuel the stove largely for free. Many people strike up a relationship with their local joinery company, who will have large amounts of wood that they simply throw away every month, and it's amazing once you have a wood-burning stove just how many dead trees you can come across on public land. Just remember to keep a saw in the car! Even if you choose to buy logs for the fire, it still can work out much more cost-effective than a conventional heater, and there is a certain amount of satisfaction that you are not lining the pockets of the large multinational gas companies.

Owning a wood-burning stove can get you fit

If you want a completely hassle-free experience with a wood-burner, then it is certainly possible, simply by purchasing ready-to-burn logs from a local supplier, delivered to your door. But for many, there is a certain satisfaction in getting their own wood and one of the results of this is that it can get you fit. As mentioned earlier, this may be from a local joinery or a local public woodland, either way, if the pieces don't fit into your stove, you're going to have to get sawing, and this certainly can keep you fit! In reality, most people go for a happy medium of sourcing their own wood and purchasing some from a supplier. This still results in substantial long-term savings compared to a gas-fire.

Wood-burning stoves are environmentally friendly

Wood is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet, it being a 100% renewable product that is in effect grown by solar power. Most wood that is sold in the UK is from sustainable sources, which means that for every tree that is felled, another is planted, the new tree in effect absorbing the carbon dioxide that is released when burning the old tree. Even using the excess wood from a local joinery or kitchen-fitters is environmentally friendly, as you're using wood that would have just ended up rotting in a landfill site.

There's nothing like the feel of a real wood-burner

This is perhaps the best reason for wood-burning stoves popularity. As the wind howls, the rain lashes and the frost begins to bite outside, there's nothing cosier or comfier than curling up with a roaring stove burning away. Comparable gas and electric fires simply pale away in comparison. They may look as nice as a wood-burning stove, but they certainly don't feel as nice on a freezing winter's evening.