Wood Burning Stoves – An Introduction

Wood burning stove is one of the oldest, simplest and most efficient ways to heat your home. Its popularity declined after the Second World War due to convenient and inexpensive electricity, gas and oil fuelled heating systems. But due to the climate change and the rising costs of the mentioned types of heating which have become a serious financial burden for many UK households, many people are returning wood burning stoves to their homes. These, however, have changed a lot in the recent few decades. Today’s wood burning stoves are much more efficient than the mid-20th century models and much better looking. In fact, most have both practical and decorative value.

The main advantage of wood burning stoves over other types of heating is of course cost efficiency. They are relatively inexpensive, especially in comparison to the latest technologies that utilise solar and thermal energy, while wood fuel is a lot less expensive than electricity, gas and oil. For the same heat output, you will pay about one fifth of the price you would pay for electricity and about one third of the price of gas and oil. You must admit that this is more than a good reason why it is worth to consider installing a wood burning stove in your home.

Another reason why wood burning stoves are attracting more and more attention in the recent years is due to the fact that unlike fossil fuels, wood fuel is a renewable source of energy which has a net zero carbon footprint. Because fallen trees can easily be replaced, there is virtually no risk of running out of wood fuel. And since carbon dioxide that is released during wood burning is absorbed by replacement trees, the total carbon dioxide emissions equal zero.

The mentioned advantages of wood burning stoves, however, should not be taken for granted. There are many types of stoves out there and not all are as environmentally friendly and efficient as the highest quality ones. They are typically less expensive to buy but are more expensive in the long term because you spend more money on wood fuel. Heating savings and heat output also depend greatly on proper operation of the stove. In order to keep your home pleasantly warm without filling the stove like a stoker, it is highly important to choose the right size stove. And in the end, you need to burn the right wood logs. There is a huge difference in heat output if the logs come from a softwood or hardwood tree species as hardwoods have up to 50 percent more caloric value. Just as important is to burn fully seasoned logs that have at most 20 percent water content.

We are aware that choosing the right stove is not an easy job. In order to make your decision easier, enjoy the unique warmth of wood and save money on heating, we will provide you guidance in the selection process, help run your stove smoothly, choose the best wood logs, find a professional to install your new stove at a reasonable price and offer advice on anything you want to know about wood burning stoves. We hope you will enjoy our website!