A wood burning stove isn't just an excellent choice aesthetically, it also presents numerous other benefits to both your wallet and the environment.
With the top six energy providers, supplying 95% of the nation's fuel, it leaves little option for UK Consumer. To add fuel to the fire “British Gas has raised electricity prices by a crippling 12.5% in a move consumer experts warned could initiate a new round of price rises from rival suppliers this winter.”
It's clear now more than ever that consumers are feeling the heat and it may be time to consider an alternative heating solution, one which reduces home owners carbon footprint whilst combating the price rises. For those in search of a stylish and sustainable alternative to light up their home then a wood burning stove could well be the perfect answer for alternative heating for your home.
Regardless of the style of home; a traditional country home in the suburbs or a modern and slick outfit in the inner-city, a wood burner stove can be the ideal fit for any living space. But how to know what’s the right one? Our Q & A will walk you through a few common conundrums faced every day.
Why should I opt for a log burner?
The stoves offer an impressive combination of visual appeal and eco credentials that few appliances can match. Whether you choose a sturdy cast iron model or a sleek contemporary steel wood stove, the fire can be a captivating focal point for any room. Thanks to evolving technology and engaging design the beauty of the flames can now be enjoyed to its fullest at every angle imaginable.
In addition to its mesmerising appearance, responsibly sourced and well-seasoned timber helps homeowners reduce their carbon footprint with energy-efficient fuel, making the feature a class apart from other more ‘modern day’ heaters.
What type is right for my home?
Wood burners come in all shapes and sizes. The cast iron firebox set up may have more enduring appeal for the more old-fashioned users. For example, our timeless best-selling wood stove the Jotul F 3 can be a great edition to your traditional home.
Furthermore, you’re not limited to just indoor wood burners, outdoor patio burners can bring you summer festivities to life, all night long. Our ranges have something for everyone with a variety of different colours and sizes; from a sleek white to matte black, you can be sure there’s a certain grace ready to be added to your home.
How much will it save me?
How do they match up against conventional boiler- powered central heating systems? Burning wood costs an average of 4p per kilowatt hour, which is considerably cheaper than gas, as the average new gas tariff is above 6p per kilowatt hour (this is money).
In addition to these savings, a wood burner can actual make you money. Some experts have estimated that a stove can add up to 5% onto the value of your property (This is Money). Making the alternative an effective and profitable alternative to central heating.
How efficient are wood burning stoves?
The easy answer is extremely efficient. Wood stoves can burn at between 70% to 85% efficiency, as opposed to open fires which waste around 90% of the warmth due to it blowing up the chimney.
How much heat do they emit?
A large proportion of modern wood stoves are sold as individual applications created to host one cosy room. To gain an idea of the type of stove you need for your room simply measure the space in cubic metres (L x W x H) and divide this figure by 14 to reveal a rough estimate of the kilowatt (kW) output required.
Don’t fall into the trap of just choosing on design alone, its advisable you ask your local dealer to make sure you select the right model suited to the space you wish to heat, equally this is just as important for the right sized stove to ensure it burns at its optimum and recommended heat output. Too bigger stove for your needs will create too much heat and equally too smaller stove will leave you very underwhelmed and still chilly.
What features are important?
Wood burners particularly the more modern models offer various advantages; mainly geared around enhancing views and boosting efficiency. In order to have a great view of the flame, you must always keep an eye out for air wash technology, which helps draw air down the inside of the glass to reduce residue.
A clean burn system is essential; this introduces secondary and tertiary air into the chamber. Which prevents combusting surplus carbons within the smoke, this comes together to help increase thermal efficiency, creating cleaner air- reducing any unwelcome particles in the air. It is also important to consider the right style for your home to ensure it compliments other features of your home such as your plantation shutters, other window treatments and flooring.
What wood should I burn?
When it comes to burning wood in stoves, hardwood is better than softwood as it burns slower. The density of softwood is also around half that of hardwood, which results in it burning twice as fast! Therefore if you are buying volume it’s best to buy hardwoods such as ash, oak, and beech.
Wood with excess moisture makes it difficult to burn, creating more smoke, making it important to use properly seasoned products and dry products- with 25% less moisture. Traditionally, you will also see that hardwoods are cut and split prior to use.
Who can install my new eco-friendly stove?
Fitting a wood burner can be difficult work, any sizeable modification to your home typically needs to be checked by Building Regulations. The easiest route for complete compliance is to use a qualified HETAS engineer, who will be able to self-certify the job- all wood burners must have a flue to channel the expelled emissions safely out of your home. For more information on how to fit a wood stove, see our previous article.
What about stove maintenance?
Provided you regularly remove the ash and keep standard upkeep, wood stoves are magnificently resilient with the potential to last a lifetime. Always remember to clean the glass and give the stove a MOT to ensure its all in good working condition before each winter comes around. You should also give regular checks to your chimney and have a registered chimney sweep keep on top of any soot build ups in the flue.
Wood stoves present a whole range of alternatives to your home, not only do they present economic viability they also complement your homes style. For more information on finding the perfect heat alternative for your home, please see http://jotul.com/uk/products/wood-stoves.