The benefits of woodburning stoves

Wood StoveI believe most household has a stove but how to choose a good stove is never an easy task. That’s why I would like to write this article about stoves and the differences between wordburning and multifuel stoves.

Since the dawn of man people have been burning wood to keep warm but now this old fashioned way to keeping warm has been modernised and is becoming ever popular in the form of woodburning stoves. New stoves are highly efficient and can reduce heating bills by 50% or more and in an era of rising fuel prices this has fuelled a growth in the industry never seen before.

Woodburning stoves are highly efficient

If you are looking into the possibility of buying one of these woodburning stoves then the first thing to consider is the size of your room. With some of them being 90%+ efficient then the first thing to ensure is you do not buy a stove that is too big for the room. These woodburning stoves are likely to surprise you with the amount of heat output they give out so overheating a living space is a real danger if you don’t get the correct advice.

There are calculators online to check the size you need for your room but you also need to consider factors like insulation and the amount of windows the room has so its best to get professional advice before you decide on the right stove for you.

Woodburning stoves or the multifuel option

Once you have decided on the KW output for the room you will also need to decide if you want a woodburner or multifuel stove. With a multifuel stove you have the option of burning different fuel types like coal, which is popular in the UK as it dampens the wood burn down and will burn for extended periods like overnight. If you do want to burn the dirtier fuels like coal you should get the flue swept more regularly and also a different grade of liner is used which is much stronger than the woodburning stoves grade liner.

Most stove specialists will still agree that burning only wood is both better for the stove and better for the environment but still using coal does have its benefits. Coal is freely available and does make the fire last longer if mixed with wood the fire can be easily kept burning overnight and so users won’t have to relight in the morning and wait for the heat to start to circulate. Running the stove all through the night also benefits by heating your home whilst you sleep.

 Whichever route you choose be sure to take advice it’s going to be in your home for a long time and so being 100% is essential. Woodburning stoves are becoming ever more popular and prices vary widely but quality will make a huge difference in terms of efficiency and ongoing running costs so the more you spend when you get yours the more you will save in the long run. Woodburning stoves typically range from around £250 for a 5kw stove at the bottom end of the market, £700 for the mid-range products and about £1200 for the top end but you could even look at the second hand market as this is very buoyant too.