Wood Burning Stoves: Too Hot to Handle?
Whether your home is sleek and modern or country-cosy, a wood burning stove is the perfect choice for banishing the chills and adding a beautiful focal point to any room. With their popularity rising to dizzying heights over the past few years, we have to wonder where is the best place to start? What are the regulations to bear in mind? And, where’s the wisest, and cheapest, place to shop for the very best wood burning stove for our home?
But before we answer all those questions, let’s look at what all the fuss is about. Wood burning stoves are more than passing fashion in Scandinavian chic; they are the heating method of choice for ever increasing numbers of homeowners. Firstly, there are the eco-minded amongst us. Wood is a carbon neutral fuel source, making wood burners the eco-friendly heating option. This has meant that stoves have left their country roots, to become popular in the smokeless areas of inner cities.
There is also the fact that with gas and oil prices on the rise, one of these stoves could certainly save you some money on your heating bills. They give out five times as much heat as a regular fireplace and heat a much larger area of the home.
A good wood burning stove should have a airtight cast-iron box, with no leaks. It should get rid of smoke and gases, but keep hold of that valuable heat. And it’s pretty useful that they manage to look good too! Designers from across the world have shaped and reshaped the basic design over the years. We are able to get hold of beautiful smooth burners that would not look out of place in a modern art gallery, and traditional units straight out of a fairy tale.
So, if you decide to follow in the footsteps of celebrities as diverse as chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, pop-star Lilly Allen and even the Prince of Wales, where should you shop for your wood burning stove? Bargains galore are to be found online, but if you want to find a bargain alongside excellent service and quality, we would suggest a visit to directstoves.com.
This award winning, UK-based website is one of the best in the business. They boast an impressive range of the leading brands in wood burners, including Charnwood, Aga, Arada, and Esse, and a customer friendly, easy to use, website. There are many helpful features, such as their ‘stove calculator’, invaluable in choosing the right stove for you. You can opt for one- or two-man delivery of your stove and save your back. Well worth a look. Get ready to be tempted by the very best in design and value.
When it comes to installing your wood burning stove, we would strongly recommend using a registered HETAS installer. HETAS is the official body recognized by government to approve solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels, and services. They will provide you with a certificate of compliance for the installation and ensure your stove will run safely and efficiently. HETAS installers are trained to highest standard and may also offer valuable advice along with reliable service. By employing a HETAS installer your wood burning stove will automatically comply with building regulations, so that’s another worry off you mind. You can use their website to locate your local registered installer. Always ask for identification and don’t be shy when asking to see their HETAS ID card.
So you have your perfect wood burning stove from directstoves.com and you’ve had it installed by a registered HETAS installer, now what to burn? The answer is not so simple as just wood! HETAS have something to say on this subject: they recommend seasoned hardwood for a long lasting and warm burn. Seasoned wood contains less water, so has a higher heat output and produces less smoke. Hardwood costs slightly more than soft, but burns longer and hotter. So seasoned hardwood should see you through the winter months chilblain free and help sure up those savings on fuel bills.
The truth is a wood burner is more than a design fad, a good model will last you a lifetime, heat your home, and save you a lot of money. Popular they may be, but they are popular for good reason. So, come on, who’s feeling the chill? Well buy some quality logs and warm up your home. We highly recommend FirewoodFund.co.uk. The worlds first Firewood subscription service. You can also buy logs as a one-time purchase too.
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by Sally Craythorne