Cosy and Warm: Your Guide To Wood Burning Stoves

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It’s been a mild winter so far, but with the mercury set to plummet during January you might be thinking about whether or not your home will be warm enough during the colder weather.

Heating your home is fundamental and you can make it as practical or as beautiful as you see fit. Obviously servicing your central heating is an important part of ensuring you’re warm throughout winter, but as a rule radiators are rarely seen and not spoken of pieces of equipment. You only really think about them when they’re not working (or when the kids drop the car keys down the back of them).

Radiators keep you warm, but they don’t offer the warm and cosy feeling you get when you sit in front of a roaring fire, for example. For that show-stopping look and feel many of our clients are considering the benefits of wood burning stoves.

The benefits of a wood burner

You may think that lighting a fire is a bit of a faff but it does come with its advantages. Firstly, it is a very cost-effective way to heat your home. With gas and electricity prices continuing on their upward trend, a wood burning stove can be a cheaper alternative heat source.

Secondly, with a wood-burner you benefit from an independent heat source. December saw horrendous weather with many homes cut off from the mains due to flooding and strong winds. An independent heat source like a wood burner can give you the peace of mind that if you are ever cut off from mains gas or electricity for any reason, you will still be able to heat at least a portion of your property.

Thirdly, the Energy Saving Trust states this is a low carbon option – ideal if you’re looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint. According to the Trust the CO2 emitted when wood is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the months and years that the plant was growing. As long as wood is sourced from a sustainable supplier – where at least one tree is planted for every tree burned – this is a sustainable process. Sourcing locally produced wood or pellets means less CO2 is produced in the transportation of fuels.

Finally, a wood-burning stove looks great. You can invest in traditional or modern models, and they don’t have to take up a great deal of space either. There’s nothing like sitting in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night, and it’s great to know your investment has environmental and economical advantages too.