Is a wood burning stove right for you?

General, Interiors

The amount of people having wood burning stoves installed into their homes has definitely increased in recent years. They’re considered stylish and they’re a way of adding character to your home. woodburning stove

A lot of people have the idyllic image in their heads of being sat in front of the fire during the winter months, and having a wood burning stove is a great way of being able to achieve this. It may be the case that you’re thinking of having one put in or even that you’ve moved into a house which already has one. Either way, you may not be sure about whether it’s right for you.

Pros:

One of the main benefits of having a log burner is that it can save you money. This is due to the fact that you can heat the space that it is in without using any gas or electricity, ideal with the current economic climate. The price of wood is significantly cheaper in comparison to that of the gas bill if you were constantly using a gas/electric fire.

They’re considered environmentally friendly as they don’t give out as much CO2 as a gas fire would. This is because wood is a renewable source of energy unlike coal.

They’re aesthetically pleasing. It’s possible to get many different varieties and designs meaning that you’re guaranteed be able to find one that fits in well with the interior of your home. They work extremely well in older houses as they in keep with the tradition of the property.

Cons:

As the stove needs wood, it’s important to consider where it is that you’re going to get it from. It may be that you own land which will provide you with access to it. If this is the case then you need to make sure that you plan for when you want the wood, as otherwise you could be left in a cold period without any wood ready. Alternatively, if you plan on buying it from a source then you need to make sure that it is cost efficient for you. Therefore, you need to remember that this could all be very time consuming.

You also need to consider where you’re going to keep the prepared wood. Ideally, it needs to have been dried out and cannot be damp meaning that in the rainy British weather it’s not good to store it outside without cover. Damp wood doesn’t burn well.

Regular maintenance is needed with a wood burning stove. There’s risk of the chimney getting clogged up which can be potentially dangerous, and it’s recommended that they’re checked annually by a professional. You may also find a lot of ash in the area surrounding it, meaning you’ll need to be prepared to regularly clean the floor.

Log burners can be a wonderful asset to the home. They create a warm and ambient atmosphere like no other and the aromatic smell of burning wood alone is a reason to at least consider having one. Hopefully we’ve managed to provide you with some useful insight that will make sure you make the right decision for you.

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