Why Should I Use a Wood Burner?
As well as being lovely to look at, stoves boast an energy efficiency of up to 80%. Think of the money you will save on your utility bills.
How About an Open Fire? That Sounds Like Less Work?
Maybe so, but the average open fire can only offer an energy efficiency of around 15%.
Can I Install a Wood Burner With No Professional Input?
No. At the very least you’ll need to have tour installation inspected and be handed a HETAS certificate, and it’s very highly advisable to consult with professionals at various points along the process.
How Much Will a Wood Burner Cost?
That depends entirely on what you have done. Wood burner prices vary wildly depending on size and brand (you may find it more cost effective to purchase a display model from a showroom), and you will need to spend more if you need a hearth. Get a quote from a professional for both the log burner itself and the installation, and decide how you would like to proceed.
Do Wood Burners Smell?
If installed correctly, you will not smell anything inside your home.
Are Wood Burners Dangerous?
All stoves will come with a lockable door to protect curious children and pets from the flames, but obviously this will run hot. The biggest danger of a wood burning is an incorrect installation that leaves you at risk of exposure to carbon monoxide, which it is why it is vitally important to ensure your stove complies with building regulations.
Do Wood Burners Require Much Maintenance?
You’ll have to clear away the ash of your burned logs regularly and wipe down the clear window as that will get smokey, but in terms of chimney maintenance you’ll just need to have that swept once per year.
I Live in the City Centre – Can I Still Have a Wood Burner?
You may be restricted by the Clean Air Act. If this is the case you’ll need a DEFRA-exempted stove.
Will I Need a Wood Burner Fan?
Not necessarily. These can be great additions to stoves in large rooms as they distribute the heat a little more evenly, but many people are perfectly happy with the warmth generated by a standard log burner.
Are Wood Burners Environmentally Friendly?
Opinions differ on this subject. Burning wood is considered to be a carbon-neutral activity as trees absorb as much CO2 as stoves release, but some people may consider any kind of gas release to be undesirable.