With winter’s arrival imminent and autumn already making the air cold and damp, more and more of you are doubtless turning to your woodburning stove for warmth – and luckily this heating device is an economical way to heat your home and, thus, a great way to cut your winter heating costs.
Add to this the fact that fuel prices are seemingly only going one way, and it’s no surprise that so many people in the UK are turning to wood burning stoves to stay warm throughout the colder months. A stove means you can heat your home without spending a fortune in the process.
With a stove, you can burn wood that you’ve grown yourself – by planting trees for firewood or perhaps even buying your own woodland, for example – or use recycled wood. Such approaches enable you to keep fuel costs to a minimum, as it means you have a supply of logs to burn in your stove and can enjoy blazing fires all winter without spending many pennies on fuel. Plus you can get wood for free through your local tree surgeons, builders or timber merchants, who are often happy to have the bits of wood taken off their hands. Alternatively, you may be able to source unwanted wood from friends or neighbours – just make sure the wood isn’t painted or chemically treated.
Furthermore, even if you don’t have access to your own home-grown wood supply or free wood from the local community, you can reduce the price you pay through various initiatives like buying in bulk, and buying unseasoned wood which you then chop and cut and season yourself.
In 2011,more than 180,000 homes in the UK had a stove installed. This is testimony to just how fuel efficient wood burners are these days. And the recent domestic gas and electricity price hikes will likely only add to the demand for wood stoves.
A stove is a real investment for your home, as it not only helps to reduce your energy bills but it provides a focal point for your sitting room or kitchen too. With so many designs available nowadays, woodburning stoves are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the bank balance – you have the choice between contemporary, traditional and designer stoves to suit the look of your house, and on average a stove starts to pay for itself after about 5 years.
Many of the people who’ve recently installed a stove were replacing an open fireplace with a woodburning stove because so much of the heat in a room is lost up the chimney with an open fire, whether a fire is burning or not.
The Stove Industry Alliance, created in 2008 to promote the benefits of wood burners and biomass appliances, states that wood is one of the most environmentally friendly fuels because it’s renewable and practically carbon neutral – and many modern stoves feature an efficiency rating in excess of 80%. So when you combine the money-saving potential of stoves with their environmental credentials, it’s clear to see why these devices are increasingly popular.