The following tips are from HETAS, the industry body to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances and wood burning stoves, fuels and services.

  • Never leave an open fire unattended without a spark guard
  • Keep all combustibles, including logs, at a safe distance from the hot stove
  • Make sure any external air ventilation grills are not blocked
  • Do not slow/slumber burn for long periods
  • Always use a securely fitted fire guard when children are in the house
  • Get your wood burning stoves serviced annually by a HETAS Registered Installer
  • Always use the right fuel for your wood burning stove

When compared to non-standard heating systems there are savings to be had.

Wood burning stove are 77 per cent cheaper to run than an electric fire, 29 per cent cheaper per kW than a gas effect fire, and 43 per cent and 40 per cent cheaper than an oil and LPG fire respectively.

Costs and installation

Wood Burning Stoves prices vary considerably, starting at around £500, but installation adds to the cost significantly. The fitting must either be carried out by a heating engineer registered as a Competent Person by HETAS, or approved by the local council’s building control office. A chimney with a good draw is essential and getting this right can cost as much, if not more, than the stove. This can be achieved with a flexible steel liner backfilled with vermiculite chippings.