How to choose the right wood burning stove for your home in Nottingham?
Over the past few years, the popularity of Wood Burning Stoves has increased immensely. It seems to have gone full circle from in the 1960’s when everyone was ripping out their coal fires and replacing them with gas fires. Now, with rising energy prices, more people are concerned about saving money where they can and an old, inefficient gas fire is a great way to start.
Many years ago, gas fire manufacturers were putting more emphasis into building realistic looking appliances and little thought were given to their running costs. The flames may look great but it costs a fortune to run then and more often than not, very little heat was produced as most of it was lost up the chimney. Over the past 5 years or so, high-efficiency gas fires have seen a big increase in both their popularity and the numbers of models now available. An old, living flame gas fire would be around 50% efficient, the new breed of glass-fronted, high-efficiency gas fires can provide heat output of around 4 Kilowatts whilst offering up to 90% net efficiency!
Gas Fires produce poisonous fumes and these fumes must be expelled up into the chimney. In a open-fronted gas fire, the flue outlet is quite large ensuring all the toxic fumes go up the chimney and not into the room. On a high-efficiency, glass-fronted gas fire, the fumes are not able to enter into the room and therefore, the flue outlet is much smaller. This allows the gases (hottest part of the combustion process) to linger around the fire bed longer as it can’t escape into the room.
Wood Burning Stoves are also extremely popular now. Nothing beats the ambience of a real fire and the current models of wood burners available combined impressive heating performance with efficiency. Compared to a open-fire, a wood burning stove is a far cleaner way of burning logs and the glass-front on the stoves ensure that if set up right, you can enjoy impressive heat without the need to constantly load the stove. There is a massive choice of designs available. From the traditional ‘black box’ to European inspired, contemporary designs that would suit the most modern interiors.
The first thing to consider when choosing a new stove is whether you require a model that allows you to burn wood in smokeless areas. Your local council should be able to advise you on whether your home falls under a smokeless zone.
The next step is to calculate what sort of heat output you’ll need. There is likely to be a kW calculator tool located on most on-line stove websites. This will give you an estimate of the sort of output required to sufficiently heat your room.
It will not take into account draughty windows or poor insulation so it is better to go slightly higher than required to prevent over-firing of the stove. A major factor in most peoples decision on heat output is the regulation that any stove over 5 Kilowatts will require additional ventilation (air-vent).
The final decision to make before the fun part of choosing a design you like is whether to go down the Wood Burning or Multi-Fuel route. A dedicated wood burning stove will burn wood more efficiency than a multi-fuel stove. Many customers choose a multi-fuel stove to have the option of burning solid fuels but only ever end up burning wood. A multi-fuel stove is better for over-night burning as you can put some smokeless fuel on just before you go to bed and it is likely that you will be able to wake up to a warm cosy house in the morning.
The design of your new stove is purely down to personal preference. there is a vast selection of wood burners available to choose from. Choose the right model and you’ll enjoy many years of ambient warmth and reduced heating bills.