Wood Burning Stoves
A wood burning stove is used solely for burning wood to heat your space, your water and can sometimes be used to cook on.
Stoves are constructed of steel or cast iron, or a combination of both, and are lined with fire bricks to retain heat. The casing of a stove heats up and radiates heat out into the room and in the case of some stoves, the heat is released into the room by convection. A wood burning stove will have no grate or ashpan – wood is simply burned on the base of the stove, usually in the bed of ash from the night before. This means that a wood burning stove can fit more logs inside than the equivalent sized multi fuel model.
Installing a woodburner is a completely valid lifestyle choice for a number of reasons:-
They are highly efficient and much cheaper to run than conventional gas, oil or electric heating systems; According to the Solid Fuel Technology Institute, logs are the cheapest form of heating energy. The cost per kW of useful energy is now around 4p. This compares to 5p for anthracite, 7p for natural gas, 7.5p for oil, 9p for LPG and 12p for electricity.
They provide the eye-catching look and cosy feel of a real fire, but an open fire will also be allowing heat from other sources, such as central heating, to escape up the chimney whether the fire is lit or not. Stoves have a varying efficiency rating of around 60 - 80% depending on the manufacturer, a convector box around 30- 40% and an open fire about 5 - 20%.
Wood burning stoves are generally cleaner than using other kinds of solid fuel, plus as wood is a renewable source of energy, which is carbon neutral, it is friendlier to the environment. In environmental terms, the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth.
For optimum results from a wood burning stove, logs should be seasoned for 2 years or more to achieve a moisture content below 20%. This will not only give twice the output of freshly felled timber but help avoid a build up of tar in your flue. Hardwood logs are better still, as they will have around twice the calorific value of softwoods.
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