7 things to consider when buying a wood burning stove

A wood burning stove can be a great focal point in your living room, creating a warm, cosy feel. It can also be a practical way to cut or avoid rising heating bills.

Whatever your reasons for getting a wood burning stove, see below 7 things to consider when buying a wood burning stove:

1. Heat Output

Stoves work best when operating at high temperature, therefore establishing the heat output required in the room is something to consider early on.

As a rough guide, allow for one kW to comfortably heat every 14 m³ of space, but it is best to speak to a HETAS qualified installer to undertake a survey and help you choose the best model for the room.

2. Efficiency

Most stoves have an efficiency rating of between 65% and 80%.
The higher the percentage, the less fuel you’ll need to heat your home.

3. Fuel type

Have you got a supply of dry logs readily and locally available?

A wood burning stove is designed to run exclusively on firewood or other solid biomass fuels. To get an efficient burn using logs, you should use only seasoned wood with max 20% moisture content.

If you’re unable to pin down a good, reliable supplier or are short on space then a multi-fuel stove could be a good choice.

Not sure where to source quality fuel from? Click here to find HETAS Quality Assured Fuel suppliers in your area.

The Baby Gabriel DEFRA approved stove was designed to burn wood only, it has a 5kW output and is available in matt black, black enamel, ivory and pewter.

4. Smoke Control Areas

Many parts of the UK are smoke control areas where you can’t emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using exempt appliances, eg burners or stoves.

To burn logs on stoves, fires or fireplaces, the appliance installed must have been granted exemption from the regulations by the government through DEFRA

Contact your local council to see if you live in a smoke control area. The environmental services department will be able to help you.

For homeowners who are looking to purchase a wood burning stove, Docherty offers a wide range of stoves that are suitable for use in Smoke Control Areas. These exempt appliances have been tested to demonstrate that they are capable of burning an unauthorised fuel such as wood and only emit minimal quantities of smoke.

5. Automatic control

Stoves with automatic control regulate the air intake for maximum efficiency, meaning you don’t have to control the stove manually. This also allows for better wood economy and a constant easy flame

See the automatic control in action on the Jydepejsen Omega wood burner:

6. Airwash system

Helps to prevent soot build-up on the surface of the stove glass by diverting hot air down along the front of the glass to burn off unwanted sooty particulates and help keep it clean.

It is important to note that the quality of the fuel burnt affects the airwash system’s performance. Wet wood (with moisture content above 20%) introduces moisture into the fire chamber, consequently dropping the fire chamber temperature, which in turn further reduces the effectiveness of the airwash system.

7. Heat Retention

Heat retention is the ability of a stove to continue radiating heat after the fire has died down. Accumulation stones can store some of the heat produced while burning firewood and then releasing it gradullay, therefore they are ideal for continuous heating needs.

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