The many benefits of fitting a wood-burner in the home
Posted 31 August 2016
You may have noticed that free-standing wood burning stoves are appearing in a growing number of UK homes. In fact, their popularity has increased dramatically in recent years. And there are several good reasons for that.
Although they may seem more rudimentary and labour intensive than modern electric or gas fireplaces, wood burners and multi-fuel stoves have come back into fashion in a big way. But it isn’t just interior designers that are falling in love with these hot boxes; they have a special place in the hearts of those who want to be more eco-friendly, too.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes modern stoves such a great addition to the home.
They look stunning
Wood-burners come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours to suit a variety of looks in the home. From a rustic farmhouse kitchen to an open-plan Swedish living room, wood-burners provide a focal point in almost any room.
You would be forgiven for thinking that an open fireplace gives off more heat into a room than a fire hidden behind a glass door. However, the reality is that wood-burners and multi-fuel stoves are significantly more efficient than open fires, releasing more than 80% of the energy generated into the room in many cases.
While much of the heat energy of a traditional fireplace is lost straight up the chimney, in a stove it is stored and then released gradually from the cast iron surface. Even long after the fire itself has gone out, a stove will radiate heat into a room – perfect for a winter’s night when you want to go to sleep knowing the room will still be warm in the morning.
While going to sleep and leaving an open fire burning through the night would be unthinkable, modern stoves are enclosed and entirely safe. This means that you won’t risk embers flying out onto a carpet or other flammable surface when you aren’t looking.
Renewable fuel source
Using logs bought from a reputable source ensures that your wood-burner is powered by a renewable fuel source. Studies have shown that burning wood in this way is largely carbon neutral – this is because the carbon dioxide released during combustion is roughly equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by the tree during its lifetime. It is also important to state that if the wood were left to decompose and rot it would also begin to release carbon dioxide.
Smoke control approved
Many wood-burners are now eligible to be burned in designated smoke control areas. The addition of modern smoke control kits helps to ensure a clean burn, which ensures that smoke regulations are not contravened.
In a well insulated, energy efficient building such as a Trivselhus by Esh home, relatively little heat is required to maintain an ambient temperature around the house. While body heat is sufficient to maintain pleasant conditions for much of the year, in winter the extra addition of a wood-burning stove can keep the home warm without relying on any form of central heating. This can help to tackle regulated energy bills and reduce a homeowners’ carbon footprint.
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