Having a warm home over the winter months in the UK is essential, especially if you live in cooler places which commonly experience snowfall. While you might think that the central heating in your home is efficient and your under-floor heating enough, nothing is quite as relaxing as being able to stare into the open flame of a wood-burning stove. When choosing the right stove for your home, it is important to make sure that you pick one which is not only aesthetically pleasing but functions perfectly for your household needs.
In the UK, a DEFRA approved stove means the appliance is fit to burn wood and other endorsed fuels in smoke-controlled zones, as the government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs considers the levels of emissions they omit as safe. Using a stove that is not DEFRA approved in a smoke-controlled area could result in a large fine, and furthermore you could be putting the environment and residents at risk.
Not only do wood and multi fuel burning stoves leave your home warm but they’re super-efficient to boot. Around 60% of the heat created by open fires is lost up the chimney. By making use of a wood-burning stove this heat loss is reversed. Only around 20% of the heat created with a wood-burning stove is lost. When choosing a stove, it is important to remember that there are three main types of stoves to choose from. This three main wood-burning are multi-fuel, wood burning only or those that make use of back boiler fuels.
Here we’ll take a deeper look at each of these types and their benefits:
When it comes to flexibility, very few stoves come close to multi-fuel stoves. As a bonus the stoves are also super easy to clean and can be used with a wide variety of authorized fuels including coal, wood and smokeless fuels. In addition to providing great heat for your home, some of the newer models can also be used to heat your radiator or water.
When you buy a wood-burning stove, you can be assured that it will be compatible with burning all types of wood. When selecting the type of wood you need to use it is always helpful to remember that hardwoods are far denser than softwoods giving them a higher heat output. You also need to take note that burning wet wood creates a lot of smoke and very little heat. Ideally, you should make use of wood which has been properly dried and stored. Many companies dealing in the supply of wood for stoves will place a ready to burn logo on the bag.
The following woods can emit toxic gases:
- Treated Wood
Stoves with Back Boilers
One of the biggest benefits of making use of a stove to heat your home you can request it to be fitted with a back burner. This will offer you a suitable and effective solution for your central heating needs. These types of stoves easily combine the boiler function with the stove to provide you with domestic use hot water as well as ambient room heating. It is always a good idea to contact an authorized installer to facilitate the installation of this type of stove.
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