Now that winter is almost upon us, isn’t it about time you thought about investing in a wood burning stove?
The reasons for doing so are fourfold (well, that’s how many we’ve come up with, but we’re sure there are many more just as valid reasons).
We’d do it because:
- A wood burner is cheaper to run than most other forms of heating
- It’s more environmentally-friendly
- It’s really cosy when the whole family are gathered round it
- It only needs professionally cleaned once a year
Of course, there will also be reasons why you shouldn’t buy a wood-burner, but here at Heiton Buckley, we can’t think of any decent ones right now.
What we love about wood burners is that not only do they heat up a room, but they can also heat up your water supply too. If you’re not sure how that happens or are curious about any other aspects of using a wood burner then do talk to our staff at one of our Stove Centres (which you will find in every one of our stores throughout Ireland).
Environmental aspects of a wood burner
Not only are you using wood (which is a replenish-able fuel), but by warming up your home with a wood burner you are also losing less heat since none of it will be escaping up the chimney and into thin air with no-one benefitting. Shockingly, when it comes to a ‘normal’ fire fuel experts believe around 30 per cent of the heat produced is lost simply by blowing up and out the chimney breast.
What type of wood to use for a burner
If you’re buying the wood (as opposed to going out and chopping it down yourself) then don’t consider buying any which hasn’t been ‘seasoned’ for at least a year (by seasoned we mean dried out). That’s because ‘damp’ wood won’t burn as well and will in fact leave deposits of creosote on your chimney, resulting in a chimney fire and lots of black, unhealthy smoke pouring out at a later stage. Some people use wood pellets rather than logs for their wood burner and this is perfectly accessible however, do be aware that these will burn far quicker than logs so prove far more expensive to buy.
How to get your wood burning stove started
When attempting to light your stove, always make sure that the wood you’re putting into it is dry. Lay kindling down onto a base of firelighters and scrunched up newspaper to make the fire take quicker. Next, place larger pieces of wood on top. Light the newspaper to get it started then, as the fire takes hold, add larger pieces of wood. It’s important, however, not to fill the burner up too full as this will prevent the air from circulating. On that note, it’s very important to ensure that the air vents at the top of the stove are open.
If you’ve any queries on how a wood burner works and its installation process then do contact our staff teams at Heiton Buckley.
We’re a friendly and amenable lot, you know!