From running costs to environmental impact to providing you with a further level of self-sufficiency for one of the basic requirements of living: heat, there are many reasons to invest in your very own wood burner.
Wood is a renewable resource, particularly when derived from plantations and cultivated woodland. Sourcing wood locally not only reduces carbon footprint, but also brings economic benefits to your local community.
When using your wood burning stove, fire or fireplace, for optimum results, we recommend logs should be seasoned for 2 years or more to achieve a moisture content below 20%. This will not only give up to twice the output of freshly felled timber but help avoid a build up of tar in your appliance’s flue. In addition burning wood efficiently produces virtually no smoke.
Furthermore, if you can obtain hardwood logs this is better still, as they will have around twice the calorific value of softwoods.
Using the latest technological advancements, the photograph on the right shows a CE certified and HETAS accredited Stockton 8 wood burning stove. Most Stovax wood burning stoves and fires are CE certified, which means that they have been independently tested to exacting European standards for both heating efficiency and emissions.
Note that the flames are big, lush and semi-transparent, very different from the dark, opaque, ragged flames you would see in an open fireplace.The small jets and feathery flames at the top of the image are flowing downward from the tiny combustion air holes at the top of the firebox. To find out more information about Cleanburn and Airwash systems visit the following page: how a wood burning stove works.
Not only do these modern wood burning stoves and fires burn much cleaner and more efficiently than older conventional stoves, but the view of the fire is just spectacular!
By upgrading to a CE certified and HETAS accredited wood burning stove or fire, you can save wood, reduce smoke and enjoy the view all winter long.
The Forestry Commission have recommended that millions of trees are planted to cover an extra 4% of the UK in woodland, equivalent to 30,000 football pitches a year, increasing the UK’s total woodland cover to 16%.
If you use dry logs from a local source they can be one of the cheapest forms of energy. The cost per kW of useful energy is now around 4p, but wood logs can even be free if you have space to grow your own, something that can’t be said of gas or electricity.