If you’re passionate about making your house a cosy home, we’re almost certain you’ll have heard of ‘hygge’. On International Hygge Day, we’re celebrating ways to bring more hygge to your life.
Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’, the word represents the Danish concept of being content, cosy, and surrounded by everything that makes you feel at peace. It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures that life brings, and is often created when you’re with family and friends, enjoying a hot chocolate by a wood burner, snuggled up under a blanket.
One of the best ways to bring more hygge to your life is to make your home interior a cosy sanctuary – a place where you can shut yourself off from the everyday stresses of life, and relax with family and friends.
Make your home more hygge by considering a log burner. Although you might assume you need to burn real wood to create hygge, it’s more about enjoying anything that promotes relaxation. Gas log burners and electric fires create the same ambient atmosphere as a real wood burner.
To help you on your journey to create hygge in the home, we have selected some examples of log burners that will provide a comforting and peaceful atmosphere in your home.
The Stovax Riva2 wood burning fire range offers a variety of models to suit various homes and complements a hygge home effortlessly. With its sleek and modern design, these Ecodesign wood burning fires combine high efficiency and exceptional heating performance with all the good looks and charm of a wood burner – the perfect balance of functionality and style!
The Vogue Midi T Midline gas stove is a freestanding stove from Gazco, which provides a highly realistic flame, and offers up to 4.8 kWs of heat output. Its stylish integrated log store base adds to the overall realistic aesthetic, allowing you to display real logs and complete the wood burning look.
Although hygge promotes putting down technology and switching off, we’re going to make an exception for our remote controlled Gazco eStudio 135R electric fire. Its mesmerising flame effects and abundance of colour variations will be all you need to enjoy your evening. Aside from the striking flame visuals, this electric fire range can be enjoyed without the heat function, meaning you can experience a hygge ambience in your home all year round.
If you know that real flames from a wood burning stove are what will complete your hygge interior, consider the Stovax Huntingdon 30 log burner. Available as wood burning and multi-fuel models, the traditional cast iron styling and large viewing window of the Huntingdon 30 offer superb flame views for the ultimate hygge experience. This stove is offered with both clear door and tracery door options both featuring an expansive glass window, while the latter offers an even more traditional gothic aesthetic. This stunning log burner is the the perfect setting for nestling under a blanket and enjoying a good book.
The type of wood you choose to burn can make all the difference in creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere. Selecting the right wood can help you achieve the perfect level of warmth and ambience, from slow-burning firewood to firewood that gives off a nice smell. With a little research, you can choose a wood that not only burns efficiently but also releases a pleasant aroma, adding to the overall sense of hygge in your home. Here are our suggestions of the best firewood to burn, including the best scented firewood for indoor use.
Oak (hardwood) – Oak is a popular hardwood firewood choice due to its high density, which results in a slow burn. For optimal results, it’s recommended to season oak firewood for at least two years or more before burning.
Hawthorn (hardwood) – Known for its sharp thorns, hawthorn burns slowly and produces good heat, but requires careful handling.
Ash (hardwood) – Ash is a top choice for firewood due to its steady flame and high heat output. Although some say it can be burned ‘green’ due to its low moisture content, it’s crucial to only burn seasoned or kiln-dried wood to avoid harmful particulates and creosote build-up in your flue.
Cedar (softwood) – Cedar crackles and spits when burned, and is often a popular kindling wood. It provides a strong heat output and lasts a fair while, but be cautious not to overfire your stove.
Cherry (hardwood) – Cherry burns well and produces a good heat output. When ready for burning and fully seasoned, it produces a lovely smell, enhancing your hygge environment.
Apple (hardwood) – Apple wood burns slowly, and tends to produce a smaller flame. But while not as visually not as attractive as some other woods, it emits a beautiful aroma, so some choose it for the smell alone.
Generally, hardwoods are denser than softwoods. Hardwoods refer to deciduous, broadleaved tree species, while softwoods include evergreen, coniferous species. If you want your log burner to burn for longer with fewer logs, dense hardwoods are the best option. Softwoods are easier to ignite and are often more affordable.
If you’d like to learn more about any of our wood burning, gas or electric stoves and fires, please speak to your local retailer for more information.
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