What To Consider When Buying a Wood Burner

If you want to buy and install a wood burner in your Cannock home, then there are just a few things you should to consider first. 

Having a central feature in your living room is very important to many homeowners, as it creates a focal point around which you can place your seating, position a coffee table or display some trinkets or photos. 

Years ago, most people got fireplaces installed for their centrepiece if one was not already in the house. However, these days, many Brits are opting for a log burner instead to create a more natural and authentic look to a period property.

If you want to install a wood burner in your Cannock home, here are just some things to consider first.

- Size of the stove

It makes sense that there are different sized stoves as living rooms also come in various shapes and dimensions.

If you have a large open-plan space, you will require a bigger burner that holds more fuel, so you don’t have to keep refilling it and you can heat up the entire area.

However, those with dinky living rooms do not need a huge amount of output, so could opt for one of the smaller varieties instead.

- Energy efficiency of the house

It is also worth considering how much extra heat you will require from your stove when deciding what size to get. If you own a fairly modern house with lots of energy-efficient features, you will not need masses of additional heat. Therefore, it could be more cost efficient to get a smaller stove.

However, if you own an older property that is not great at trapping hot air in, it could be worth investing in a larger burner so you can be confident it will actually warm up the rooms effectively.

- DEFRA approved

Before committing yourself to a new stove, it is wise to make sure you get one that has been approved by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

A DEFRA-regulated burner is designed for those living in urban or densely populated areas, as they restrict the negative environmental and health impact of chimney smoke coming from the stoves.

If you choose a burner that produces smokeless fuels, you can be DEFRA exempt, as it will not cause any pollution to the surrounding area.

- Wood or multi-fuel stove?

When you enter the world of wood burners, you’ll discover a huge range of options. For instance, you can pick between stoves that solely burn wood and ones that take both wood and coal.

The latter works by having a grate and an air inlet that enables air to pass through the fuel from below, allowing you to place coal there. The advantage of having a multi-fuel stove is that you can still use the burner if you run out of wood, as coal is much more readily available.

Indeed, if you live somewhere where there is not ample wood nearby, it could be worth getting a multi-fuel stove instead.

- Steel or cast iron?

When you initially think of a log burner, you probably have a cast iron unit in mind. However, there are many advantages to having a steel burner instead.

For instance, they are quicker to heat up and cheaper to buy. However, they don’t hold heat for as long and they do not look quite as authentic as cast iron models.


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