With the addition of a wood/multifuel stove to your home, you can enjoy the many financial and environmental benefits, which by itself can transform a room and create a centrepiece for any kitchen or lounge.
Lowered Utility Bills
In recent years, as gas and electricity prices have relentlessly soared, word has gotten out that woodburning stoves are not only capable of providing a complete hot water and domestic heating system, but they also prove to be a lot cheaper to run than conventional heating systems. Modern woodburners are highly efficient thanks to improvements in manufacturing processes, quality materials and better understanding of airflow and combustion. Also, wood logs and manufactured wood pellets are essentially waste material, and therefore plentiful and cheap.
We already know that oil depletion is a fact, and that the world supply of fossil fuels is dwindling, which can only increase the price long term unless we move to other forms of energy. The regulations regarding CO2 output for new buildings have also become noticeably tougher in recent times, with “zero-carbon” dwellings being a serious target over the next few years.
In response to this tightening regulatory environment, many builders and architects now recommend installing wood burning stoves almost by default in order to make it considerably easier to comply with new building regulations on carbon footprints.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Unlike oil and other fossill fuels, we can grow more wood by simply planting new trees. The beauty of this is that each new tree we plant will re-absorb exactly as much CO2 as is released by burning the wood from a dead tree. In fact, a dead tree will give its CO2 back to the air whether it’s burned or left to rot, so using it as biofuel is no more harmful than doing nothing at all.
Trees take a long time to grow, so you can’t cut down one this year and expect its replacement to be ready next year. The timescale is more like a decade or more, which means you need to have a whole lot more trees constantly maturing and absorbing CO2 than are ever being burned.
So, we like our homes to feel warm and inviting, and woodburning stoves tick the box. But woodburner offer more than eye-candy and feel-good factor. Modern wood burning stoves are able to accommodate a boiler, provide full cooking capabilities and be fully automated.
Many woodburning stoves can be fitted with a back boiler supplying hot water to radiators and the main hot water cylinder. Some, such as the Rayburn, are designed as a kitchen range with a full sized oven and double hob plus an integral boiler where a second oven would normally go. Systems intended primarily as woodburning boilers typically incorporate an automatic wood pellet fuel hopper and comprehensive timing controls, requiring virtually no intervention.