Traditional fireplaces and wood burning stoves throughout history have been the heart of the home, providing heat for cooking, water, household chores and comfort during the cold winter months. Not only this but they provided a focal point for the home where families would gather together and relax by soothing, flickering flames. Over the 20th century however log fires were abandoned in the home in favour of gas and electricity for heating, cooking and other domestic tasks. Today, the installation of modern wood burning stoves in homes is becoming more and more popular, with people favouring to heat their homes with this traditional method over central heating and electric and gas heaters.
So, why should you consider getting a log burner installed in your home? Firstly, there can’t be anything more satisfying than sitting round a roaring fire whilst it’s cold and blustery outside. There’s just something so comforting and aesthetically pleasing about the glow of a real log fire. Log burners today come in a huge range of designs and specifications, so whether it’s traditional or contemporary you want, basic or loaded with mod-cons, there is certainly a wood burning stove to suite every taste and budget.
The benefits of wood burners
Perhaps more importantly though is that a wood burning stove may help you to save a significant amount on your household bills, it is environmentally friendly and can help your home to become more self sufficient. It has been reported that a log burner can help save up to 50% on household heating bills. Furthermore, the burner can be used additionally to the central heating and be connected to a boiler to provide hot water for household use and radiators, making heating much more cost efficient. Furthermore, wood is a natural and sustainable fuel source, making it cheaper than gas and electricity, the price of which is set to rise as fossil fuels get fewer and fewer. Wood, therefore is much more environmentally friendly. In terms of carbon emissions, wood produces 0.008kg of CO2 per kWh compared to 0.198kg for gas and 0.517kg for electricity. So, if you haven’t already got a wood burning stove, getting one installed is certainly something for serious consideration.