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Facts about Wood Burning Stoves

Posted on 04 November 2016

Facts about Wood Burning Stoves. 

Buying a wood burning stove will provide many years of reliable service, as well as allowing a focal point to your chosen room, whilst providing a welcome warmth on cold winter days.  Here are a few facts to consider before purchasing a stove. 

Many people do not realise how efficient wood burners are. They are more than 3-times efficient as an open fire. A modern clean burning stove will normally come with an efficiency rating of 80-85%, when compared to the average open fire which has a maximum efficiency rating of just 25%.

Recognising the right heat output for your room is a good start. Once you have the correct measurements for your room, choosing the correct size stove is important. A stove which is too small wont give out the correct heat to fill the room, whereas a stove that is too big will overheat a room. Neither situations are ideal.

Many contemporary wood burners are so clean burning, that they can be installed in a smoke free zone. Some towns and cities have what is called a Smoke Controlled Zone. Smoke controlled areas were introduced as part of the Clean Air Act. This means in certain parts of the country, you're not allowed to burn some fuels that can cause smoke. You can also be fined upto £1000.

A variety of stoves are made with the choice of using wood or coal. These are called Multi fuel stoves. The multi fuel stoves have a grate to burn the fuel on, with an air inlet to allow air to enter from the grate below. A wood burner only facilitates just the burning of wood.

Many wood burning stoves are now built with an airwash system. This system helps keep the glass window clean, therefor allowing the best view of the fire, it is cleverly designed as part of the stove operation.

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