The Secrets to wood burning stove
The choice of an alternate heating system you can use to complement your current heating system in your home is varied. You can choose to get a replacement stove or multi-fuel burning stove for heating your home and boiling water.
They are several wood burners in the market today and they come in different shapes and sizes, you will be able to find one that would fit your needs. Stoves come in all shapes and sizes and stove parts and replacement stove glass are readily available.
One thing you will need to work out though is if the size of your stove can meet the heating demands of your home. In order to provide adequate warmth and the power output to do its job properly. Generally speaking (and as a very rough guide) hot water used in a domestic setting usually takes 2.3-3kWh/person /day (8-10,000 BTU). An average household radiator measuring around 3 foot by 4 foot takes approximately 1.5kW (5,000 BTU). You can find online calculators to work out how much heat output you require from your stove however we thoroughly recommend that you speak to a specialist as they will be able to calculate the exact amount much more accurately.
Types of Wood Burning or Multi-fuel Stoves
Wood burners and multi-fuel burning stoves come in many shapes and sizes and you are sure to be able to find one to suit your home, no matter what the size or the style. Whether you’re looking for something to heat your cottage, your terraced house or an open plan loft conversion there is bound to be a design that suits you and your home’s personal style down to a tee.
Boiler stoves come in a wide range of sizes – and when we talk about size we are actually referring to heat output – from as little as 8kW to as much as 30kW with many other increments in between. Which one is right for you really depends upon the size of your home and whether you want to also use your stove to heat your water. Both wood burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves come in freestanding and inset versions and some freestanders are double sided so you can place them in the middle of a large room with a stove glass window showing in each room.
The Pros and Cons of Using Wood Burning or Multi-fuel Stoves to Heat your Home
One slight issue you may find when using a wood or multi-fuel stove to heat your home is that, of course, you have to be there in order to operate it. Unlike radiators this is not an automatic option however the pleasure and satisfaction you will get from your stove should more than outweigh this. There is comfort looking at the fire burning through your stove glass window. In fact many people who have made the choice to install a wood burning or multi-fuel stove in their home have remarked upon what a focal point it has become for the whole family, who tend to be drawn to whichever room the stove is in. Family benefits aside that’s without even mentioning the huge impact using a stove to heat your home will have on your heating bill – in a good way!
A couple of things to check before installing a stove is that if there any restrictions in your area regarding the burning of wood or coal. Check online or with your local council to make sure first. You should also make sure that you have a local supplier who has a regular stock of fuel for you to burn over the colder months – or indeed all year round if you are heating your water with your boiler stove too. Those little bags of wood you can buy at petrol stations may be convenient but they will end up costing you financially in the long run.
Making the Most Out of the Heat in your Home
A few tips if you are heating your home with a wood-burning or multi-fuel boiler stove is to use one or more small fans to distribute the heat throughout the room. This is something that a lot of people swear by and it ensures that heat is more effectively allocated throughout the living space. Keep the stove glass clean radiates heat better, and replacement stove glass if any defects are seen.
Whether you choose a wood burning boiler stove or a multi-fuel boiler stove to heat your home, it will be a decision that you won’t regret.
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