Your guide to buying a wood burning stove

There’s nothing like the warmth of a real fire. A wood burning stove brings character and charm to any room. It’s also a practical and low maintenance way to reduce your heating bills.

However, there’s some confusion over the regulations surrounding wood burning stoves and what you need to take into consideration before you purchase one. As the price of wood burning stoves can vary greatly, here are a few tips to help you make the right choice when faced with a bewildering array of products.

Building Regulations for Stove Installation

As a HETAS Registered Woodburner Installer, HGS are bound by guidelines set by the BFCMA (British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association) when installing wood burning and multi fuel appliances in domestic properties. Being HETAS Registered gives our customers added reassurance that they will receive a professional install service that complies with the current safety legislation.

 

If you install a wood burner stove or any biomass, wood or solid fuel appliance without using a HETAS Registered Installer then you could be invalidating any insurance claim that may have to be made if something goes wrong following the installation.

A HETAS Registered Installer self-certifies that their work complies with the relevant building regulations and the customer will be issued with a Certificate of Compliance following installation. The information on the certificate is used to record the installation and in England and Wales it is used to notify your Local Authority Building Control Department of the work that was undertaken.

Saves money on heating bills with slow release heat output

Woodburner stoves are little furnaces, and once lit, you will just need to add the occasional log during the evening to keep them churning out heat all night long. Research shows that the running costs of a woodburner stove is considerably less than the cost of standard gas or electric heating.

Purchase and installation can start from about £2000, but once running, you will be surprised how much you can save, whilst also reducing your carbon footprint.

According to stove provider Chesney’s, the cheapest way to buy logs (if you can’t find any free ones!) is to buy from your local tree surgeon. 10kg of logs provides 45 hours of burning time at 1KW hour. The average home will use their stove at 2kw hour for 3 hours an evening = 7 days log burning for 51p.

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