With the evenings drawing in and winter just around the corner, Kim Stoddart takes a peek at the wood burners that will ensure you stay toasty however low the temperature goes
Wood burners for winter
If home is where the heart is, then during the cold winter months you will want to keep your abode nice and toasty. Even if you have central heating, there is nothing — I repeat, nothing — to beat sitting in front of a wood burning stove, maybe with a nice glass or a pint of something strong of an evening, feeling the blissful heat it generates wafting over you.
The heatwave of 2018 may now seem many long months ago, but you can still feel delightfully warmed to your bones in other ways. Come snow, lashing cold rain, hail, strong winds or goodness knows what, a burning stove provides a down-to-earth pleasure that is hard to beat.
There is something incredibly heartwarming about this simple, almost primeval experience. I personally never fail to enjoy the lighting and nurturing of a fire, before sitting back and watching the flames dance all evening. It is mesmerising and undoubtedly a smallholding must.
Yet wood burners come in so many different shapes, sizes and materials nowadays that the consumer really is spoilt for choice. No matter what size your front room, or intended space, there is a stove to suit.
Wood burners also don’t just have to be confined to the house. If you have a workshop, craft room or studio outside that is currently unheated then this could be a viable option to improve your comfort during the colder months. Equally, there are even models to improve enjoyment of the great outdoors and which are ideal for alfresco dining, ensuring that you can utilise your outdoor spaces for many more months than you might previously have considered.
Wood burners come in so many different shapes, sizes and materials nowadays that the consumer really is spoilt for choice
Stove Design’s Arctic Wasp flies to new heights
Stove Design produces a wide range of wood burner designs, shapes and sizes which are as easy on the eye as they are bursting with innovation. All come featuring the latest combustion technology, such as triple burn, which Owen Thomas from the company explained, “is a way to boost efficiency. Primarily fed from the front over the door glass, keeping it clean, and secondarily by jets to the top back of the firebox and thirdly from an air jet set into an internal baffle before the flue which burns the last bit of smoke”.
Stove Design’s Arctic Wasp is an efficient stove designed to heat a smaller space and which also features an overnight burn. It was originally conceived for use in a living vehicle in Norway and it comes with the ability to also provide water from its steel boiler at the back. The company’s Cube is a much larger, more industrial-looking burner which can kick out in excess of 8KW. For more information, visit www. stovedesign.com/
May the force be with you
Burning stoves don’t just have to be functional, they can also be really fun. In the case of the innovative Burned By Design, this means a variety of movie character-related burners that are guaranteed to warm the cockles and bring a smile to the face. From Darth Vader to Freddy Krueger (if you don’t mind being scared), to Guardians of the Galaxy’s Groot (which I would personally love for my garden), there is bound to be a design to please.
Burned by Design produces a mixture of structures for outdoor use, as well as indoor bioethanol burners. It offers a range of pop cult classics, but says that it is always developing new designs and ideas so if you have a particular urge for a quirkier custom build to brighten your outside space, then it will try to oblige, making this the ideal company for you. For more information, visit www. burnedbydesign.com/
Turning up the design heat
Firemaker’s award-winning designers have created a range of particularly attractive bespoke wood burners for any size of space. Its team is also able to offer expert guidance on the practical side of things to help buyers integrate one of its statement wood burners into their existing building or renovation project.
Firemaker’s modern hanging fires must be stand out designs for many people. As well as looking delightful and undoubtedly drawing the eye, they also give a room a more spacious and uncluttered look. Like all of the other wood burners featured, they are guaranteed to draw admiring glances and seriously turn up the heat for many years to come. For more information, visit www.firemaker. co.uk.
Hotpod’s stoves are made from recycled materials — gas cylinders, apparently, as well as Volkswagen engine parts and recycled iron — and they are delightful to look at. The company’s ethos has long been about minimising wastage and creating a supremely effective stove from its Cornwall premises. As a result, its Hotpods are “81% efficient at burning wood”, according to spokesperson Daniel Harding. “That means that 81% of the energy of the wood you are burning ends up as heat in your house, with only 19% lost. If you compare that to an old fashioned wood stove — think permanently black glass or no glass at all — they may only be 30-40% efficient. This means that you could be using twice as much wood for the same result. That’s not just twice the resource, but twice the work felling, logging, splitting and stacking,” continued Daniel. “Not only that, but there is also an increased risk of clogged chimneys and chimney fires due to all the tars condensing in your flue and which are burned in a higher efficiency stove. Reduce, reuse, recycle. It makes perfect sense.” For more information, visit www.hotpod. co.uk/
This unusual movie character-themed burner is a Burned by Design creation
All Stove Design products come featuring the latest combustion technology
Burned by Design produces a mix of structures for outdoor use, as well as indoor bioethanol burners
Hotpod’s stoves are made from recycled materials
Firemaker’s award-winning designs look attractive in any space