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Wood burners for cosy winter days
When the temperature drops, there’s nothing more welcoming than a wood-burning stove. If you’re tempted instead by an open fire, just be aware that around 80% of the heat will escape up the chimney, while a snug stove sends 80% or more of the heat into the room. The fireplace isn’t the only place for a stove; freestanding versions can become the highlight of a room when positioned in the corner or as the centrepiece of an open-plan space, with the flue exiting through an outside wall, or up and out via the roof. An insert stove, set flush into the chimney breast or a wall, will also create a dramatic feature.
Cast-iron stoves have excellent heat
retention properties and can be cast with intricate detailing, but steel stoves are lighter in weight and lend themselves to contemporary designs such as cylindrical models on a pedestal. Choose a wood burner, and the wood will burn efficiently on a flat bed of ash. Multifuel stoves, which also burn solid fuel, have a riddling grate that lets ash fall through.
Whichever stove you Choose, expect your supplier and Hetas-registered engineer to advise on the positioning, hearth, flue, and power of the stove. despite Wood being Considered an ecofriendly Carbon-neutral fuel, stoves have been in the firing line recently, since the emissions contribute to air pollution. If you live in a Smoke Control Area and want to burn wood, you must buy a Defra-exempted appliance which is guaranteed to burn cleanly, or burn smokeless fuel on a multifuel stove. From 2022 more stringent regulations will come into force; some stoves already comply with the Stove Industry Alliance’s (SIA) Ecodesign Ready scheme.