A wood burning stove is the new 'must have' piece of equipment for your home! When you consider the ever-increasing cost of gas and electric, it makes perfect sense to have a wood burning stove fitted.
Back in the 1970's, everybody wanted the avocado bathroom suite and a Magimix food processor. In the early 1980's, it became the Breville sandwich toaster. In the 1990's everyone seemed to crave a Le Creuset casserole dish, taking pride of place in a fitted kitchen with a granite worktop. Then came the retro-American fridge-freezer and the espresso machine that became the most sought after household accessory.
Today, however it is the wood-burning stove. These stoves are the household equivalent of a Toyota Prius and are considered to be pretty green and fashionable. The wood available that most people use for these stoves is either from skips or sold at garages in green net bags by the log which cost about 70p. However, a growing number of people are collecting there own wood from fields, parks or simply when they go into the countryside for a walk with the dog. There always seems to be a fair amount of wood laying about in the way of fallen trees that can be harvested for the wood burning stove. Saw mills and wood yards are also a fantastic source of cheap or even free wood.
Making the installation of a wood burning stove even more attractive was when the announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, stated that a wood-burning stove owner who generated his own electricity could earn 6.5p per kilowatt hour. You see, it's not just solar panels that can earn you money.
Recently, sales of eco-friendly heaters have risen by more than 300 per cent. Some of the biggest suppliers, of these wood burners in the country, claim that recent cold snaps have seen another massive increase in sales of wood burning stoves.
A wood burning stove is not an old fashioned piece of furniture from the past, but a must have accessory of modern households. Even the jet set and famous have taken ownership of these wonderful appliances, including Prince Charles, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Lily Allen, Alex James, Anne Robinson, Daniel Day-Lewis and many more celebrities.
The reason wood burning stoves are so popular are twofold. Oil and gas have become ludicrously expensive, and wood is a carbon-neutral fuel. The stoves give out five times as much heat as a regular fireplace and heat a much bigger part of the house.
The cost and installation of a good quality stove is not as much as you might think. Stove enthusiasts know that that money is very quickly recovered by cheaper fuel bills. Essentially, you get what you pay for and you could expect to recoup the cost of installation in around five years. This has got to be worth it when you consider the cost of gas and oil is increasing at an alarming rate.
Cast-iron wood-burning stoves have been popular on the Continent since the 18th century, although there were ceramic stoves as early as the 16th century. But it was in Scandinavia where, thanks to the abundance of forests, the log-burning stoves were the natural choice for cooking and heating. Today it is still the Nordic inspired and manufactured stoves that are the most fashionable and sought after.
A good stove has an airtight box without any leaks, it successfully gets rid of the gases, but does not let the heat go up the chimney. Nowadays there are some really good British manufacturers, and a top-of-the-range model will last you a lifetime.
And surprisingly, many of those buyers are from metropolitan areas. Ansell Solid Fuel Stoves are fitting stoves in London that are so efficient, they can even burn wood in a smokeless zone.
Ansell Solid Fuel Stoves are certain that the wood burning stove is the next 'big thing' and to buy one will be the best decision homeowners are likely to make.
Many solid wood stove owners have been rather concerned lately over the government proposal to ban certain fuels for the solid fuel market. However, they is no need to be unduly concerned.
Way back in the 16th Century before any substantial numbers of people moved the fire in their home against a side wall to be vented up through a chimney, most fires were central to the living area.
Solid fuel, or as they are sometimes referred to, Multifuel stoves are quickly becoming the new trend in a lot of homes. With the prices of gas and electric increasing at an alarming rate it is the new alternative source of heat.
Although it is true to say that coal, gas, and electricity have been gradually replacing wood as our main source of heat over the years, it is still a very important source of energy. Obviously the sight and feel of a multi fuel stove burning is far more appealing than a boring old boiler that is hidden away in a cupboard somewhere, but are multi fuel stoves green? Well, with the exception of hydroelectricity and other renewable energy sources, they are much greener, and even the exceptions account for less than 5% of all the electricity produced. Wood is also renewable, trees are being planted on a regular basis. On top of freshly cut trees, there is dead and fallen wood that can be used to fuel a multi fuel stove.
Many of us have seen a multi fuel stove at some point in our lives and to be perfectly honest, they were usually in an old dwelling that may have belonged to our great granny. Multi fuel stoves are also a familiar sight in films from yesteryear, nestling in an inglenook opening in a country cottage. The multi fuel stove, or wood burning stove as they were sometimes called, really were the very centre of the home. They gave heat to see the occupants through the very harshest winter, they cooked the food and provided all the hot water the family needed.
Most people tend to associate the issue of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning with gas appliances such as ovens and modern fires. However, a multi fuel stove or an open fire can still pose a serious threat to your health.
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