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Over the past few years, wood burning stoves have become one the most popular heating options for homes throughout the UK. Not only are they able to be located anywhere where you have the space to put it and route a chimney, but they can offer a very economical option for heating your home.
Finding the best location for your stove
Wood burning stoves are generally defined as space heaters, meaning that they heat a space directly. As modern houses have improved their thermal properties, they need less heat to stay warm, therefore you may find that you’ll be able to heat the whole of an average sized home with just one wood burning stove, as long as it’s located in the main living area.
While stoves have the ability to be located anywhere where you have enough room for the stove and to route a flue, the perfect location is in the centre of the main floor with the flue pipe going straight up the chimney. This location gives optimum performance with the least amount of maintenance. If you’re aiming to heat the whole or most of your house with a wood stove, it’s best located where you spend most of the time, whether that’s in the living room or in the kitchen.
Choosing the best sized stove
If your house is divided into several small rooms, you may not be able to heat it with just a single space heater. However, don’t be tempted to order a bigger stove than you need. You should always bear in mind that if you choose too large a model for the space, it’s likely to overheat the room in a short period of time.
Open plan houses make it much easier to incorporate a log burner that will heat the entire ground floor. You can also install a larger stove without fear that it will overheat the space.
Log burner installations are best left to the experts
If you’re planning to have a log burning stove installed in your home, you’ll want to consult a professional, as they’ll be able to advise you on the best kind of stove for your particular space, and show you the many different designs of contemporary wood burning stoves and traditional log burners.
They’ll also be experts in wood burning stove installation so you can ensure that your new log burner is fitted well and most importantly, safely. In addition, they’ll be able to give you the best advice on the type of firewood that you should use for your log burner, explain the differences between seasoned woods, and recommend the best places to buy your firewood supplies.