There are many benefits to choosing and installing a wood burning stove. Wood burners are not only very energy efficient but add a nice homely touch too.
There is absolutely no doubt about it; wood burning stoves have recently become very popular, largely due to two significant reasons. Firstly there are potentially significant savings in running costs (especially when prices for gas, oil and electricity are constantly rising) and secondly due to the stylish good looks of wood burning stoves that are now available on the UK market.
It also has to be said that there are very few people that don’t love the traditional fireplace effect and the cosy warmth that more conventional forms of living space heating just seem to lack.
Modern wood burners are very energy efficient and the price of the fuel compares extremely favourably with fossil fuel alternatives, with potential energy savings at between 3 to 8 times. Add to this the fact that wood burning stoves are also very clean and easy to use and maintain.
Whether you want a stylish ultra modern look or a traditional country kitchen style there’s a wood burning stove to suit your lifestyle – the choice is simply enormous. No matter what you choose though, wood burners always add a nice homely touch and they exert such pulling power that people somehow seem to gravitate towards them.
Portway stoves from BFM Europe have just extended their range of all-British made stoves to include the brand new Portway 3 wood burning stove. This dedicated wood burner can burn for much longer per filling than most ordinary stoves, and in common with all wood stoves in the Portway range, Portway 3 produces considerably less ash than other manufacturer’s stoves, which makes them some of the cleanest burning stoves available.
Environmental factors are also very important when considering what type of appliance to install and wood burning stoves are environmentally friendly. Wood, unlike fossil fuels, is renewable and in the course of growing new wood (i.e. trees) carbon is extracted from the atmosphere and locked back up inside the wood. The carbon in a tree is eventually released back into the atmosphere regardless, so burning it releases no more carbon than leaving it to rot. It is a more or less balanced carbon cycle.
Due to these considerations, many architects, developers and builders are now incorporating energy saving wood burners into their designs for new buildings – it’s a perfect solution to the challenge of how to provide an economical and aesthetically pleasing domestic space heating, hot water and optional cooking solution and – at the same time - much more easily comply with ever tougher regulations targeting low carbon emissions.