Investing in an outdoor wood furnace is a big investment but worth the time and effort to get the results. They have started to become a viable option for many people as a way to heat homes with the guarantee of the boilers being dependable, energy efficient and money saving.
What was an old fashioned way of keeping your house warm has now turned into a fashionable and desirable way to heat up the home. This guide gives you impartial information to help you decide if an outdoor wood fire boiler would work for you, which would be the best wood burning boiler for your home and how it works.
From the moment you install an outdoor wood fire boiler you will feel the benefits which will continue to impress you. The main advantage is being able to cut out most of your utility bills. A wood heating system can heat more than just your home, your garage, your shed even a close by neighbour can reap the benefits of having an outdoor wood boiler. As the outdoor wood boiler isn’t stored inside it immediately eliminates a fire hazard from your home allowing you to have a safe warm environment.
The main disadvantage is the installation of the outdoor wood boiler. In order for it to be the best it can be and more efficient then a good model is required which might mean spending that little bit extra to get it. Skimping on cost will only impact the running of the boiler in the long run. Another slight problem is the size of the installation and the need to have a good space and location to put the boiler. Lastly there is a need for quite a bit of wood to keep the fire going. Most areas do have local yards where these can be purchased and delivered if you don’t have your own log store.
What type of wood
For your wood burner to work at its best then you need to look into what types of wood are available to you. If you are lucky enough to get wood delivered then it should be ready to go into the wood burning boiler. If you would prefer to cut your own then you must ‘season’ the wood before use. This involves cutting the wood to length and stacking it under cover for a year before preferably have it inside in a log basket for a few days before use.
Once you decide how you are going to get your wood you need to decide which wood is best. The general rule of thumb the heavier the wood the longer it burns and the more heat it puts out. Hardwoods are better for burning than softwoods as will mean less stocking up and a warmer heat. The best types of hardwood to go for are Ash, Birch, Beech, Oak and Elm.
What type of stove
There are a few different types of stove available on the market. Below are some good options.
Multi Fuel Stoves – these stoves have been designed to have both a wood and coal boiler. They come with an additional insert grate for the coal so it is possible to work with both the fuel options.
Wood Stoves with Integral Boiler – This is a wood stove that incorporates a water boiler. Great for heating the house and supply hot water.
Simple wood stove – the most common form of stove that uses just wood to provide heat.
Operating the stove
To use the stove is very simple. The boilers are filled with wood or coal to start providing heat. This heat starts to pump water through the pipes which are insulated to keep the water hot. These pipes then connect to the heating system present in the house and then pumps the water round to heat the rooms, floors and radiators. As well as heat the water stays hot so can be used as well to save having a separate water heater.
Many people worry about the smoke that comes from outdoor wood boilers and the effect it has on the environment. However, they are actually beneficial to the environment and a low carbon option of fuelling your home. The carbon dioxide omitted from burning equals the same amount that was absorbed when the tree was growing.