Advice, Central heating

Installing an Authentic Wood Burner

A wood-burning stove or fireplace can be a homely addition to any property – but is it as easy as making a single purchase?



When you are sitting at home in the colder winter months of the UK, you want to feel comfortable and cosy
– and sometimes central heating just isn’t the answer. So why not opt for a brand new authentic wood-burner instead? It might be just the thing you are looking for to add charm and warmth to your family home!

Why install an Authentic Wood-Burner?

Authentic wood burning stoves and ovens offer a range of different advantages to the home-owner, including the following:

  • Their exteriors are often designed according to traditional Edwardian or Victorian specifications, making them an attractive centre-piece for any kitchen or living area.
  • Real heat often feels different to artificial central heating, which has been known to cause headaches or feelings of stuffiness; a natural burn generates real heat that can be more comfortable and relaxing.
  • Because you all have to gather round a single source, wood-burners are also viewed by many as a more family friendly option than having radiators in each and every room.
  • Wood-burners are also more energy-efficient, as it should only be used under constant supervision; that means there isn’t loads of wasted heat, such as when radiators are left turned on all over the home.
  • A wood-burning stove will run even in the event of a power-cut, keeping you and your family warm no matter what happens.
  • It is also good for the environment, as wood is a carbon-neutral source of fuel; making it an eco-friendly home improvement idea.
  • Wood is also freely available, especially in rural areas – so as long as you don’t go around chopping down trees, you have an abundance of free fuel at your disposal.
  • Using a wood-burner as an alternative to central heating can also save you money on your energy bills, reducing costs overall.
  • Finally, authentic wood-burners can add value to your property, making them a worthwhile investment for any home.

Wood-Burner Installation Tips

Before you go ahead and purchase a new authentic wood-burner, however, you should take a look over our recommended installation tips – just to be sure this sort of home renovation is right for you.

  • What kind of wood-burner are you looking for; a stove/oven combination or a centred fireplace? The former can also be used for slow-cooking, but the latter generally acts as a more all-round home heating appliance.
  • Remember that burning wood will result in a lot of ash and soot – so you have to have a working chimney in place before the burner can be fitted. If you don’t, can you afford the upgrade?
  • When solid fuel burns it releases carbon monoxide into the surrounding air, so make sure you also have a monoxide detector fully fitted and tested before you start using your wood-burner.
  • Finally, are you going to install the wood-burner by yourself or are you going to see about getting a Gas Safe registered engineer to do the work for you? It might seem cheaper to do it alone, but by hiring a trained professional who knows to fit the oven according to the UK Part J Building Regulations, you can rest easy knowing that the burner is safe to use and you and your family can enjoy it each and every night. Where gas is concerned, it is always better not to take the risk unless you have DIY experience in the relevant area!

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