For some people, nothing beats the kind of cosy warmth and ambience that comes from a flickering wood fire. Wood fires can also provide a sense of independence from power and gas companies, plus a greater surety about heating costs.
Benefits of a wood fire:
- The environment – compared with fossil fuels, wood is much more eco-friendly. Wood is a renewable resource, and sourcing wood locally reduces your carbon footprint.
- Economics – Wood is a comparatively inexpensive heating option. A wood fire is ideal if you have a wood supply or, if you are able to source wood locally it can bring economic benefits to your community.
- Efficiency –burning well-seasoned wood can give you up to twice the heat output as well as reduce emissions.
- The ambience – nothing quite beats the coziness of a real wood fire or stove.
- Works during a power outage!
Things to consider:
- Placement – chimney/flue ducting
- Freestanding or custom build
- Wood availability and dry storage space
- Cleaning / waste ash
- Types of wood