In the last few years, the rate of stoves being installed has significantly increased. The major contributing factors are two-fold. Homeowners are looking for frugal ways to reduce their heating bills and the environmentally conscious are seeking to minimise their carbon footprint. With a range of choice on the market, which is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly option? Let’s break it down and see:
From a design perspective, opting for a stove or an insulated flue system over an open fire is far more practical. By harnessing the energy, you can disperse the heat efficiently to warm up the room. Unlike an open fire which ends up wasting heat. But which fuel source should you use? Wood is a renewable and clean-burning source. This means carbon monoxide is not released into the atmosphere — or more importantly, your home. The emissions from gas-burning stoves aren’t so clean. Besides, at just three pence per kilowatt, using wood as a fuel is a far more cost-effective solution. There are benefits of using gas when you have a high-efficiency gas stove as this will help reduce running costs and heating bills. But overall, using of wood as fuel can reduce your carbon footprint by 70%. Making this the more environmentally friendly option when compared to the 55% reduction gas burning stoves provide.
Verdict: The wood stove.
Both gas and wood burning stoves emit a great deal of heat however wood burners will take longer to warm up the room as there is no way of controlling the temperature. Wood burning stoves are often less efficient at transferring heat from the fuel source (wood) to the rest of the room; they lack proficient heat exchangers which help with this process. As a natural heat source, you can’t just crank up the thermostat when you want the room to be hotter. That’s not to say they aren’t a good choice; in fact, when placed close to your seating areas, a wood stove is still a fantastic solution. Even though gas stoves are more expensive to run they are more efficient than a wood burner. The heat transfer systems are more advanced and allow the heat to circulate the room much more efficiently and at the same time not allowing excess heat to escape. Gas stoves will warm up quicker at the press of a button and are much easier to regulate, allowing you to alter the temperature of your desire.
Verdict: The gas stove
Regardless of which type of which type of burner you choose, it is essential that you maintain your stove with frequent cleaning and general upkeep. As wood burners generate a lot of soot and ash, they need periodic chimney maintenance to get rid of any excess creosote which if left, can cause chimney fires. Gas stoves are easier to take care of as they don’t have a real burning flame which creates more mess, although they still need to be cleaned and serviced on a regular basis for safety and efficiency purposes.
Of course, you can do this yourself, or we’d be more than happy to help. We’ve been sweeping chimneys for over 37 years, and we’re proud of our reputation for being arguably the best Chimney Sweep company in London and Kent. From chimney sweeping to nest and pest removal, we’ll keep your stove in pristine condition. We offer our services at competitive prices and can work around your budget. For a quote, get in touch today by calling us on 0208 447 5689 or 01843 639 624, and one of our well-informed staff will be happy to help you.