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Benefits of burning wood

Can you imagine anything more heart-warming on a cold winter’s night that sitting at home, with a glass of wine perhaps, beside a wood burning stove? Or should that be hearth-warming?

The fact is that mankind has been keeping snug and warm, burning solid fuel on open fires or in stoves since our earliest times.

And there’s something really satisfying about watching flames (especially in safety from behind the glass window of a wood burning stove). Something almost instinctive which says "you’re home, warm and safe beside the fire".

As the name suggests, if a stove is described as a wood burner then it’s designed to burn wood (naturally) that’s been seasoned for at least two years in a dry area with good air circulation. This type of wood burns hotter and more efficiently than wood that’s new or wet and reduces the amount of creosote in your chimney lining.

As an alternative why not try the latest offerings of wood briquettes which offer easy, convenient combustion and produce minimum levels of ash. With a moisture content often less than 10% they produce a great heat output.

What’s more, there are many key benefits to heating your home with a wood burning or solid fuel stove. For example, with a solid fuel or wood burning stove, you don’t have to worry when there’s a power cut as your appliance can be relied upon to be a constant heat source at any time.

It’s better for the environment too, simply because burning timber from managed or coppiced forests helps conserve fossil fuels and is very cost efficient. After all, wood is essentially a waste material if it is just left to rot.

In fact, many of our members firmly believe that using a wood burning stove can offer a carbon neutral, wholly sustainable heat source – simply because trees (when they are growing) take in carbon dioxide which sooner or later must be released when they die and either rot where they fall or their wood is burnt.

In smoke control areas of the UK, logs can still be burnt on stoves which have been granted exemption from Government regulations through DEFRA. These stoves have passed stringent tests to confirm that they’re able to burn solid fuel, such as wood, but without emitting smoke.

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