Things To Consider Before Installing A Wood Burning Stove

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Why Has The Wood Burning Stove Recently Become So Popular?

If you’ve been musing over the idea of installing a wood burning stove in your home then you are far from alone. And if the principal purpose of your visit here is to find out what it’s likely to cost you to install one then you can either click that link or wend your way through.

Over the past few years there has been a huge increase in the number of people using wood burners to either supplement or indeed replace conventional heating systems.

And not just individuals either; many commercial premises, schools and so on have installed modern wood burning boiler stoves. So why exactly is this?

Top of the list in equal first place must be: significant savings in running costs (especially with constantly rising prices for gas, oil and electricity); and good looks. Certainly, where automated wood pellet stoves are concerned then reducing costs is where it’s at.

For purely domestic installations though, it seems that most everyone loves that traditional fireplace effect and the cozy warmth that more conventional forms of space heating just seem to lack. Also, the latest log burning stoves are very clean and easy to use and maintain.

Basic Checklist Before Considering Installing a Wood Burning Stove

There are various pros and cons to installing a wood burning stove and some of the crucial issues to consider for any biomass system are noted below.

Before we go any further though, a quick word about terminology. Like any subject, the technology of wood burning has it’s own jargon that acts as useful shorthand for professionals and mostly baffles everyone else.

Unusually though, this terminological bamboozlement starts with the description of the very subject itself. You would think that a woodburner, wood burner, wood burning stove and log burner were all basically the same thing just described in different ways. And (pedants and hair splitters aside) you would be right. But try typing each of those into a search engine and notice how you get noticeably different results each time.

For a quick(ish) run down of the various different options then try this guide to choosing a wood burning stove and discover more than you perhaps wanted to know about the differences (and similarities) between wood burners, pellet stoves, solid fuel versus multi-fuel stoves, inset fires, pellet boilers, range cookers, double sided stoves, back boilers, DEFRA approved appliances and so on, and on, and on…

It also includes a handy dandy list of many of the best wood stove makers with links to their own websites so you can waste hours drooling extensively research the many options open to you.

This plethora of ways to say the same thing makes it quite tricky to ever find what you’re interested in, because you don’t know how it might have been described. You might want to research a wood burning boiler but not know that some of the best information or products out there refer instead to a log burning stove.

Eventually you might realize that “log burning stoves” or “log burning fires” might in fact be the term to search for only to then discover (or more likely not, of course) that other folk have chosen to refer instead to “wood burning fires” or even “cast iron stoves” for the perfectly reasonable reason that most logburners are indeed made of cast iron. The only solution appears to be to conduct multiple searches specifying each of the usual suspects. Anyway, you get the idea so let’s continue…

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  • Robert Brunton

    Hi there want to put a log burner into my house but don’t have a fire place or chimney in my house, I don’t want to go through the roof, so can I go through the wall with a double skin flew, and is there rules to what hight and it has to be off the wall.Plus could I fit this myself cheers robert

    • Robert

      Yes you can go out through a wall using a double skin flue – it’s a very common option since it’s much cheaper than putting in a masonry chimney. There are shed loads of rules and regulations to comply with and if you do want to attempt this yourself then you will still have to get the job certified by your local building control. So think carefully – you could easily end up spending more by trying to “save” on professional installation costs. This is a good straightforward article on this very subject. Hope that points you in the right direction.


  • miller

    Hi I have a dimplex Westcott stove, but on fitting the flexible 6″ liner pipe adapter to the stove find the stove hole is exactly the same size and so will not fit inside. Have rung Dimplex but they are not interested. Can you suggest anything.
    regards Tony Miller

  • Clare

    I’m so glad you mentioned that Guardian article! It comes up on so many internet searches about stoves, and, while clearly not an in-depth objective assessment, it is completely misleading. I assume there was no retraction? The detailed information you have provided is very helpful. Thank you.

    • > I assume there was no retraction?
      What do you think? And don’t get me started on the subject of Guardian journalists… But glad to have been of help anyway. Kat.

  • Paul Burns Stoves

    We have been looking for an article to cover all the relevant points on installing a woodburning stove this is this perfect to refer to customers