Top 10 tips for Reducing Your Heating Costs by Installing a Wood Burning Stove

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On freezing winter days like the ones we are now experiencing, could there anything nicer than coming in from the cold and curling up in front of a wood-burning stove? Aside from the romantic vision of cups of hot chocolate in front of a glowing stove, did you know that installing a wood burning stove could potentially reduce your energy bills?

Even with the recent gas and electricity price cuts that have been announced by some of the biggest energy suppliers this week (following their steep price rises last year), it is definitely worth considering alternative forms of home heating to reduce your energy costs and over-reliance on gas and electricity.

So, to give us the low-down on wood burning stoves and how to maximise our heating whilst minimising our energy bills, the chaps at www.gr8fires.co.uk have shared their top 10 tips, plus we have an exclusive offer for all Queen of Easy Green™ readers, see below.

Top 10 tips for Reducing Your Heating Costs by Installing a Wood Burning Stove

1.     Install a wood-burning stove

That’s the inevitable starting point for saving money with a wood burning stove. This will reduce your heating costs by cutting your reliance on central heating. You can turn off the radiators in rooms that you don’t need to keep warm and use the stove as your main source of heat.

2.     Choose the right stove

Picking the best stove for your needs is essential in helping you to save money. If you don’t fit a stove with a heat output suited to the room, it will reduce your chances of cutting your heating costs. Opting for a more expensive model with a greater output to heat a larger room will pay for the price difference in no time at all.

3.     Consider a wood burning boiler stove

Installing a boiler stove is one way of further cutting your heating bills. You can use the heat generated by your stove to also heat the water in your home. The dual use of your stove means you can cut your central heating costs even further.

4.     Use properly seasoned wood

The type of wood you use has a huge impact on the efficiency of your stove. Using seasoned wood -which has been cut, split and left to air for at least a year – is the best way to minimise your heating costs. Seasoned wood contains far less moisture, burns more efficiently and heats your home more quickly than freshly cut wood.

5.     Control your stove’s air supply properly

Both the bottom (primary) and top (secondary) air vents should be open when you light your stove. Once the fire is burning well, you should be able to close the primary vent and control the fire using only the secondary vent for a more efficient burn.

6.     Get your chimney swept regularly

As a minimum you should get your chimney swept annually before you start using the stove regularly. Ideally, it should be swept every three to four month when the stove is in regular use.

7.     Use dry kindling to start the fire

Using small pieces of wood to get the fire going will heat your stove more quickly and, as a result, your room will start heat more efficiently once you add logs. The sooner your stove is up to temperature, the sooner the convection process can have an impact on the rest of the room.

8.     Use free wood

One of the best aspects of installing a stove is that you can easily find a supply of free fuel. From saving friends and family from a trip to the tip to salvaging fallen trees from your nearest forest (with the landowner’s permission), there are plenty of opportunities to heat your home for free.

9.     Don’t be tempted to throw another log into the stove

Once you have loaded the stove with logs, don’t continually top up your stove as they burn. Wait until all the logs have been burnt to glowing embers before reloading the stove. Continually adding more wood is considerably less efficient.

10.  Keep the door closed

It is a simple tip, but one that causes unnecessary confusion for many stove users. Once the stove is lit, the door should be closed. This increases the efficiency of the burn by up to 60 per cent.

Have you got a wood burning stove, what other tips have you got? Any special tricks for storing wood for maximum efficiency, or have you got any other eco-friendly ways of fueling your stove, we’d love to hear?

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4 Comments
Rose

I have owned a wood stove for 30 years. It is not necessarily cheaper because wood is expensive. Yes, if you can find free wood then of course that’s cheaper. That sometimes involves cutting, hauling and stacking.
Be aware of the different kinds of wood. Some woods burn much hotter and longer. Oak is really the best. Do not burn pine.
Heat from a wood burning stove is great because it’s a constant heat. It can get pretty toasty AND dry. You might need a fan to move the heat around a little.
Dispose of the ashes properly-away from the house.

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Andy

How long does it take to save money? I’ve had a quick look at prices and a woodburning stove will cost about £1000 to install, with a flue and fireplate.

If this should stop me using two radiators, that’ll save me about £80 a year, so it’ll take me 12 years until I save any money.

If I add in the cost of the fuel, say £200/year, my £1000 woodburner is costing me £120/year! Better off not installing it and leaving the radiators on!

Mind you, I’d rather watch the flickering flames of a real fire than gaze at a radiator any day….

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Gr8Fires

But don’t forget, Andy, that fuel prices are continuing to rise and – as a long term trend – will continue to do so even more drastically. Your £80 a year saving is likely to go up year-on-year.

Also, as Rose has commented, if you’re prepared to source your own wood you should be able to cut the projected cost of your fuel.

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