Warm & Emotive
Wood Burning Stoves are a real focal point to any home
Abundant & Renewable
Wood is a carbon neutral energy source and readily available locally
Modern Wood Burning Boiler Stoves Are Really Effective
With the option to heat your radiators, water and underfloor heating, modern stoves with boilers are a great solution
Cut CO2 By Up To 90%
Produces a fraction of the C02 emissions of fossil fuels
Wood Burning Stoves Are An Excellent Renewable Energy Solution
A Wood Burning Stove can be a great focal point in any living room and with the costs of fossil fuels set to rise at least 33% by 2020 they offer a great way to save money. According to Which, up to 77% cheaper per kWh.
Wessex ECOEnergy offer a wide range of Wood Burning Stoves and can help you choose the one that will work best for your home and space. They come in a range of sizes and styles so contact us today to discuss your options.
Wood Burning Boiler Stoves
Many Wood Burning Stoves have the option of a top, back or wrap around boiler. Linking the boiler to your hot water tank or thermal store will power your central heating system and provide hot water as well as heat your main living room.
Designing such a heating and hot water system is relatively simple but you will need the help and advice of an experienced heating engineer so contact us today to discuss your options.
System Configuration & Costs
All systems are tailored to your situation. Factors that effect this are:
- Annual Energy Usage
- Type, Size and Level of Insulation of Property
- Number of People
- Possible Flue Positions
- Possible Pipe Layouts (if fitting a boiler to the Woodburning Stove)
With this information from the site visit, Wessex ECOEnergy will calculate your overall energy demand and create a detailed proposal showing the recommended Wood Burning Stove size in kW and associated items like flue, liners and install costs. A small number of Wood Burning Stoves attract Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments for 7 years which can make the solution even more attractive.
5 Steps Before Buying A Wood Burning Stove
- Location: Do you have an existing chimney or place for the flue? If you have a chimney get it swept by your local qualified chimney sweep: http://www.hetas.co.uk/find-chimney-sweep.
- Heat Output: Choose the correct Heat Output for the space (kW): Wesssex ECOEnergy can help here so contact us.
- Room air dependent or independent: Some Wood Burning Stoves require their own air inlet, it is important to get expert advice at this stage.
- Regulations: A Wood Burning Stove needs to be fitted correctly by a qualified engineer (HETAS). If fitted by a keen DIY’er your local council will need to be notified via building control.
- Get some advice first, contact us to book a site visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sized Wood Burning Stove do I need?
It is important to have a stove that is the right size for the room it is going into. Too big can be just as bad as too small. It is often better to have a smaller stove working hard than to have a larger one that is just chugging away. Our consultant can offer advice and recommendations just book the free site visit by clicking this link contact us to book. Which also have some helpful advice.
Do I need ventilation?
If you need a stove over 5KW in output then it will be necessary to have a permanent vent in the building to assist with flue draught and to make sure the fire has enough oxygen to burn safely. Anything under 5KW can be installed without need for ventilation.
Will I need to have my chimney lined?
This will depend on the current construction of your chimney. We assess each job individually. In many cases it is unnecessary to line the chimney. For example if you have a 1970’s house you will more than likely have a concrete block liner that is in good condition, should be adequate for your stove. If you have a large brick chimney, it is often advisable to line it. This increases the draught, which in turn makes your Wood Burning Stove work better and lowers the risk of tar and soot build up (which can cause chimney fires).
What can I expect as regular maintenance?
Regular chimney cleaning will maintain the performance of your Wood Burning Stove, and ensure that you do not have a buildup of soot and tar. Where possible, look down from the top and up from the bottom of the chimney for creosote deposits. A depth that exceeds 1/8 inch should be cleaned. We recommend that every homeowner have their chimney inspected, and swept if necessary, when they move into a home before using the chimney. Annual inspection and cleaning (as necessary) should be undertaken to ensure safety, optimum efficiency and to validate your insurance cover. It should not be difficult to access the chimney via the access plate and sweep the chimney with a stiff chimney brush.
What is HETAS?
HETAS is the governing body for solid fuel, it gives installers and the public guidelines on how to fit all solid fuel appliances safely and efficiently. When a woodburner is fitted, there are guidelines that the installer has to adhere to to make the stove safe to use within a home environment. The heat from a woodburner is intense and it is therefore these safety measures that stop chimney fires and accidents. For more information look at www.hetas.co.uk.
What size hearth do I need?
There are regulations that must be abided by concerning the dimensions of your hearth that your multi fuel stove or wood burning stove will sit on. There are actually two hearths that are used in the installation process but the common one that most people are aware of is the superimposed hearth. Regulations can vary between the manufacturer and building regulations but rest assured that whatever stove is installed, Wessex ECOEnergy will satisfy the requirements, ensure a safe installation, notify your local authority and give you a certificate of compliance.
What about chimney sweeping?
Your flue should be swept at least once a year – and definitely after a period of no-use. Ideally this should be by someone qualified by a registered body such as NACS (National Association of Chimney Sweeps), GMS (Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps Ltd.) or APICS (Association of Professional and Independent Chimney Sweeps). Ensure that you get and retain a certificate of attendance for insurance purposes. Of note be aware that they get very busy at the end of summer and during the peak season (Oct-Jan) so placing a call and enquiring how busy they are might be a good starting point.
Cast Iron v Steel Wood Burning Stoves?
There is a huge array of stoves on the market, some are Cast Iron, some are Steel and some are a mixture of the two. Both have pros and cons, such as a steel stove will heat up quicker, whereas a cast iron stove will take longer to heat up initially, but will retain some heat once the fire has burnt out. So your decision needs to be influenced by your needs, and what you want your stove to do. The down sides are if not used correctly a cast iron stove can crack, whereas a steel stove can warp. Therefore, either must only be burnt following the manufacturers instructions.
Why should I use a Wood Burning Stove instead of an open fire?
An open fire is far less efficient compared to a woodburner or multifuel stove. With an open fire up to three quarters of the heat it generates, will be lost up the chimney. Whereas most stoves are now between 75% and 85% efficient, meaning that three quarters of the heat they generate will enter the room, rather than being lost up the chimney. In monetary terms, for every £100 of fuel you put on an open fire £70 escapes up the chimney. For every £100 of fuel you put on a stove £80 worth enters the room.
What is the main difference between a Woodburner and multifuel stove?
The main difference is the grate. A multifuel stove has moving parts this is called the ‘riddling grate’. Its designed for burning smokeless coal, this requires a stream of air to circulate underneath the fuel for complete combustion. The grate is riddled and the ashes are caught in the pan below. Obviously you do have the option of burning wood on your multifuel stove. A wood burners grate is static i.e no moving parts because wood burns best on a bed off ash.
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