Why install a wood burning or Multi fuel stove?

The Environment     

Wood is a hugely important renewable fuel and when taken from managed sources where felled trees are replanted. it is the most environmentally friendly fuel available. When burning, wood releases exactly the same amount of carbon dioxide as it has accumulated when growing so is practically CO2 neutral.
Fuel can be produced from thinnings taken from woodlands and forests, wood recovered from the waste stream and from crops like short rotation coppice. This activity can be of benefit to the environment, creating more light and open spaces and potentially increasing biodiversity in the woodland.
Smokeless fuels - Smokeless fuels provide excellent sustained heat output. - You spend less time re-fuelling the fire. Homefire for example is the market leading smokeless coal for open fires and multi-fuel stoves which generates up to 30% more heat and lasts up to 40% longer than house coal spending less money to create your required heat. whilst emitting up to 80% less smoke and 25% less CO2
Switching to premium smokeless coal can cut your heating bills significantly over the course of the year.

Guaranteed Heat    

With solid fuel heating you can hold stock, ensuring that your home will be warm even in the most adverse weather conditions. Whatever the weather, you don't need to worry about supply failures or power cuts. You can even boil a kettle on a flat-top stove.

Rising Fuel Prices  

With increasing global energy demands it is no surprise fuel prices have been rising at alarming rates. Average house hold combined energy bill has risen from £543 in 2001 to £1,250 in 2010 (Source DECC  http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/energy_stats/prices/prices.aspx )
Nov 2010- Nov 2011 saw domestic gas prices rise by an average 25.4% and domestic electricity rose by an average 15.5%. Consistently smokeless fuel prices rose by a far smaller amount (10.2%) over the same period. This general upwards trend is almost certain to continue. The average house hold combined energy bill could very easily reach £1,800 or more by 2015! Whilst the global economy is presently in recession, when conditions do begin to improve (and they will) then energy prices must begin to rise both quickly and significantly.
In most cases the greater percentage of household fuel spend is on heating and hot water. 75% of domestic households' energy consumption is for heating and hot water (source mcs scheme). Solid fuel is an efficient and economical method of heating your home 24 hours a day. Implementing a wood burning or multi fuel stove can often make a BIG difference to household bills.
The efficiency of a stove tells you how much of the energy in a fuel will be given to the room when you use the stove. Stove efficiencies are measured in % (percentage) Stove optimal output is the heat output given to the room at its stated efficiency measured in gross KWh (Kilowatt Hours output). Testing offers a number of variables therefore efficiency / output figures should be taken as a guide only.
An 80% efficient 5Kwh* multifuel stove will consume approx 6.25KWh of energy and provide approx 5KWh of heat per hour at it’s rated efficiency. A typical combination boiler will have a similar efficiency therefore making comparison straightforward.
Fuel kWh per Kg Price Per Kilo Price Per kWh
Wood (Dried) 4.2 £0.22 £0.05
Anthracites 9.4 £0.52 £0.06
Pellets 5 £0.20 £0.04
Heat Logs 5 £0.21 £0.04
Gas £0.04
Wood (Home Seasoned) 4.2 £0.15 £0.03
This shows that home seasoned wool fuel can be a very efficient choice.
Cost savings from use of stoves v’s typical central heating solution also arise from the differences between typical usage. A typical central heating solution will tend to heat all household rooms. A typical dry installation will heat main living area using less energy thought a day.
Windsor & Eton Stoves provide a complete fixed price survey, supply and installation service. So why not start saving today! Call 0800 678 5041 today!

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Increase Your Property Value       

According to Ed Mead of Douglas and Gordon Estate Agents in London, “in certain areas a wood burner could increase the value of a property by up to 5%! (Sunday Times 6th Oct 2013). With an average Installed price of under £3,000 a stove installation makes a great deal of sense.


Quality of Life     

(quote solid fuel Association) - Everyone warms to the cosy glow and flickering flames that only a real fire can offer and, while you're enjoying the experience, you can consider all the other advantages that solid fuel heating brings.
The healthy option - Solid fuel heating can greatly reduce condensation, eliminating household mould often associated with 'on/off' fires. Medical research has also shown that solid fuel heating can reduce the risk of hay fever, asthma and eczema.
Homes with solid fuel heating are better ventilated than those with other forms of heating; the very use of a chimney will induce ventilation into a home drawing in fresh air and removing the 'polluted' air. Families who use solid fuels are less likely to suffer from hay fever, asthma and eczema because the use of a chimney draws fresh air through the house and removes ‘polluted’ air; thus creating a better ventilated home.

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