Burning wood is an environmentally friendly way of heating you home, because timber is a carbon neutral fuel. This means that wood absorbs an equivalent amount of carbon during its growth as it releases when it is burnt.
When wood rots naturally it releases as much carbon as it does when burnt for heating.
Heating with wood is not only environmentally friendly, but it also makes sound economic sense. Timber for fuel is up to 30% cheaper than oil, electricity or gas and with recent price fluctuations, the savings are only likely to increase.
An additional environmental benefit is that fuel timber is usually locally sourced, so that transport miles and associated emissions are also reduced to a minimum.
Open fires are the oldest form of domestic heating and are a great pleasure on cold winter days. They make a very attractive focal point for any room, but they are the least efficient form of wood based heating.
WOOD BURNING STOVES are a great alternative to an open fire being up to 4 times efficient in heat radiation. WOOD BURNING STOVES operate at about 75% efficiency, which means that 75% of the heat generated from the burning wood is radiated into the room and only 25% is lost up the chimney. (An efficient Stove can also capture some of that heat from the chimney and recycle it into the room)
By comparison an open fire is likely to operate at about 15-20% efficiency – which put in practical terms – one log on a Wood Burner provides the equivalent heat of 4 logs on an open fire – less fuel, less cost, less work!