Stoves can produce an impressive amount of heat, and Villager wood burning stoves are an excellent example of this.
Their powerhouse ‘Villager A Flat’ model has a heat output of 14kw – and is designed to heat large open plan spaces efficiently.
Of course, that amount of heating power isn’t always necessary for smaller homes, but you’ll still want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. If you’ve yet to purchase your stove, you’ll need to first decide whether you’ll be just burning wood, or a combination of wood and coal.
Some stoves are exclusively wood burners, whereas multi-fuel stoves allow you to burn both coal and wood. Burning wood releases less CO2 than coal, making it a better option for the environment, and is typically cheaper to buy.
If you live in a rural area then it’s likely you’ll find plenty of local places selling wood at reasonable prices – but if you live in an area where wood is more difficult to source locally, it’s likely you’ll have to pay more.
When fuelling your fire, never put freshly cut wood straight onto it. Freshly-cut wood is full of moisture, and energy from the fire will be wasted in burning off the water from it, drastically reducing efficiency. Burning wood with a high moisture content also leaves more build-up within the chimney, as well as creating more smoke.
The general guide for wood is to use pieces which contain less than 25% moisture content. A moisture meter can tell you how dry your wood is, but you can also often tell by the weight of it. If you do happen to invest in some freshly cut wood, it’s advised that you ‘season’ it for at least one year in a dry place.
To ensure that your wood gets thoroughly burned, it’s worth investing in a wood burning stove which features Cleanburn technology. Cleanburn is a system in which hot air is introduced to the stove, just above the fire. The introduction of air allows for unburned hydrocarbons to combust, maximising the efficiency of the fire.