What is the best type of stove for the environment?
We're all taking steps to be more environmentally conscious these days. From recycling our old boxes, cans, and tins to bringing reusable bags to the supermarket - we all want to ensure our daily lives inflict as little damage as possible on the planet we call home and our surrounding environment.
At Stove Supermarket, we sell a variety of stoves that are powered by different fuels. In this post, we'll be talking about the best stove types for the environment and considering the fuels they burn, their CO2 emissions, and their effect on their immediate surroundings.
A couple of awards are given to stoves that pass specific requirements, which can help you spot stoves that are less harmful to the environment.
- DEFRA Approved Stoves
Firstly, a DEFRA (Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) approved stove is a wood-burning stove that has passed the UK Government's criteria for low emission levels and the amount of smoke that it will be allowed to produce at any time is controlled. These stoves are generally designed to limit how much they can be starved of air, limiting smoke production through combustion.
This means that a DEFRA stove will not create excessive smoke, as it burns consistently and efficiently. If you would like to find out more about DEFRA approved and exempt stoves – we have a blog that can tell you more here!
- SIA Ecodesign Ready
The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) Ecodesign ready initiative is awarded to wood-burning appliances that meet five fundamental regulations regarding efficiency and emissions of specific gases. These five measures are:
- Seasonal efficiency
- Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
- Carbon Monoxide (CO)
- PM (Particulate Matter)
- OGC’s (Organic Gaseous Conpounds)
Ecodsign ready stoves are committed to improving stove design allowing for clean, more efficient and environmentally friendly stoves through lower emissions.
Wood Burning stoves
If your wood-burning stove is EcoDesign ready, then you'll be creating 90% fewer emissions than you would be burning on an open fire and 80% less than a 10-year-old stove. But while emissions are controllable to a degree, the particulate created when burning a wood stove is something to consider, as this is bad for air quality. A high quality, DEFRA approved wood burning stove is definitely the best available option – however for more tips and tricks on how to reduce your wood burning stove emissions – have a read of another of our blogs here!
Multi Fuel Stoves
Multi-fuel stoves have the brilliant advantage of effortlessly switching from burning wood to relying on another energy source like smokeless fuels. Once again, if DEFRA approved, a Multi Fuel Stove is a great option that looks fantastic and emits a substantial amount of heat whilst doing minimal environmental damage.
Gas and Electric Stoves
If you don't already have an existing gas line in your home, an electric stove may be the easiest and quickest way to have a source of heat that emulates a fire in the home and creates a realistic-looking holographic flame!
However, a gas stove is more cost-effective and creates a real flame – adding an authentic ambience to the room. They're also often more efficient than their electric and wood-burning alternatives and easier to control.
Whichever you decide, as long as you try and pick a stove with a DEFRA or EcoDesign ready accreditation, you're doing your part for the environment.
- Stovesupermarket Admin