Wood Stoves v Gas Stoves v Boiler Stoves – Which is best for me?
As the cold weather well and truly settles in for the winter, many peoples’ minds are drawn to installing or replacing a stove in their homes – and who can blame them? A well-fitted stove is comforting, cosy, and a splendid thing to return home to. With so many types and models on the market, choosing the right type of stove for your property can be confusing… but don’t worry – we’re here to help!
Despite the variety of stoves available, they tend to fall into three broad categories: wood-burning stoves, gas stoves, and boiler stoves. In this article, we will take a look at each type and point out the pros and cons associated with them to help you decide on the perfect stove for you!
Part of the appeal of a wood burning stove is purely aesthetic – crackling wood and roaring flames, combined with the comforting heat and scent of burning timber is a wonderful thing. There are economic benefits too – with more than half of wood stove owners recently surveyed reporting savings in their heating bills.
However, if you’re fitting a wood-burning stove, you need regular access to wood. If you have your own supply or have a local delivery service you can trust, then this should not be a problem, but otherwise you need to ensure that this is something you can easily access moving forward. In addition to this, you will also need somewhere to store your wood that’s dry and well-ventilated to prevent the wood from getting damp.
There are also some safety concerns that come with a log burner. A live fire should never be left unattended, even with the metal protection afforded by a stove. If the stove is insufficiently ventilated, it can cause smoke to build up in the room, which can be bad for your eyes and lungs. However, these are all factors that, with the correct maintenance, can be easily avoided!
Gas stoves are easier to clean and require less maintenance than a wood stove, as well as being more energy-efficient than solid fuel. Unlike a live wood fire, the heat on a gas stove can be altered at the touch of a button or the twisting of a dial.
However, if you don’t already have a gas line to your home, you will need to have this fitted at the same time as your gas stove, which can incur more expense and time for the project.
Boiler stoves can be a very efficient way of heating your property. If you’re already planning a cosy fire in your living room, why not get the added benefits of a fully warmed home and ample hot water for taking a bath or doing the dishes?
A boiler stove is integrated with your home’s plumbing system, which means it takes quite a bit of effort to install. Most boiler stove fittings take a couple of weeks to complete from design to final installation. It is not a small job in terms of labour or costs, being one of the most expensive systems to fit. That said, while the upfront costs are higher, a boiler stove makes a sound investment in the long run.
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If you’d like to find out more information about the various types of stoves available, or to discuss which stove is best suited to your property, get in touch with us here at Stove Supermarket today! Drop us an email at email@example.com or give us a call on 01226 816 051!
- Stovesupermarket Admin