Our View – Log Burners
Log burners have soared in popularity over the past few years due to spiralling gas and electricity costs. This means that more and more people have turned to wood in order to cut down on fuel costs. As well as the potential savings, they also look great and can provide a fantastic focal point for a living room.
Log burners are great as single room heaters, however struggle to heat the rest of the house to an even temperature without systems for the other rooms. This is fine in some smaller properties, where the log burner is placed in the main living – or obviously larger properties where several log burners are installed. However, in properties where alternative rooms are often used they really only provide a supplementary heat themselves for an alternative main system. The supplementary heat they produce is very efficient when compared to electric convection heaters. However, if its purely for heat and cost reasons, we would recommend Infrared Heating Panels as supplementary heaters to central heating systems. Heating via log burner often equates to the same cost as a gas boiler, as it works out to be about 4p/kWh. However if you live in an area that has an abundance of wood then you can obviously heat your room for free.
Three reasons to go for a Log Burner
There are some great reasons why a log burner would be perfect for your home.
- Great focal point for living rooms
- Powerful and efficient heating solution that, if sourced for free, can heat you room at no cost
- Carbon neutral method of heating
However, there are some negatives, such as the Clean Air Act as well as accessibility of burnable logs and heat demand of the property.
Expected returns on your installation
This will vary massively depending on the existing system and whether you use it as a supplementary heater or as the primary system in the room, and the size of the property. However, typical savings tend to be around £500 when switching from electrical convection to log burners, however these savings are reduced when compared with Infrared Heating Panels, and flattened entirely when comparing them to gas boilers.
What is the cost of a new Log Burner
Installing a Log Burner will cost you anywhere from £800 to £2,000 – depending on the model and if it is considered as a ‘cleanburn’ stove. The Clean Air Act limits what can be burnt in some areas of the country, however the more expensive stoves are often labelled as ‘cleanburn’ which enables them to be used in these areas.
What funding is available?
Unfortunately there are no funding options available for Log Burners, however biomass boilers enable you to take advantage of the generous Renewable Heat Incentive, which offers very attractive returns on the investment.
The difference between a Log Burner and a Biomass Boiler is that of hot water.
Whereas a Log Burner just produces heat for one room, the Biomass Boiler burns wood in order to heat water, which is then pumped around the house causing it to act as a central heating system.
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