Forestrall Timber and Fencing are on board with this move, currently stocking pine kindling, hardwood logs and briquettes. Our aim is to be able to provide our customers with supplies for their wood burners at competitive rates. Purchases can be made over the phone (01474 444150), direct from our yard in Bean, near Dartford or online here.
We have found statistics showing that manufacturers estimate that around 200,000 stoves were fitted in the past year, representing a 20% year-on-year increase. From this it would appear that the public are catching on to the advantages offered by wood burning.
Wood offers greatly reduced costs when compared with other fuels. Quite impressively, a wood burning stove is a huge 77% cheaper to run than an electric fire and 29% cheaper than a gas effect fire. A stove can make a noticeable difference to fuel economy and warmth in the house – on average, wood burning stoves operate with a 70-80% efficiency compared to an open fire at 32%, and a room open gas effect fire at 20 to 55% efficiency.
Wood is also one of the most environmentally friendly fuels that can be used – it is a renewable energy and virtually carbon neutral. Replacing a decorative gas fire with a wood burning stove will reduce the carbon footprint of a house by 22% and the reduction in carbon when replacing an open fire is 14%.
Pros and Cons of Wood Heating
- Biomass materials are considered a carbon-neutral source of energy because, despite producing carbon dioxide when burnt, they only release roughly the same amount they absorb while growing. Locally-produced biomass materials are even better in terms of carbon as less carbon is produced when transporting it shorter distances. So if you want to be more eco-friendly then this is the way to go!
- Stoves are more efficient than many other types of standalone room heaters.
- Using biomass will reduce your dependence on traditional fuels, like gas and electricity, which are more subject to global demand, and their prices are likely to continue to rise dramatically in the future.
- If you have a room thermostat in the room where a stove is installed then your central heating will turn off sooner as the stove heats the room, saving you money overall.
- Once launched in spring 2014, the Renewable Heat Incentive will pay you to produce heat from a wood heating system – although wood burning stoves used on their own don’t count under the scheme.
- Costs for installing a whole biomass system, a stove and a boiler could be in excess of £15,000.
- The initial cost of a wood heating system can be high – between £1,000 to £3,000 for purchase and installation of a simple log stove, and £5,000 to £11,500 for a wood pellet boiler and installation.
- While biomass heating is suitable for any type of building, you do need to have the space available to store the fuel and to access the system for loading.
- Unlike other renewable energy technologies, with biomass you still need to buy the fuel. Fuel costs depend on the type of fuel, the distance you are from your supplier, the time of year you buy and whether you can buy in large quantities.
You can read more from us in our timber blog here.