There is nothing like the flicker of flame from a roaring fire, and the main reason we invest in wood burning stoves is to keep our homes warm all year round.
But did you know owning a stove could also help save you money from rising energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint?
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF WOOD BURNING
Wood is a renewable source of energy completely grown by solar power and requires no pesticides during its growth cycle.
While burning wood releases carbon dioxide like all fuels, trees have a hidden secret – 49% of dried wood is carbon that has been hidden away during the tree’s lifetime!
Therefore as the wood is burnt and it releases carbon dioxide, another tree absorbs the gases emitted by the older tree and there is a release delay of approximately 25 years.
USE A LOCAL WOOD SUPPLIER
Most firewood in the UK comes from a sustainable source, where for every tree cut down another one is planted. This ensures the carbon released by one tree burning is absorbed by another tree.
Try and get the best wood for your stove sourced locally as it will not have been transported long distances.
The cost per kW of useful energy from burning wood is approximately 4p, and you can achieve even further savings if you have the facilities to grow your own – the same cannot be said for gas or electricity, however.
BURNING WASTE WOOD
Have you ever considered how much wood gets thrown away when a house gets done up or new furniture is purchased? As long as the wood is not painted or treated, you can burn it!
A huge amount of waste wood from demolition sites, packaging and scrap furniture is put in landfill each year – why not warm your house with it instead?
SEASON YOUR WOOD TO BURN GREEN
At Iron and Wood, we recommend you burn logs which have been seasoned for 2 years or more to ensure moisture content is below 20%. This improves your wood burning efficiency which means virtually no smoke is produced and released into the atmosphere.
With thanks to Jotul Stoves for this article.