Should I Buy a Combustion Stove or Wood Heater?

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Whether you’re interested in purchasing a wood heater to make your house warm and cosy, or you’d like to save some cash on your energy bills by opting for a combustion stove, we at David Lewis Plumbing have put together a small guide to help you make an informed decision.

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Is a Wood Heater Right for Your Health Condition?

Although wood-burning is known to be environmentally friendly, a wood-burning heater still produces some pollution.

So, if you have underlying health conditions or don’t want to contribute pollution to the environment, then you may want to reconsider purchasing a wood heater.

What Type of Fuel Will you be Burning?

If you’re going to be burning only one wood, then a wood heater is the way to go. If, on the other hand, you’re planning on burning different types of wood, then we suggest you opt for a combustion stove instead.

Your fuel choice will most likely depend on the fuel supply in your area as well as their individual costs.

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What Do you Want to Heat?

If you want to heat your entire house and not just a single room, then you might want to go for a wood heater.

Combustion stoves are often used to heat one room, but they can be attached to your central heating system to heat other rooms in your home as well, although this can be much more difficult and costly.

Will you be Home Enough to Both Light the Stove and Get Rid of the Ash?

Combustion stoves take a little longer to light than wood heaters, and occasionally, the ash will need to be cleared before use. Remember that if you opt for a stove, you’ll need to get your chimney swept at least twice a year too.

Do you Have Enough Space to Store the Wood or Fuel?

If you have plenty of space to store wood, then a combustion stove is the way to go. Whether you buy logs in bulk or smaller bags at a time, you need to make sure that your storage area is sheltered from the rain.

The More Technical Details

No matter which one you choose, you need to make sure your stove or heater is the right size for your home. If your home is relatively small but your stove or heater has an extremely high output, you’ll be wasting energy as you’ll be opening windows to cool down your house. The size of your wood heater or combustion stove will depend on the following:

• The size of the room you want to heat
• The layout of the room
• How big your windows are
• Whether or not you have double glazing

As we’ve highlighted above, both combustion stoves and wood heaters are excellent options to consider, so to discuss combustion stoves and wood heaters at length, don’t hesitate to contact our expert team at David Lewis Plumbing. Not only can we help you decide which heater option is best for you, but we’ll also make sure that the installation is perfect too.