Well, the warmer weather definitely seems to have left us now. This week I’ve had to find my coat and boots. I don’t know about you but each year I can’t remember what my winter coat is and then have a rummage around and there it is….Say hello to my favourite warm coat for the next few months, goodbye flip flops. Let’s hope everyones heating is working. Always a slightly scary moment when you try out the boiler for the first time since last year…….
So how are we all intending to keep warm this winter?
Our kitchen area is open plan and with the glass back doors it can get quite cold so we really wanted to put a fire in this area. I looked into log burners as I love the look of them but it was all getting quite expensive. I decided therefore to opt for an electric one and I’m really pleased with it (so is Maggie as you can see!) I have attached a ‘false’ flue and plonked some ‘real’ logs next to it for effect and to give the illusion of a log burner but it just a plug in electric fire. (with remote control!) It’s really effective too, literally heats this area in seconds of walking in so I’m really happy.
With energy bills rising we are all looking how to reduce our home energy bills. One advantage of having a small fire (real or not real) is that you can maybe get away with putting the heating on for the whole house. We have a real fire in the lounge and in the evening we often will turn the heating right down and just snuggle around this. However, open fires can be quite inefficient with most of the heat given off being lost up the chimney, and the draughts the chimney creates, so it’s no wonder that many people like the idea of investing in a woodburning stove.
These have become so popular in the last few years not just because they are efficient but because they look so good! Contemporary, traditional, freestanding….so many options and important choices as it’s more often than not, the focal point of a room and can influence the rest of the design.
Morso has a beautiful range of wood burning stoves.
However, before you rush out and buy a wood burner…… there is a lot to consider
- do you have a readily available supply of firewood? a log store?
- if you don’t then a multi fuel stove could be an option (these give the option of burning solid fuels such as smokeless anthracite as well as wood)
NB: if you live in a built up area you will need to check to see if you’re within a Smoke Control Area and if you are, you’ll only be able to burn DEFRA-approved smokeless fuel such as anthracite (not wood!)
How do you want to heat the room?
- radiant stoves radiate heat through the glass and stove body which provides a focal point to curl up to. Often installed within a chimney breast or inglenook
- convection stoves have an outer shell, additional side panel which clads the combustion chamber and as a result the heat is transferred to the air caught within this outer shell and then is distributed around the room. These are often good in open plan spaces as the sides don’t get so hot.
My advice would be to get a survey done by the supplier
- to ensure you get the right model for you
- that the model is the right size to heat the room
- to check ventilation levels
- to check chimneys and flues
- to have them properly installed…
As you can imagine, the costs can start to add up when you decide on installing a log burning stove and sometimes they are not a viable option.
I really wanted a ‘real’ log burner but for a mix of the above reasons we decided to opt for an electric one. Yes, of course it’s not a wonderful as the ‘real’ thing but actually after much research, I found a really good looking electric option and there are advantages!
- it’s cheaper to buy
- no installation costs – you install it yourself (unpack it out of the box and plug it in!!)
- it’s very clean…no mess to clear up
- easy to move if necessary
- you can add false flues etc to make it look authentic!
I hope you all have a great weekend and keep warm! :)