Many people across the UK have decided to get on board with installing a wood burning stove in their household. Whether it’s for reasons of cost cutting, comfort, or design, wood burning stoves offer so much that boilers quite simply don’t – and more and more people across the world are choosing to become independent from big energy companies, rising annual fuel bills, and of course energy company profits by choosing a wood burning stove for their heating needs.

But what do you know about choosing a wood burning stove? We’ve got together with experts to devise a small snag list of wood burning stove FAQs to help inform and guide you along the way.

How much space do I need to use a wood burning stove?

Generally speaking, you’ll need 1kW of heat output on your wood burning stove for every 14 cubic metres of space. Effectively, this will made all areas of your room a certain temperature when it’s colder outside, without any worries about other areas of the room being colder.

Is Wood Really Cheaper Than Gas or Electricity?

As of 2017, absolutely. Gas and Electricity bills are, for many people, out of control, and even if you buy treated timber which is pre-chopped and predried, you’ll still make a saving compared to conventional boiler usage.

Of course, there’s ways to make it even cheaper. Should you dry your own wood, it can be intensive on time and space (wood takes typically about a year to dry out to be perfect for burning) and of course storing your wood does require a specially allocated area – but you’ll save some very real money when it comes to buying your fuel.

Even better, if you scavenge your own wood, it’ll be completely free!

What is carbon neutral?

Absolutely all of us has heard of climate change at this point. In a nutshell, The world is heating up due to human activity, the most notorious of all of it being carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide tends to linger in the air in the space between the atmosphere beginning and the earth, and as the sun shines on the earth, it is heated.

Carbon dioxide and monoxide retains heat wonderfully, and means that essentially, this means that with it in the atmosphere, the world is being microwaved. Those thinking “at least winters won’t be as bad” don’t quite understand the bigger picture that as icecaps melt, the global tide rises, and at the rate we’re going, most of the world will be submerged in 200 years.

Wood is classed as a carbon neutral fuel, because trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. When wood is burned (or likewise, when it rots) wood only emits the same amount of carbon dioxide it has absorbed as a tree, which means far less harmful emissions to the environment.