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One of our biggest goals as homeowners is to install a wood burning stove. Our current house isn’t suitable for a wood burner, but should we ever manage to sell our house then one of the first things we’re going to do when we move is install a wood burner.
There are heaps of benefits to be had from installing a woodburning stove: they are fairly energy efficient; they are greener than using fossil fuels provided your wood comes from a sustainably managed supply; and you can benefit from lower heating costs. While savings when converting from gas to wood can be low (the Energy Saving Trust estimate you’d save £25 – £80), the real savings mount up when you switch from LPG to wood (savings of up to £1435 a year) or electric storage heaters (savings of up to £650). I’m also attracted to the reliability of supply . Power cut? No problem – you’ve still got heat.
My partner is obsessed with reading about homemade wood burning stoves. Here are some we’ve found around the internet:
I love the rustic look of this handmade woodburner and combined pizza oven (!), found on the Natural Building Blog.
We found this little handmade stove on the forums of the Bushcraft UK website.
This crazy looking woodburner has been made from a decommissioned naval mine. I don’t know if snuggling up beside a mine has quite the same appeal though, what do you think?!
Cheating a little as this Darth Vader stove is an outdoor woodburning stove: definitely one for Star Wars fans!
To be perfectly honest though, I’m incredibly wary about the idea of a homemade wood burning stove, and I couldn’t recommend a homemade stove for indoor use to anyone. There are so many things that could do terribly wrong. Carbon monoxide poisoning for a start, to the risk of fire from an incorrectly fitted flue. I’d much much much rather leave things like this to professionals. For example, Bury St Edmunds based Opulence Stoves have a really nice range of quality made wood burners, from traditional stoves to more contemporary stoves, and their HETAS qualified installers can professionally install your stove for you, without fear.