Whilst the woodburning stove has increased in popularity over recent years, the question remains – is the demand for gas overtaking as the more economical fuel to burn? And do the benefits outweigh the costs?
Typically, a stove is purchased with the intention to heat only one room in the home, but you can heat other parts of the house by attaching it to the central heating system; therefore it is important to take into consideration the size of the stove – your local Broseley retailer can assist in determining the most appropriate size for both the installation space and your personal circumstances.
There is often the assumption that a stove is only needed for the colder months; however the reality is that most homeowners will use their stove all year round, including the warmer seasons. Therefore it is pivotal to ensure that the appliance a customer purchases will not only throw out a substantial heat but also run efficiently at a low temperature.
Depending on your preference of fuel and the kW heat output required, the cost of a stove can vary significantly with most stoves costing anywhere up to £2,000, not including in the cost of installation and extras such as flue pipe and chimney cowl.
HETAS recommends gas stoves require an annual service by a Gas Safe registered engineer; this is likely to cost around £100.
The running cost of your stove will of course vary depending on the personal circumstances of the home life. If we were to assume running times of three hours per day during the week and 6 hours per day over a weekend and multiply this by 24 weeks, we would find that a stove would be used for 648 hours per annum.
To assume that the average stove is a 5kW and runs at maximum capacity then the average home will produce 3,240kWh per year.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average cost of gas if 4.29p/kWh. If we multiply this by 3,240kWh then this suggests the running cost would be £138.99 annually. Therefore choosing a flueless gas stove would save approximately £48.21 per year over burning kiln dried logs and typically this saving would be more for seasoned wood and fresh cut logs.
Taking into account all of the findings a gas stove is certainly a significant cost, in terms of the product, installation and running costs.
However, gas stoves can give the look of a real log fire without the expense, they do not require electricity or a chimney/flue so can be positioned on an internal flat wall and they are generally cleaner and simpler to use.
The full range of Broseley and Evolution stovescan be seen at www.broseleyfires.com