How to buy a wood-burning stove

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    Fuel types

    Logs

    Kiln-dried logs at 20 to 25 per cent humidity are ready to use and cost around £75 for a cubic metre (expect to use four to five cubic metres a year). Hardwoods such as oak and birch have twice the calorific (heat) value of softwoods, so need less storage space.

    Wood pellets

    Some stoves burn wood pellets, which are made from timber by-products. These are automatically fed into the stove by a hopper, which can hold two to three days’-worth of fuel. Wood pellets are more expensive than logs, but they are a dense heat source with a higher calorific value.

    Coal and smokeless fuel

    The advantages of stoves that burn smokeless fuel or coal is that the fire lasts longer, so they are more suitable for overnight use. They are practical if you are running a boiler stove, as you don’t need to re-fuel as often, but are not as environmentally-friendly as wood.

    Oil, gas and electricity

    If a wood burner doesn’t suit, you can buy stoves that burn oil, mains gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). These provide flame and heat instantly, but are not as efficient or eco-friendly because wood and fuel prices can be an issue

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