Designed for cold winters, cast iron wood burning stoves are a visual statement in our homes as well as an alternative form of heating, cooking and hot water – what with the lingering cold weather. When considering this addition to your home it is important to take into account some aspects and features:
- Useful in case of emergency.
For many of us, with the arrival of snow and ice, power failures become a risk and the immediate casualty is that a wood burning stove represents an invaluable supply. Burning wood fuel and wood-derived biomass fuel could even be lifesaving in the event of a prolonged power outage in isolated rural areas.
- Suitable to any interior style.
Minimal and suitable for a contemporary luxury interior or more traditional for a country cottage, stoves always create a warm and comfortable atmosphere as they are so various in finishes, styles, and sizes, to complement any new design scheme for your home. In our photo collages we have selected few samples with a sophisticated aesthetic – some of them feature natural curves for prestigious appeal.
- Versatile in Living Spaces
As originated in the 18th century, there is a sense of tradition associated with cast iron wood burning stoves and even in a modern domestic landscape they tend to act as a wall feature, or as a central focal point. They can be simply installed in the hearth or suspended to a double height ceiling to emphasis a spacious barn-style lounge; they can stand to separate two areas of a living room or lay at the corner with an open plan kitchen.
- Functional and safe – professionally designed and installed.
Nevertheless, fitting a new wood burner stove in a residential property is a serious technical matter and Approved Document J of The Building Regulations stipulates that any work that affects an existing chimney, or creating a new chimney requires compliance with the regulations. Minimum standards for design, construction and internal alterations apply to new installation of wood burning stoves as well as fireplaces. Hearth sizes and materials, Flue outlet height for different roofing types, positioning ventilation for the stoves, lining of existing chimneys or new masonry chimneys to be constructed, represent some of the relevant aspects to approach by technical design.
- Carbon neutral energy.
Another good point to consider is that wood is a renewable resource, particularly when derived from plantations and cultivated woodland. Sourcing wood locally not only reduces carbon footprint, but also brings economic benefits to local community.