Sometimes people think that a fire is a fire and that woodburners’ are an unnecessary expense. So if you have a fireplace that is bricked up and you are trying to decide between a wood-stove (the expensive option) or an open-fire here are a few things to think about.
- Cheaper to install
- Not guaranteed that the fire will draw well when complete. May need a gathering hood fitting inside the chimney.
- Soot attacks the brickwork, leading to repair work,
- Very prone to differing weather conditions, often goes into reverse sending smoke inside the house.
- Only 15% efficient so burns through fuel about 5 times as fast.
- More storage space needed for fuel and more deliveries
- High emissions causing pollution
Wood or multi-fuel stove
- More expensive to install than an open fire.
- Good draw produced by lining the chimney, which also protects the brickwork.
- Designed to work with door closed so no smoke inside the house.
- Around 70 – 90% efficient so burns through less fuel
- Less storage space needed for fuel and fewer deliveries
- Low emissions causing pollution
Open fires have been around since the dawn of time. Why would log-burners have needed inventing unless they improved the original invention?