Your Guide to Wood Burner Fireplaces
Nothing beats a real wood fire on a cold winter’s day. The ambiance and interaction created by the crackle of a burning log, while sipping a hot chocolate (or red wine) is pretty hard to beat!
Wood heaters have been increasing in popularity with the advances in technology making them more efficient and more stylish, with many sleek contemporary designs becoming a major feature in new homes.
Wood heating has been a large part of Australian culture since the early settlers as it offers core heat and maintaining a good level of heating is essential during the winter. Wood burners are generally defined as ‘space heaters’, meaning that they heat a space directly and offer a higher level of out-put than other types of fireplaces. Some wood burner models are purely ‘radiant’ which means they are able to radiate heat out at a steady rate. Others can utilise a fan to push the heat out faster. Which option to choose is dependent your homes requirements.
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The Advantages of a Wood Burner Fireplace:
In a nutshell the biggest advantages of a wood burner is the heating capacity, the overall ambiance they create and the extensive range that is available.
• Range - There is a huge choice in design and heat output. Single sided, double or triple sided, modern, statement, compact, cast iron, steel, there’s something for every application and design brief.
• Heating Capacity - All wood fires heat well. They have the ability to heat 80-400+sqm and use a sustainable fuel source. If you use good, dried timber, you will have a nice, efficient fire.
• Ambiance - Firewood is a beautiful natural element to have on display in the home that has a beautiful scent and there many creative ways to display it. Firewood can be tightly stacked in recessed wall niches beside the fireplace or kept in storage baskets or holders.
• Environmental Impact – Timber is a renewable resource.
• Australian Standard Compliance - All fires manufactured and distributed in Australia must conform to the new emissions and efficiency standards, which is fantastic – it means that people can be confident that the unit they buy is more efficient, and better for the environment than ever before, which, of course, is very important.
Things to Consider:
• Running Costs - are tricky to calculate but the average tonne of wood retails for approximately $380 – the more you can buy in bulk and store the better. If the heater is maintained, used efficiently and of a good quality, it can last around 20-30 years.
• When purchasing firewood, check if the seller obtains their wood from registered firewood cutters.
• Don’t burn green wood and only burn dried hardwood as this will cut down on the amount of smoke produced.
• Wood is a bulky fuel, which impacts on its transport and storage.
• Wood needs to be stored in a dry place and shouldn’t be stored against the house, as it can become a fire hazard and a home for rodents and termites
• Wood can create mess both before and after burning.
• Your flue or chimney will need to be regularly cleaned (so that it works efficiently and doesn’t become a fire hazard).
• Wood needs to be seasoned, which takes time. Burning unseasoned wood is not only less efficient, it can result in a build-up of creosote in the flue or chimney, which could catch alight.
• Be sure to consult a professional, as they’ll be able to advise you on the best kind of wood burner to suit your home.
Nothing beats the visual impact of natural timber.
A wood burning fireplace also offers an opportunity to get creative with firewood storage. There are many striking storage options available that are both artful and functional.
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If you would like to learn about other types of fireplaces please visit Gas Fireplaces.
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