Carbon Neutral Energy
Wood burning is better in environmental terms as the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth.
It is also a renewable resource, particularly when derived from plantations and cultivated woodland. When using your wood burning stove, for optimum results, we recommend logs should be seasoned for 2 years or more to achieve a moisture content below 20%. This will not only give up to twice the output of freshly felled timber but help avoid a build up of tar in your stove’s flue.
Furthermore, if you can obtain hardwood logs this is better still, as they will have around twice the calorific value of softwoods.
This is a photograph (right) through the glass of an advanced technology woodburning stove, one that is CE certified and HETAS accredited. Note that the flames are big, lush and semi-transparent, very different from the dark, opaque, ragged flames you would see in an open fireplace.
The small jets and feathery flames at the top of the image are flowing downward from the tiny combustion air holes at the top of the firebox.
Not only do these modern woodburning stoves burn much cleanerand more efficiently than older conventional stoves, but the view of the fire is just spectacular.
By upgrading to a CE certified and HETAS accredited wood burning stove, you can save wood, reduce smoke and enjoy the view all winter long.
Carbon Neutral Benefits
The Forestry Commission have recommended that millions of trees are planted to cover an extra 4% of the UK in woodland, equivalent to 30,000 football pitches a year, increasing the UK’s total woodland cover to 16%.
If you use dry logs from a local source they can be one of the cheapest forms of energy. The cost per kW of useful energy is now around 4p, but wood logs can even be free if you have space to grow your own, something that can’t be said of gas or electricity.