Winter is coming, and there is no better time to invest in a good heating stove. Improvements in technology and design make stoves easy to use now more than ever before. However, when choosing one for your home, you must think about cost, efficiency and convenience. To help you make a more informed decision, here is a detailed comparison between gas and wood stoves.
Wood burning stoves
These are the most popular stoves in the market. They have been used for centuries, and have come a long way in terms of efficiency and eco-friendliness.
Low running costs
The most obvious advantage of a wood stove is that it is cheaper to use. Depending on the model you pick, you can use either traditional log burners or wood pellets.
Nothing beats the crackles of a wood-burning fire on a cold winter night. Wood burning stoves are a great focal point in your sitting room, and they help add a warm and cosy feel.
Wood burning stoves need to be cleaned regularly because of all the grime and smoke. You must also clean the chimney every so often to avoid soot build-up.
Takes longer to light
Chopping wood and lighting a fire can be time-consuming.
These stoves use liquid propane or liquid gas. They are slowly gaining popularity and are available in various styles.
Easy to use
With a simple push of a button, you can warm your house in a matter of minutes.
Easy to install
Gas stoves have lower clearance compared to wood stoves. You do not need to install a hearth pad, and you can also choose whether to vent up or sideways.
The best part about using a gas stove is that you can regulate the amount of heat you want. It is also easier to switch off when you no longer need the heat.
A gas leak can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. You must install a carbon monoxide detector for precautionary measures.
Gas stoves must be serviced once a year by a certified engineer.
Professional installation costs
Although gas stoves have lower clearance, they can only be installed by a certified gas safe engineer.
For more information on these stoves, contact Town and Country Fires, and talk to an expert.