Wood-burning stoves increasing in popularity

By Robin Whitlock on July 17th, 2012

There has been a surge in the numbers of wood burning stoves sold across the country since the beginning of the year with sales figures increasing month by month with no sign of decline. Wood burners are becoming increasingly fashionable, but they are highly sustainable too.

Installing a wood burner is one of the most popular options when it comes to selling a house as there is a bit of a fashion trend for wood burners at the moment. Not only that, but they are iconic features of a modern home to many younger homebuyers and this has helped to increase sales. The biggest reason for their popularity though is undoubtedly their efficiency, particularly with the ongoing rise in oil, gas and electricity prices. This has meant that people generally are looking for alternative ways in which to heat their houses and a multi-fuel stove or wood burner is a perfect solution as a popular form of renewable energy.

Wood burners cost considerably less to run per year, even though more maintenance is required. They also look ‘homely’ and benefit the environment by reducing domestic carbon emissions.

A hidden, and most welcome, side effect is the growth in the market for chimney sweeps with over 450 currently registered with the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS). The number looks set to increase as the numbers of wood burners sold across the country continues to increase.

“It’s great news for us and the NACS as they’re a great association that have been going for over 30 years” said Scott Morris, Marketing Manager at Woodburning-Stoves. “Hopefully people realise the benefits and just how iconic a stove can be when installed correctly; as long as it’s maintained it will operate far more efficiently than the average household heating system which in these tough financial times will prove extremely beneficial.”

Chimney sweeps these days tend to be wood burner installers as well as specialists in chimney and flue cleaning. The NACS is currently offering training at £1000 per course in order to ensure the next generation of chimney sweeps are properly trained. Chimneys have to be regularly swept and cleaned in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires and soot can also be carcinogenic and that means that sweeps are often armed with CCTV cameras, smoke monitoring systems and other specialist equipment.

Prices for wood burning stoves can vary dramatically from several hundred pounds to a couple of thousand. They are also eligible for payments under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) particularly if they are supplied in the form of domestic biomass boilers.

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