Choosing a woodburner

One of the most important criteria for choosing a woodburner is the heat output of the unit. You must match the woodburner’s heating output ability with the size of the room where the stove will be situated. Also, it is not just the room size that you need to take into consideration, poorly insulated rooms and rooms with lots of windows or doors may also influence the heat output requirement needed of your woodburner.

Measured in (kW) Kilowatts each stove is designed to output heat in different kW levels, so for example smaller rooms may require 2 – 5 kW, medium sized areas 6 – 8 kW and for the larger room 9 – 12 kW.

You should always seek professional advice from a qualified installer or supplier to ascertain the correct output for your situation, it can be unsafe to install woodburners or multifuel stoves that have more heat capacity than required. On the other side of the coin, if you install a stove that is underrated for your room size then you will be burning more fuel just to keep the place warm, this in term means extra cost in terms of fuel purchases and over a period of time excessive wear to your stove.

Another important consideration when purchasing a woodburner should be of the installation of the unit, do not attempt to set it up yourself unless you are fully qualified to do so.

  • You may need to have a flue installed
  • The room’s ventilation must be checked as suitable
  • If you have a chimney it may need remedial maintenance work and sweeping
  • The newly installed woodburner will need to be tested to ensure it operates correctly