With the ever-increasing popularity of stoves, more and more homeowners are looking to invest in the perfect stove for their home. While options such as multi-fuel and gas stoves still prove popular choices, there’s nothing quite like the smell and company of a wood burning stove flickering away in the background. Sounds great I hear you say! But what are the actual costs involved? We’ve put together some information to help give you an indication of what you can expect to pay.
Cost of the Stove, Things to Consider
With a wide range of designs and outputs, the initial cost of your wood burning stove will vary depending on your needs and room size (the average stove heat output is 5kW). There are some handy online calculators that will help you work out exactly what size you need, but as a guideline, for an efficient high quality stove, expect to pay around £500/600plus for something at lower price point like the Hawk 3, £800plus for a mid-range stove, such as the Consort 5 and £1000plus for a top of the range stove - the Di Lusso Euro R5 is a superb example of this.
As well as heat output you may wish to pay more for features such as a double-sided stove (versatile and an incredible visual feature) or design elements such as larger windows, a log store or the ability to have your stove power radiators and hot water, saving you money in the long run (see the Herald 14).
On average, a straight forward installation which may or may not include lining or re-lining the chimney, you can expect to cost around £1500 (according to the Stove Industry Alliance). Additional costs may need to be added if you’re currently without a chimney (installation of a flue is a great solution) and/or require a new hearth. Again, prices will vary from company to company, but always ensure you are using either a HETAS, APHC, BESCA, NAPIT or NICEIC registered installer.
Going Forward: Fuel, Running Costs and Maintenance
If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of burning wood you needn’t be, wood is considered a renewable (carbon neutral) energy source meaning that the tree would have absorbed roughly the same amount of carbon dioxideas it emits being burned. The quality and efficiency of your fire will depend greatly on what wood you burn and its moisture content; ideally you want wood with under 20% moisture content. For a full rundown of the best wood types please refer to our previous blog posts ‘How to Identify Good Firewood’ and ‘What is the Best Type of Wood to Burn?’.
According to Which?, research revealed that the average sized house uses approx. 3-4 cubic metres of firewood a year. For a cubic metre of standard seasoned logs prices can vary from £50 to £120 depending on location, so it’s always worth looking around. If you enquire, you may even be able to find wood free of charge in your area.
Fire maintenance is important to ensure the longevity of the stove and your safety. Most of the maintenance such as cleaning out the ashpan and checking the firebricks you can do yourself. Though you should aim to have your chimney swept at least once a year if you plan to use it regularly. Costs will wary depending on location and the business but expect to pay between £40-£80.
As you can see, pricing and potential savings are very much dependent on your individual requirements and location. Make sure you spend some time finding the right stove and most importantly, enjoy it.