Rising fuel costs and the green living movement have triggered a lot of interest in woodburners amongst people who have never had one before. While I know a wood burning stove is a great choice for many people, it isn’t right for everyone. It’s easy for stove shoppers to get caught up in working out how to choose the right woodburner, but you really need to begin by answering the question of whether a wood burning stove is right for you.
Let’s face it- a stove has to fit in with your lifestyle as well as your decor. You can always get the look of a woodburner with a gas stove or electric stove, but living with a woodburning stove requires more hands-on involvement with heating your home. For some people that’s part of the attraction, but for others it is more of a turn off. You really need to get a sense of what is involved before committing to buying your first wood burning stove.
Back in October I mentioned that Hayley Jones of uk-energy-saving.com had started an online diary recounting her experiences with a newly installed Morso Squirrel stove. Over the last few months she has given a warts-and-all account of getting used to her first woodburner. If you want an insight into life with a wood burning stove this diary is a great place to start.