Burning Logs and Wood
Burning logs and wood is great way to heat your home to do this you would need a stove to burn your fuel. Log Burners come in a range of types and sizes, they are usually made of cast iron, but can also be me made of heavy gauge steel.
The first thing to do when considering burning logs is to consult with a qualified HETAS engineer as he will be able to advise you on the size of log burner you need to heat the space you are going to install it in. They will also be able to give you an installation quotation if you don’t want to do it yourself. Personally, I would advise you to have a qualified professional do the work for you, but in the end it’s your choice.
Log burners are known by a variety of names: wood burner, wood stove etc, but they all refer to the same thing, a burner that burns your logs in a highly efficient and safe manner and providing plenty of heat into your room.
Most log burners have a glass window at the front so you can see the flames as your logs burn, many have an air wash system which is designed to keep the glass window clean, although this will need cleaning on a regular basis.
Log burning stoves also have a couple of controls on them to control the burn rate of your logs, which is how you control the temperature of your room, aside from opening a window that is!
As they are made out of cast iron or steel, log burners are very heavy items so you should ensure you have a good strong base to stand it on, many people use a slab of stone or slate as a base which is also very pleasing to the eye.
You will often see “multi fuel” in a log burner’s description, this means that you can burn solid fuels and wood in the same stove, either individually or at the same time. If you only want to burn logs, then try to go for a wood only stove as it won’t come with a grate. The bottom of the stove will be flat so you burn on top of the ash which all helps to efficiently burn logs.
There is nothing quite as cosy as sitting in front of your log burner on a cold winter’s night, watching the flames dancing around and warming you through.