Save money with a wood burner

Save money with a wood burnerThe wood burner is finally up and running! We have had it for ages and ages but Mr S fitted it over the summer, then we got someone in to line the chimney.

The benefits of a wood burner

Yesterday evening it was finally cold enough to try it out. We only had a small fire but it was lovely!  I am looking forward to cosying up near the fire as it gets colder. There are other benefits to having a wood burner, of course. Wood as a fuel is carbon neutral and if we buy it locally it will have a smaller environmental footprint than running the gas boiler. No doubt we will run the heating at times as well. I anticipate that the wood burner will warm up the house but I’m not sure it will get to some of the cold rooms at the back.

Save money with a wood burnerI have read that logs purchased locally are also likely to be much cheaper than other forms of heating fuel and that we could save money with a wood burner. We have some free logs that we have gathered from various places. Now we need to start searching for a good source of cheap wood.

Saving money with a wood burner

It will be nice to hang the laundry on the clothes horse near the wood burner. Hopefully it will dry quite quickly. I don’t have a tumble dryer so currently use the radiators and a dehumidifier to help dry the clothes in the winter. Partly because of this, partly because the house is lacking ventilation and partly because we are mean with the heating, we have suffered some mould problems in the past. To counter this, over the last few years we have run the heating more and had the dehumidifier on quite a lot, which can be quite expensive. I think the wood burner will help keep the condensation at bay.

I am hoping the wood burner will save us quite a bit of money overall but we shall see!

Mr S picked up a large plastic garden chest that should be ideal to store our logs outside. This cost him nothing as it was from a house clearance he helped with. We also found a nice wicker log basket at a country fair recently  for a fiver. The wood burner itself was expensive, of course, but hopefully it will pay for itself over time. The next step is to decorate the lounge, which we will be doing over the next few months.

Do you save money with a wood burner? What are the benefits or the drawbacks?

16 thoughts on “Save money with a wood burner

  1. We’ve had a log burner for a number of years and it’s saved us a lot of money. Storm Doris was kind to us and we have all this winters wood for free because of her. You need to store your wood where the air can get to it and dry it, if it’s in an enclosed space it will remain damp and go moldy

  2. We’ve had a wood burning stove for years, and it’s been a long time since we’ve had to buy any wood. We live in a rural area, and neighbours often stop by to let us know they’re having trees cut down and would be happy for my husband to collect the wood – it saves everyone money! The ashes get used to fill low spots in the garden (we have over an acre) or make a welcome dust bath for our chickens. The only real minus (to me) is having to vacuum around the stove area every day when it’s in use.

  3. We were without a woodburner for a year while living in town, it was horrible!

    Sue ( The Cottage at the end of the lane)

  4. I hope you enjoy your woodburner as much as we do. Ours is in our living room and we lit it day before yesterday as the rain had made it really chilly. It was always an aim of ours to have our heating, eating and water warming on as small a cost as possible so we have no heating on between April and October and the Rayburn is lit ready for the colder months and the woodburner when needed as it warms the whole of the downstairs. We are so lucky that our field has plenty of wood supply but we did buy a small amount of coal last year and have created a coal bunker/space near the kindling a woodpile for this year’s delivery which probable won’t be until November. It is seemingly the wrong way round with us regarding our energy bill as it costs us more in the summer because of using the emersion to heat the water. So the woodburner itself does not save us money as such, but it means we can have heat until we are ready to light the Rayburn. I also prove bread on the hearth when the conservatory is too cool and I have cooked a casserole on top of it once! We do have a gas oven and hob that we use in the summer but that is so low cost for the length of time we use it. We are very happy we have achieved a main aim when we moved to Wales as most people find energy bills the biggest outlay. enjoy!

      • I know! Even though the first one we had when we bought the house was blue and an oil run one I loved it, we managed to buy one for the princely sum of £26 from a well know auction site so we could have a wood burning one. Knowing there was one in the house from the start was a real selling point.

  5. We have a wood burner and it is great for all the reasons you mention. Finding cheap wood can be a problem so approach a tree surgeon and see if you can come to an arrangement with them. You have to remember to light them in plenty of time if you want the room to be cosy by the time you are ready to sit down ! Enjoy the flickering flames as the nights draw in.

  6. No wood burner here (sob) but we do have solar panels and one thing we’ve noticed is that the washing machine is just as expensive to run as a dryer!
    However, it still works out cheaper to run both on a cold sunny day (when we an generate electricity to off-set the cost), than it is to run them during the cheaper night tariff!
    So now I don’t feel as guilty about using the dryer! 🙂

  7. We have had a woodburner for 24 years. We moved last year from a very cold and draughty house (tied cottage) – when we installed the woodburner there at our own cost in 1993 it absolutely transformed the house. It had a Rayburn as well, as all the estate properties did, and that ran a radiator in the bathroom. We moved last year back into the smaller more modern house we had lived in from 1981 to 1984 (when we first got married) which had had a Rayburn (and open fire in the living room) when we lived in it before, but that had been removed in favour of an oil fired combi boiler and central heating. Big mistake in my opinion. The estate did put in an inset woodburner for us, which is very good but it does not warm the whole of the downstairs (only two rooms) as I had hoped it would. I have a feeling somehow that warmth would go from the kitchen (if there were still a Rayburn there) to the living room but it doesn’t seem to work the other way round. I miss the Rayburn!

    As to where you can get wood from, we have a son who is a joiner and we regularly get wood from where he works, as they seem to have loads of offcuts going spare – a local farmer has lots from them as well! Of course it’s all well seasoned, so it might be worth asking any local joiners or carpenters if they have any they want to get rid of!

  8. I am sure you have – but the paint around the woodburner on the walls has to be inflammable. Also you have to have wood that has dried out for some time otherwise you get problems. Other than that ours heats the whole of the downstairs . We can also cook on it when we have a power cut.

  9. We love wood burners; it was the first thing we installed when we moved in to our current house.
    We burn a mix of ash, fruit wood and oak. Pine isn’t suitable. Hubbie made a log store outside the back door from pallets and salvaged timber.

    We buy logs from an orchard farmer in North Kent and we have them delivered in August. That way they are properly seasoned ready for winter.

    Ash can be burned green. We have just had an ash tree cut down in our garden so it will last us ages. We have a multi fuel burner so can use a mixture of logs and coalite (home ovals). By partially shutting the vents down, the fire burns slowly and is the most fuel efficient. It makes the logs last twice as long.

    I light it each day at about 4pm. I don’t turn the radiators on yet; the log burner gives enough ambient heat to warm the lounge, hall and kitchen. The back of the house remains unheated though. We put hot water bottles in the beds before getting in and on cold nights we use electric blankets.

    I recommend you buy a temperature gauge and attach it to the flue. We use a Stovax one that I bought on Amazon for about £12. It takes the guess work out of whether you are using it properly. Too hot and it creaks….it literally tells you when it’s too hot!

    Good luck with it….enjoy!

  10. We are all different, thankfully.
    I really, really do not get the log burner thing!.
    Would be my idea of hell!.
    Chopping up logs kindling nope.or even hassle of getting it delivered.
    Having to clean the thing out daily.
    The horrid smokey smell that permeates houses with log burners. Owners say doesn,t but certainly does!.
    Heats a tiny area.
    What am I missing?

    • Quite a lot I’d say!
      Personally I love the smell of burning wood. Have done ever since a child and we used to visit friends who burnt wood on their Rayburn.
      They say wood warms you thrice – once when you chop it (and that keeps you fit too) once when you stack it, once when you burn it.
      You don’t have to clean them out every day. Depending on how much you use it, how big it is and what sort of wood you use it may only be every 3 days or so. You can also use wood pellets (if you don’t want the bother of logs) which give a MINUTE amount of ash.
      They can heat a BIG area, again depending on the size and where they are placed. And if you burn it hot you can heat stuff on the top as well.

      But yes, we are all different………

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