The social benefits for a family that gathers around a wood burning stove.
A wood burning stove is not just a popular choice because of the economic and environmental benefits. Installing a stove can enhance your family life in all kinds of unexpected ways. Here are just a few of them.
- The heart of the home
Is there anything more welcoming on a cold winter night than the warm crackle of a real fire? Having a stove creates a focal point in the family home that draws everyone together in a cosy, relaxing atmosphere. This creates a warm, social space, perfect for chatting or playing family games with younger children.
- Collecting firewood
There is nothing children like more than an adventure! Why not wrap up warm and turn the family walk into a game to see who can collect sticks for the fire? Even if you only end up with a handful, the children will enjoy the family activity. And coming home to a roaring fire can be the best thing about going outdoors!
- Environmental awareness
Older children will benefit from learning about the different ways to save energy and reduce the family’s carbon footprint. Environmental issues are increasingly becoming part of the social consciousness and daily routine. Your children may already have their own opinions on how to have a green family life!
- Clean and easy to maintain
Many people find wood burning stoves require less cleaning and maintenance than open fires, leaving more quality family time for the activities you enjoy. In most models, the wood burns more efficiently on a bed of ash so it is not necessary to empty the tray every day. Advances in technology now mean the glass often has self-cleaning airwash, leaving the family with a great view of the hypnotic flames without the hassle of cleaning. Furthermore, the stove door ensures the room will not have the smoky, dusty atmosphere that often results from an open fire, protecting the health of your family.
Of course, most families are attracted to the addition of a wood burning stove for the money they can save by reducing fuel bills. Easing the financial burden of monthly heating costs may free up money that can be spent on daytrips or saving for a summer holiday. What a great way for the family to feel the benefits of the wood burning stove all year round!
Gr8Fires 2017-12-04 11:11:24
@ Beth Hudson Thanks, Beth. We appreciate that.
Beth Hudson 2017-12-03 09:29:59
Just wanted to say thank you for the variety of tips via email. I have had my stove in for 1 year
and enjoy lighting it and the lovely welcoming, cosy warmth it gives. Not too keen on the cleaning
but with a stove vac this is so much easier and cleaner and one soon finds the best way of keeping
the glass clean (It is best to do this after each use) Yes ,it does take time to clean and keep in
pristine condition and having the logs, ( they rarely come in the exact sizes and shapes portrayed
in the photos) can seem less tidy than I would like, but the benefits really do outweigh the
negatives. I am not sure how long it really takes to recoup the fitting costs, but as with any
household item, one has to put that to one side and focus on the pleasure this feature adds to a
home. Thank again for the useful tips.
Gr8Fires 2016-12-05 12:29:49
@ Chris Frain Hi Chris It's likely to be 4 kW, but use our calculator to double-check with room
height included, too: https://www.gr8fires.co.uk/calculator Thanks, Gr8Fires
Chris frain 2016-12-03 11:59:38
I already have a wood and coal fire but was thinking of getting a new one after xmas, my room is a
5ftx5ft what heat wattage will I need .this one I have is warm but I need it warmed