Blueberry Woods

Heating with wood

At Stovecraft we are passionate about heating with wood and believe it has an important role to play in helping to reduce our carbon emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels, thus reducing our impact on the planet.

Heating with wood

The main advantages of wood over other fuels for heating

Wood is carbon neutral, meaning that the amount of Carbon Dioxide released when the wood is burnt is equal to that which the tree absorbed when it was growing. That same amount of CO2 would get released back in to the atmosphere if the wood was left to rot. So burning wood does not actually produce any more carbon than if it isn’t burnt. The same is not true for fossil fuels. The carbon contained in gas, oil and coal was fixed millions of years ago and releasing it now by burning them increases the overall quantity of carbon in the atmosphere and thus increases climate change.
Wood can be a sustainable and renewable fuel. When managed properly, a woodland can produce firewood in a sustainable and renewable way. If new trees are planted as old ones die or are harvested, production can be maintained. In fact, the growing demand for wood as a fuel encourages the sustainable use of woodlands. Increasing the financial worth of a woodland increases its chances of survival and growth. And as woodlands are encouraged and grow, so does the biodiversity of our countryside.
Having a wood-burner gives you a certain amount of energy independence from markets and corporations. Oil and gas are finite resources controlled by huge corporations and monopolies who have the control over their supply. The 2009 Russia-Ukraine gas dispute resulted in the gas supply to South-eastern Europe being completely shut off for 13 days. In January! It affected 17 countries with Slovakia declaring a state of emergency.

Having a wood burning stove also provides energy resilience. Power cuts are becoming more frequent, especially in rural areas. Since gas boilers need electricity to work, winter power cuts can be bad news. A wood stove allows you to have at least one warm room and it can heat food and boil a kettle. The snow and wind at the end of March this year (2013) left 40,000 homes in Northern Ireland without power for at least a day. Fortunately many Irish houses have stoves and fires.

There are financial advantages to heating with wood, too. Every winter the UK’s big energy suppliers announce price increases. The price of gas has nearly doubled in the last six years and in 2012 the average standard gas bill in England & Wales increased by £90 compared to 2011. Firewood, whilst not free unless you go out and collect it yourself, is very competitively priced.
But at the end of the day wood stoves are just plain lovely! They become the focal point of the room and there is nothing quite as cosy as snuggling up at home in front of a flickering fire, feeling its comforting warmth and listening to its soothing crackle.