Christmas is rapidly approaching. Amid the many winter warmers we will all no doubt be indulging in, this is also the perfect time of year for the ultimate winter warmer: a wood-burning stove.
In fact, a woodburner is a fantastic Christmas gift idea. Here are some of the reasons why it makes sense to treat someone (or even yourself) to a wood-burning stove for the festive period.
1. Gift for all the family
A woodburner is essentially a gift for the entire household. Sure, some members of the household might be more sold on the idea at the outset but trust us, once it is lit, the whole family will be gathered round to benefit from the warmth.
2. Festive spirit
Christmas is very much about gathering with friends and family for warmth, fun and laughter. With a wood-burning stove, you instantly have a hub for all that festive spirit (and the perfect, cosy atmosphere for it, too). Light your woodburner and just watch everyone huddle round.
3. Optimum time to buy
With the temperature dropping and winter just taking its icy grip, Christmas is the ideal time to install a wood-burning stove. You will get to enjoy its warmth for the rest of the winter and spring. And it will be ready to do the same next Christmas.
4. Low-ho-ho heating bills
Without wishing to coming across all Scrooge-like, Christmas is a time of great expenditure and high heating bills. Getting a wood-burning stove installed for Christmas at least means that you can make savings on your energy costs in the new year by cutting your reliance on central heating.
5. Roasting chestnuts on something better than an open fire
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire was one of the things Nat King Cole liked about Christmas. Unfortunately, Nat was letting a lot of heat disappear straight up his chimney. Woodburners can be up to 80% efficient, losing just 20% of the heat the fuel could potentially generate, whereas an open fireplace has approximately 30% efficiency, meaning that a huge 70% of the energy is being lost.
You could also choose a stove with a hotplate or two, such as this Mazona Ashley appliance, and roast chestnuts more easily, too.