There are so many woodburners available, it can be a daunting task to try to find the perfect one for your home.
Fortunately, there are some very simple steps you can take to start to reduce the number of potential options and help to make your decision more straightforward.
Let’s help you to find your ideal woodburner.
What’s the right heat output?
The first step is to limit your search to stoves with an appropriate heat output. There’s no point browsing stoves with 12kW heat outputs to put in a snug space. Equally, a little 4kW stove will be little more than an ornament in a large barn conversion.
So, use our stove size calculator to find the right heat output for your room, then filter your stove search accordingly.
What’s your budget?
The next step that will help to reduce your options is to set your budget. We have previously written about how to stretch your budget to make your ideal woodburner attainable. But if you’ve got a lower or upper limit on the amount you want to spend, that will help to focus your search.
What do you want to burn?
You might want to buy a multi-fuel stove, which would allow you to burn smokeless coals and wood, or you might just want a woodburner. Factor your preferred option into your search.
What’s your taste?
Some people like to have a woodburner that’s aesthetically pleasing to their taste or that matches the decor of their home. From cutting edge contemporary designs to timeless classic, and from sleek modern stoves to traditional appliances that look like they’ve been installed for generations, there are appliances to suit all styles.
LET’S PUT THAT INTO PRACTICE
Let’s suppose you’ve got an normal-sized living room and the stove size calculator has suggest a heat output of 4kW to 6kW. You want a reliable stove but you don’t want to break the bank, ideally spending no more than £450 on the stove itself. You want the option to burn solid fuel, and you favour a stove that’s quite timeless in appearance.
The best woodburner for you: Mazona Rocky 6kW multi-fuel stove
A bargain price tag, a 6kW heat output and a classic stove look: the Rocky ticks all the boxes.
Now, let’s suppose you’ve got a large open-plan room to heat. The stove size calculator estimates you need a 10kW to 12kW heat output. You’ve saved a healthy budget to ensure you can get a stove that’s big enough to heat the room effectively, but also one that makes an eye-catching focal point in the room. It should also be contemporary in appearance. You’re only interesting in burning logs.
The best woodburner for you: Invicta Ove 10 kW Wood Burning Stove
A unique design, a sizeable heat output and well-suited to open-plan spaces: it’s the Ove for you.
Finally, let’s suppose you’ve got a new-build home with fairly compact rooms. You want a woodburner, but you don’t want the heat to be overpowering and you don’t want it to look totally out of place with your modern decor. The stove size calculator suggest a 4kW heat output will be sufficient. Having splashed out to buy a new home, you’re looking to spend as little as possible. You’d prefer a multi-fuel stove.
The best woodburner for you: GBS Mariner 4kW multi-fuel stove
A little stove with a little price tag and clean, contemporary lines: the Mariner 4kW.