To save as much money as possible when buying a woodburner, you will want to make sure you buy an efficient stove. A stove that operates efficiently will require less fuel to run (reducing your fuel costs) and create more warmth with less fuel (reducing your reliance and expenditure on central heating bills).
How do you know if the stove you’re about to buy is an efficient woodburner?
You will find efficiency data on each of the woodburners for sale on Gr8fires.co.uk on the relevant product page. But where do these figures come from and what do they mean?
The efficiency figure, which will be given as a percentage, tells you how much of the fuel you burn on any given appliance will actually be used on heating your room, and how much will be lost during the burning process. So, a stove with efficiency of 80% is losing straight up the chimney 20% of the heat the fuel could potentially give off to warm your home.
An open fireplace has approximately 30% efficiency, meaning that a huge 70% of the energy is being lost.
The measuring process
The stove efficiency measuring process is not perfect. Manufacturers are able to select optimum testing conditions for their appliances. You can find out more about the measuring process and its drawbacks in this article.
While the testing conditions are not consistent, it is a level playing field to the extent that each manufacturer has exactly the same opportunities to beef up their efficiency percentage. Against that backdrop, here are some of the stoves that come out as being most efficient.
GBS Mariner 4 kW Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove – 84.1% efficiency
An attractive modern stove with an affordable price tag, but also very efficient. Learn more.
Another stove boasting sleek, contemporary lines. A beautiful viewing pane has done nothing to harm the efficiency. Learn more.
The sharp lines, large glass viewing pane and 5kW output make this stove similar to the Mazona Newport. Learn more.
Our best-selling stove is sought-after for its timeless design, low price and 6kW heat output… but it’s also very efficient. Learn more.
By choosing one of those stoves, you’re giving yourself the best possible chance of getting an efficient woodburner. But regardless of which appliance you pick, the biggest efficiency savings are made in the way that you operate the stove.