Thursday, 7 November 2019

Heating British Cottages With Firewood This Winter

The clocks have officially gone back, which means winter is finally upon us. While this does mean brisk winter walks, gingerbread lattes and big cosy coats, it does also mean that the temperatures are going to drop a whole lot lower. As the weather gets colder, it's important that you have an effective method of heating in your cottage – something that will keep you feeling warm and comfortable throughout the chilly months ahead. Read on to discover all you need to know about warming your home through an intense open fire during the winter season…

Cottages have a unique and traditional charm about them that modern homes simply can't offer. Open fires look particularly picturesque nestled right in the middle of a traditional cottage living room, helping to enhance that warm and cosy feel and acting as the perfect finishing touch. In fact, a stunning warm and roaring fire is just what every cottage needs. 

Whilst aesthetic appeal is always a positive, it's not the only reason to consider an open fire in your cottage. There are lots of great advantages associated with heating your home this way. Not only is investing in an open fire an extremely effective method of heating, but the warmth that is generated from a fire is something that cannot be replicated by a radiator or even under floor heating. Nothing quite beats the soft glow of an open fire or the relaxing sound of flames flickering.

Adding an open fire to your cottage can also save you a considerable amount of money. It is no secret that energy prices are rising by the day in the UK and during winter, households can often end up facing extortionate bills that they simply cannot afford. There is nothing worse than getting a bill through your door that is far higher than you expected - not to mention with Christmas just around the corner.

Bags of logs are far cheaper when compared with the likes of oil, gas and electricity. If you compare the four based on approximate fuel cost you really see the difference. It costs roughly 16p per kWh for electricity, 9p per kWh for oil, 8p for kWh for gas and a mere 3p per kWh for wood. In addition, when it comes to burning wood, you pay for the bags of logs upfront and you only need an outlay for a fireplace if you don’t have one.

Buddy Loans can assist with this, splitting the cost into manageable monthly amounts. You know exactly how much you are spending and therefore you can manage your costs effectively. When you use other methods, you'll receive a bill in the post monthly or quarterly, which does mean that you could end up with a costly surprise that you weren't prepared for.

Another key benefit associated with burning logs in an open fire is the fact that you will reap the rewards of energy independence and benefit from a heating system that is a lot more reliable. Unfortunately power cuts are not uncommon during the winter months, especially in cottages in secluded locations or even isolated on their own. Since an open fire does not require electricity to operate, you won't need to worry about power cuts and there will be no chance of you sitting in the freezing cold or dark at any point during winter. 

It is also worth pointing out the environmental benefits that are associated with burning bags of logs as opposed to other methods of heating. Wood does not increase the level of carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere because it is carbon neutral - unlike other fossil fuels. This means that carbon dioxide is not emitted when wood is burning. We all know how important it is to do our bit for the planet in the current day and age and by electing to warm your home through the use of an open fire, you can rest assured that you are contributing to a greener environment.

When it comes to buying logs for your open fire, it's important that you always buy seasoned logs. Seasoned logs are essentially dry logs - as opposed to green wood which is fresh and unseasoned. It can actually be very dangerous to burn green wood as the flame is often erratic; it can be difficult to light the wood and, once the fire gets going, the flames can be unpredictable and dangerous. In addition, you'll likely experience a lot of smoke and flammable resins will quickly build up in your chimney.

To work out whether a log is seasoned or unseasoned, you can use a moisture meter. Buying from a reputable shop, however, should mean that you don't have to do this - just make sure that the company has a good reputation and positive feedback beforehand.

The final consideration you need to make is the type of wood you are going to burn. Some woods are great for burning whilst others are poor - and it's important that you get your head around this. Woods that you should avoid include holly, alder, poplar, chestnut, willow, spruce, laburnum and eucalyptus. Woods that are good for burning include yew, thorn, rowan, hawthorn, beech and ash. In fact, ash is considered to be one of the very best woods for burning as it produces a good heat output and a steady flame which is exactly what you want from your open fire.

Make sure you avoid buying firewood simply because it's cheap. A cheap price can indicate unseasoned or unsuitable wood, so it's always best to shop around to find the best deal. And most importantly, grab a blanket and a hot drink, sit back and enjoy your new open fire!

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