Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: The Rise of Wood Burning Stoves

Did you know that wood burning stoves radiate five times as much heat as an average open fire? This means that by having one you will be reducing your carbon footprint in many different ways.

How? Well, to begin with, as long as you are burning dry, seasoned hardwood, you will already be creating 14% less carbon monoxide than an open fire. Using drier wood also means that you’ll need to use less logs, thus reducing the amount of labour and transport required to deliver those logs to your door.

Current estimates suggest that wood burning stoves could account for 10% of the government’s carbon reduction targets by 2020. It is also estimated that a greater use of wood burning stoves could help to reduce the UK carbon emissions by 2 million tonnes a year. This is based on their predicted higher sales and a sharp rise in other fuels such as gas and electric.

Did you also know that high quality wood emits less CO2 when burned than when it decays naturally?

It is little wonder, then, that average yearly UK sales of wood burning stoves have exceeded 175,000!