Woodburners - does anybody not love theirs?

(46 Posts)
rubyrubyruby Sat 15-Jun-13 21:48:54

We are getting one and everyone seems to love them.

Are they really that great?

rubyrubyruby Sat 15-Jun-13 22:03:24

Does the lack of response mean everybody does love theirs?

barebranches Sat 15-Jun-13 22:20:17

my parents have one but luckily i have 2 burly teenage brothers to chop wood for them....

steppemum Netherlands Sat 15-Jun-13 22:21:51

we want one too, so watching with interest

ours is for additional heating/fun, we have GCH as well

Jellykat Sat 15-Jun-13 22:23:01

Love mine!

EeyoreIsh Sat 15-Jun-13 22:26:32

We're thinking of buying one so watching with interest....

MrsJohnDeere Sat 15-Jun-13 22:28:10

We used to have one and now don't. One of the key things in our next house will be having a wood burner or a suitable place to put one. Can't beat them!

Jellykat Sat 15-Jun-13 22:28:50

What do you want to know?

Chanatan Sat 15-Jun-13 22:33:21

Love mine,even enjoy chopping wood for it.

rubyrubyruby Sat 15-Jun-13 22:35:11

I'm not sure what I want to know really!

I'm just looking forward to having one and hope it lives up to my expectations.

Is there anything I should know or be aware of?
They're not 'smoky' are they? DM is convinced the whole house will smell like a bonfire.

Chanatan Sat 15-Jun-13 22:40:12

First night we lit ours,it set off all our hard wired smoke alarms,wondered if we had made a hugely expensive mistake,but it was the newness burning off,no smokiness at all here,just lovely warm heat.

rubyrubyruby Sat 15-Jun-13 22:42:33


NewLifeDownSouth Sat 15-Jun-13 22:49:20

We want one as well when we move at the end of the summer. MIL is also convinced it'll smoke the house out, so watching with interest...

Jellykat Sat 15-Jun-13 22:50:26

Well i've just had my oil fired Stanley range taken out and a woodburner put in (already had one in the sitting room).

Woodburners are cheaper to run imo, and the new one heats a tankfull of water in 30 mins, also have 5 radiators that are heated once the water gets to correct temp.
Never ever had any smoke filling problems.
My other woodburner has a huge walk in slate surround that was here when we moved, i realised the slate was sucking up the heat, so i now have an 'Ecofan' on top of the Woodburner which is amazing at pushing the heat into the room.

Blistory Sat 15-Jun-13 22:52:26

Love mine. Nothing like it on a miserable rainy day. They don't make the house smell and are so easy to control compared to an open fire. Saves me having to run the central heating all the time.

Jellykat Sat 15-Jun-13 22:52:30

Never ever had smoke in the house even in gale force winds..

willowstar Sat 15-Jun-13 22:56:46

Love mine...we live in old house and have little cash. Ran out of oil in January...our wood burner saved us. We have access to free wood...just love our wood burner.

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 15-Jun-13 22:59:51

love ours too. We have had wood burners for the last 15 years and they are miles better than an open fire.

lazydog Sun 16-Jun-13 06:36:24

Couldn't cope without ours. Where we live we get bitterly cold winters and have lots of free wood (dead-standing) so if we actually had to pay for all our heating (we have forced air, too, and I hate it!) we'd be even more penniless than we already are smile

rubyrubyruby Sun 16-Jun-13 09:37:15

Great - so everyone does love them smile

Just need to source a log supplier now so will ask friends locally.

rubyrubyruby Sun 16-Jun-13 09:43:54

Although. As excited as I am, I really hope we have a lovely Indiam Summer and I won't need to use it for ages

specialsubject Sun 16-Jun-13 10:45:40

there's nothing like a real fire, wonderful. Our house did smell a bit smoky to start with but now we've got the hang of it, it doesn't.

also extra potential to warm you up by chopping and carrying the wood, and doing the extra housework engendered - it does produce some dust.

flow4 Sun 16-Jun-13 11:08:18

Their fitting is crucial. Get someone experienced to do it, and make sure your chimney is swept and clear first, of course. Once upon a time I had a big, old wood-burning Raeburn that was poorly fitted (a DIY job by the previous owner) and a bit of a nightmare...

I don't miss the smoke that used to fill the kitchen every time we opened it, but I do miss the cosiness. Personally, I don't think it's possible to sit down by a stove and feel miserable for longer than 5 minutes!

The house I am now trying to buy has two. smile

we get ours fit in two weeks - i am well excited and have had loads of fun already sourcing wood from already fallen branches on our walks smile

AnnaFiveTowns Mon 17-Jun-13 23:09:49

Love mine. The house is miserable when it's not lit.

Ragusa Mon 17-Jun-13 23:20:49

Love mine too. Cost same as an expensive family holiday but worth every penny. Have fun with yours, OP.

Jaynebxl Tue 18-Jun-13 06:58:19

We're moving into a house with one. Can someone tell me about the wood? Do you have to order it in or can you just use wood you find on a walk?! Probably a really dumb question but I have no idea, having never paid them any attention before.

flow4 Tue 18-Jun-13 07:09:16

You can burn any wood Jayne, BUT...

'Found' wood will often be damp, and won't burn well. You will almost certainly need to dry it out first: stacking/storing it by the fire-place for a day or two will do it nicely. smile Unless you live by a forest, you are unlikely to be able to gather enough for all your needs.

Bought wood comes in different qualities. Cured/dried hardwood burns best and is most efficient. Softwood burns too quickly; uncured/green wood spits and does not burn well at all. Sometimes you can tell wood quality by eye, but not always, ime. If I were you, I'd buy wood from a few different sources and try to notice how it burns, before you settle on a regular supplier.

Jaynebxl Tue 18-Jun-13 07:53:51

Excellent thanks for the tips Flow.

we have collected a load on our walks and dh is about to build his third wood store - they are only made of pallet size though and then he has split it to dry out and having purchased a moisture meter of ebay he has put all ones twenty and under in the to burn this winter pile and the rest is in the lets re measure at end of summer pile. anal eh!grin

LifeofPo Tue 18-Jun-13 08:04:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GooseyLoosey Tue 18-Jun-13 08:11:44

Love ours too. We tend to pick up all of our kindling on walks and the dry it out for a few weeks. Kids love collecting in.

Top tip for cleaning the class - just dab some scrunched up newspaper in water and then in the ash inside the woodburner and polish the glass with it. Comes up a treat and no need to get the special (and expensive) glass cleaner.

MrsPennyapple Tue 18-Jun-13 08:14:36

Another woodburner fan here. Have cooked eggs in a frying pan on the top during a power cut before. We rarely use our central heating as the burner takes the chill off the rest of the house as well. It does generate dust though from when you sweep the ashes out.

TheFallenNinja Tue 18-Jun-13 08:41:29

I do love mine, in a sibling love kind of way, rather than a romantic way.

It's healthy.

ExcuseTypos Tue 18-Jun-13 08:50:22

Love ours and wouldn't be without one. As we are in a thatch we had to consult our insurers before fitting one. They gave us a short list of things we HAD to do. The main one being to get a qualified person to fit it, it should also always have a liner fitted in the chimney.

It's really not worth saving a few hundred pounds because a wrongly fitted wood burner can cause a very serious house fire.

Our old next door neighbours did everything on the cheap. They moved out last year and a couple with a new baby moved in. About 3 months ago their chimney coughs fire. It was an extremely scary thing to happen in the middle of the night. The fireman disconnected the wood burner and said it was very badly fitted(no surprise there) and the couple should not use it. PLEASE get it fitted properly (rant over)

Bumbez Tue 18-Jun-13 11:09:34

We're about to get one, I have a man coming to quote next week and can't wait smile

i have a small kettle i was going to sit on top of mine to boil my crew water but worry it might stain confused

Rockdoctor Tue 18-Jun-13 12:20:42

I like mine, but.......

Living in an old, listed building we need to use two all day every day during the winter (alternative would be running oil fired central heating). There does come a point when I get sick of cleaning them, fetching wood in from the wood store, making the fire, adding wood to the fire, etc. etc.
It does start to feel like a bit of a chore after a few months...

WillSantaComeAgain Tue 18-Jun-13 12:29:07

Sorry to be a party pooper, but taking wood when you're out walking is theft. Belongs to the landowner - even publically owned woods its not yours to take!

Also, as others have said, you need properly seasoned wood - that means 18months - 2.5 years. (Wood should be felled in the spring, and that wood is not ready for burning till the following spring). You need to find a reputable log supplier - unscrupulous ones will sell you green wood or softwood.

If you're getting a new one fitted, its worth getting a multi-fuel stove so that you can burn coal. This winter was so long and last summer so damp, that you could not buy genuinely seasoned logs, so useful to be able to burn coal in emergencies.

LifeofPo Tue 18-Jun-13 12:52:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

leesmum Tue 18-Jun-13 12:55:18

Love mine and am getting excited about it getting colder and darker at night so I can light it x

lifeofpo perhaps we will be cell mates grin , we don't steal Dh is a balif for his fishing club so we walk through and help clear the pathways grin

flow4 Wed 19-Jun-13 18:47:21

The law doesn't actually say much about collecting firewood, funnily enough! It is true that most trees grow on someone's land, and such trees belong to someone, and so does their wood - so taking it would technically be theft. But bearing in mind that taking someone to court costs hundreds or thousands of pounds, you are extremely unlikely to be prosecuted if you are simply collecting fallen wood and not doing any damage.

The exception is Common Land. This is land available for use 'in common' by local people ('commoners') who often do have the right to collect firewood, and to do things like keep goats/sheep/chickens on it! Sadly, there's not much common land left - only 3% of land in England.

rubyrubyruby Wed 19-Jun-13 21:08:41

Thanks for all the info smile

It's already fitted as we are also buying the house that surrounds it. I will investigate would suppliers

flow4 Wed 19-Jun-13 21:10:39

"we are also buying the house that surrounds it" grin

Jaynebxl Wed 19-Jun-13 23:26:27

Nicely put ruby ... Did you get the house for free with the very expensive wood burner?!

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