Choosing our wood burning stove

September 21, 2016

We’ve made some pretty big changes since we moved in to our cottage, but the biggest has already been briefly touched on in our lounge reveal.

Our wood burning stove has to be my absolute favourite change, it has absolutely transformed our lounge and we haven’t regretted a single decision we made.

I’d originally envisioned a smaller opening, with the mantle above, so it came as a bit of a surprise coming home to a gaping hole easily double the size I’d imagined….

instagram fire update

Knocking through the fitters discovered the original fire opening, which would have been the hub of the home for the original family living in the cottage, providing both their heating and means of cooking.

Rather than closing the gap a little we decided to remain faithful to original features of the cottage, and we’re so glad we did. A larger opening has made the room seem bigger, despite there not being any extra floor space.

Having a wood burning stove installed was quite an undertaking, and here in brief are a few decisions we made in the process…

1) The size of the stove

This should be tailored to the size of your room, ensuring your stove has enough power to heat your space.

We picked a larger model, and it fills the space nicely. A smaller stove would have looked a little lost, so make sure you have a clear idea of your measurements before you make your choice.

2) The hearth

We decided to opt for a dark slate, which has proved easy to maintain and keep looking good as new.

As well as deciding on the material we needed to pinpoint what the exact depth of the hearth should be. Legal guidelines require that a wood burning fireplace should have a minimum horizontal hearth extension of 16 inches, but we decided to expand on that a bit.

The previous owner had shaped the flooring around their fireplace, and extending the hearth a little meant that we didn’t have to re-do the flooring to cover any gaps.

3) The Mantle

These specifications largely depend on whether or not you want a mantle for display purposes only, or whether you want to style and decorate it.

Obviously we opted for the latter (Who wouldn’t!) and we picked a wider mantle to accommodate candles, wall-art and cards.

4) The Fuel

Rather than a dedicated wood burning stove we opted for a multi-fuel burner, mainly for a convenience and because we preferred the aesthetics of a particular range on offer. We really liked the Fireline range, a really good halfway point between modern and traditional style.

5) The ongoing costs

The cost of logs and kindling can quickly stack up so we’re taking a couple of measures to ensure we’re not paying over the odds.

We’ve placed a Firemizer in the base of our stove, optimising the performance of our stove.

Adding in a Firemizer decreases the burn rate and spreads heat evenly across your fire, making sure all of the fuel is burnt thoroughly.

firemizer review

Promising to reduce fuel usage by up to 33%, the Firemizer ensures we make the most of the fuel we use, saving us money. Costing just £19.99 and lasting up to 500 burning hours, we’re making a significant saving by making the most of the fuel we’ve already bought.

With winter on the way we’ll be using our fire more regularly, so to ensure we’re well stocked we’ve found a supplier who will send us a pallet of wood.

Easily stored safe and dry in our shed, by buying in bulk we’ll save money across the season, with a pallet hopefully seeing us through to Spring.

As mentioned we love our log burner, and while it has been the biggest cost so far it has certainly been the most worthwhile….

Before and after lounge fireplace

It’s the change that has made our cottage feel completely ours, and I’m not sure the previous owner would even recognise their old lounge now!