Modern Wood Burners Explained

Modern wood burners are a new take on conventional wood burning stoves used to warm up your house. New designs of modern wood burner are excellent at burning bio fuel (made from wood materials) and wood fuels efficiently. Modern wood burners are usually built from a solid metal fire chamber along with a metal grate and a variable air flow. The modern wood burners are then affixed to a flue system or chimney that draws the combustion gases into the firebox.

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Usually these types of modern burners comprise of a solid metal (generally steel or cast iron) closed fire chamber, a grate and a variable air flow. The modern wood burner is then joined to an appropriate flue or chimney which is then pervaded with searing combustion gases once the wood or bio fuel is alight. The gases in the chimney or flue must be a higher temperature than the surrounding temperature around the chimney; otherwise this can have the effect of drawing the combustion gases from the fire chamber up the chimney or flue.

How They Work

Modern wood burners generate heat by burning the fuel (whether straight wood or bio fuel) inside the solid metal fire chamber. Because the burner needs air to burn the fuel, air is drawn in at a rate controlled by the air flow control. Once the fuel has burnt enough to increase the temperature of the sealed fire chamber to the correct level, then the combustion gases lift into the chimney / flue system to heat the room.

Are They Economical?

Given a reliable fuel supply source (bio fuel or wood) that's affordable; then your modern wood burner will have paid for itself within around three to four years. To save money and energy properly in the home then it must be understood that a modern wood burner is not enough - you should still consider cavity wall insulation or draught-proofing. Too many people believe that because they are using a renewable fuel that what they are using is better by default.

Using a modern wood burner is a great start towards looking for an option that does not impact on the environment. The process of burning wood in a modern wood burner is effectually carbon neutral. When the bio fuel or wood is burnt CO2 is expelled that is then absorbed by new trees. Though it is important to pick the most suitable size of modern burner for your home.

Choosing Correctly

The energy output of a modern wood burner is measured in kilowatts (kW). Searching online you can find many different websites that provide a form to calculate an approximate area/room size to kilowatt (kW) output.

If you are buying a modern wood burner to save money, it is also worth to bear in mind the type of fuel you would burn (whether wood based or bio fuel,) along with insulating your home or property and how the modern wood burner has been constructed.

For a small property a modern wood burner that would output between 5 kilowatts (kW) to 7 kilowatts (kW) of energy would be perfect. For larger properties (such as barns) then it may be worth considering a modern wood burner that would output between 7 kilowatts (kW) and 12 kilowatts (kW).

What They Are Made Of

Modern wood burners are commonly built using high-quality steel with a vermiculite inner coating. Vermiculite expands when heat is applied to it. This expansion process is called exfoliation. Furthermore because the wood burners are built with stainless steel then they are built for the longterm. Stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as quickly as normal steel at all. A true modern wood burner manufacturer understands that a stove is a long term investment and the build quality should reflect that.