Nothing beats the warmth and cosiness of a real flame fire. It becomes the hub of the home, the focal point for any family, and a feature that more often than not seals the deal for homebuyers.
With the rising cost of fuel and even the possibility of a fuel shortage, many people are opting for an independent secondary fuel source with wood or multi fuel. Choosing a stove, an open front convector or a glass fronted fire in conjunction with a Schiedel Chimney System provides the perfect solution.
When selecting a secondary heating appliance under the new Document L it is important to evaluate the carbon output of the appliance.
You can do this by examining a combination of
The graph below illustrates the combined effect of the fuel and the appliance efficiency in carbon savings when compared to an electric fire.
The open fire can be used under Document L. The low carbon emissions produced when wood burns mean that an open fire set up to burn wood only will give a small carbon saving against an electric fire.
The open front convector gives the feel of an open fire, but achieves its higher efficiency by heating air in the gap between its two skins and returning it to the room, thus adding convection to the radiant heat of an open fire.
Glass fronted appliances come in a range of styles, from traditional stoves to contemporary insert units. The technology in these appliances means that they can offer efficiencies in excess of 70%. When this efficiency is combined with wood as a fuel the resulting carbon saving against an electric fire is the most impressive.