Woodburning stoves are most commonly seen in living rooms, where they are used mostly to keep the home warm and cosy over the winter months. However, traditionally, woodburning stoves are likely to have been found in kitchens, where they would have doubled up as hob and, furthermore, over the years, fires and stoves have been commonplace throughout the rest of a home, keeping bedrooms warm and even heating water supplies for entire households.
As such, even if you most commonly associate them with living rooms, you may find that incorporating a woodburner into other rooms allows you far more freedom in terms of how you heat your home, how you cook and even how you save money on your energy bills.
Installing a woodburner
Around 1 million homes in the UK now have a woodburning stove, and these important assets continue to grow in popularity all the time. To install one, you will need to have an outlet for the smoke and this will mean utilising a chimney that is already in place or having one built especially, either in the form of a traditional bricks-and-mortar chimney or in the form of a much cheaper wall flue.
Of course, you may be limited to where you can place a woodburner by the shape of your roof, the ability for an installer to place a flue in a given location and by the actual number of flues you could realistically add in. As such, whilst you might not be able to install a stove in every room, you should be able to install one in any room so long as you are flexible about positioning.
Before buying a woodburner from a company such as Woodburner Warehouse and getting a professional to install your new heating solution, it is therefore going to be important to understand exactly what you want to get out of owning a stove. Are you hoping to heat your entire home or will you be far better off using your new stove as a replacement for your old hob? Do you already have efficient heating solutions in certain rooms or is the whole house in need of an entirely new type of heating?
Consider how air will move around your home. For instance, if you want to use a stove to heat your bedroom, you may be able to use the heat from a downstairs stove to do just that. If this is the case, you may even want to install your woodburner in a room you don’t care too much about heating if this will allow you to move the heat around the home using grills, vents and air ducts in the most effective way.
When installing a woodburner, another thing to consider is style. Whilst practicality will play a part, one of the great benefits of owning a stove is how great they look and how much they can improve a space aesthetically. However, if you throw one in an ultra-modern and very open-plan space, they may appear a little incongruous. As such, whilst they can very much work in any room in the house, once you know where you want them, you may want to consider how you can make the surroundings even more perfect for them. In the kitchen, it may be that opting for traditional furniture and shaker-style cabinets is the best solution, whilst in the front room such a setup will be complemented beautifully by the likes of a wooden floor and a rustic rug.
By clearing space, optimising surroundings and talking to installers about how your home’s layout may affect placement, you should find that any woodburner you choose can be installed in any room you want it in, from your living room right through to your master bedroom.