Buying Guide: The stove and the wood burning fireplace
You are looking for a economical and aesthetic heater ? Choose the wood for sure! Keep the charm of the fireplace by choosing wood as a combustile for your new fireplace or new stove. More efficient thanks to their double combustion, the new wood burning fireplaces have taken the path of modernity and innovation while keeping the authenticity of the natural fuel.
The wood fireplace, popular for many years, produces hot air circulating throughout the house. The new models are all the more effective because they are equipped with a dual combustion system : the gases released when the logs burn up are reignited for complete combustion. From where more heat with less wood (we then move to a return of more than 75%), while limiting polluting emissions.
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Wood is a renewable, sustainable and economical energy. With him, the cost of the kWh of heating is 0.04 euros against 0.07 euros for natural gas and 0.15 euros for electricity. And then there is the pleasure of a good old-fashioned wood fire, the crackling, the smell, the vision of colorful embers and flames very high and yellow. Even if, with a closed hearth, these small pleasures are less noticeable than with an open fireplace. Finally, the last major argument: the purchase of a stove or a closed wood chimney opens right to a 30% tax credit, which is not the case with gas fireplaces.
Retro look for the Oscar cast iron fireplace, covered in black cast iron, soapstone and colored ceramics. 8kW. Palazzetti
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It is necessary to get regularly in logs (via the NFB Wood Energy Network, for example). Attention to the quality of wood : It must be made from hardwood species (oak, hornbeam, beech) and sufficiently dry (moisture content below 20%), otherwise it will burn poorly and will reduce the yield of the device. In general, the operation of a fireplace is simple. However, plan a space sheltered from the rain to store the logs.
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Made of matte steel, the Lea 998 wood wall fireplace is also available in a central version. 9.8 kW. JC Bordelet
It's for you if ...
You have room to store the wood ; you like the friendly side of a traditional fire and are ready to devote some time and energy.
In wenge and slate effect marble, the Forest corner fireplace cultivates the natural. 13.5 kW. Chazelles
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And why not a pellet stove?
Highly efficient, this unit connected to the electrical network has an exceptional performance of around 90%. Here, no logs or gas but pellets, small cylinders of compacted sawdust also called "pellets". They have the advantage of being economical (0.06 euros per kWh), very dirty and not bulky. And above all, as they are stored in an integrated tankthey allow the device to operate independently for up to three days in a row. Another advantage of the pellet stove: we can modulate its power and program it from a remote control, or even a smartphone. Alas, the design of the devices remains for now rather massive. Also beware of the noise of the fan that pulsates the hot air, even if, on this point, the most recent devices have made great progress.
To know : there are also pellet inserts. These, like the stoves, open right to a tax credit of 30%.
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