During any season it’s important that you keep your home comfortable. Fortunately, wood burning heaters offer a way to create environmentally friendly heat that is beautiful to look at and offers great customization between different model choices.
Before you begin your wood burning heater journey in Sydney search, learn what to look for by reading this article.
Type of Wood Heater
Depending on where you plan to use your wood heater, there are 2 primary options for the type or style of heater you’ll use: standalone or insert heaters.
Standalone heaters can be placed independently of any walls or location requirements outside of simply requiring proper ventilation and distance from combustibles. They are available in a variety of styles and colors with different door-opening styles, viewing windows, chimney layouts, and leg styles.
Insert heaters are placed inside a wall or between two rooms’ walls to create a window-esque fireplace. The ventilation that it uses is built into the wall as well, providing simple, low-profile, and beautiful heat. Most have a lift-style door opening to access the wood that hides itself when closed.
Size or Heat Output
The ideal size of your wood burning heater will depend on the space you have available, as well as the size of the room (or even home) you are looking to heat. In general, a larger fireplace means that you can produce more heat by burning more wood, and burn it for longer. But, not everyone needs a huge fireplace that takes up most of a tiny room.
Many heaters will provide a coverage area that they are designed to heat, so be sure to measure the size of the area you’re heating before you buy. Another approach is to buy the largest-capacity model that you can find that will fit where you plan to keep it. This way you can ensure your entire home is warm and that you don’t have to stoke the fire during the night.
Safety and Emissions Rating
Whenever there is a fire, the safety of the appliance is paramount to choosing the right model for you. Nobody wants to risk their home with an unsafe wood heater, so ensure that your choice has proper clearance from the burning area and the exterior as well as a properly-sized flue.
Check for emissions information in any model of wood stove you consider, ensuring that they have emissions of no more than 2 grams per hour so that they don’t negatively affect your air or the environment.
Catalytic vs Non-Catalytic Stoves
Depending how you plan to use your wood burning heater, you’ll have to make another decision between 2 types of heater.
After igniting the fire initially, the catalytic stove continues the process for you. Catalytic stoves use a catalytic combustor to ignite the emissions and byproducts resulting from burning wood. This helps to increase the heat output and efficiency while lowering expelled emissions. This catalytic combustor requires cleaning and replacement over time due to damage, but can enable longer burn times at lower temperatures when kept clean. However, a catalytic stove must be monitored to ensure the bypass damper is releasing pressure appropriately.
For a more hands-off and shorter term heating option, there is the non-catalytic stove. Non-catalytic stoves operate best at higher temperatures because the lack of a combustor means the byproducts need a higher temperature to be ignited. Therefore, these stoves have a lower burn time but also require less cleaning and maintenance.
Upgrade Your Home with Sydney Wood Burning Heaters
If you’re after a stylish and efficient addition to your home’s heating system, look no further than a wood burning heater from Sydney Heaters. Offering a variety of different styles and sizes for all kinds of budgets, you’ll be able to find an affordable, safe, and efficient heater to keep you warm all year round.