Wood Burning Boilers

wood burning boilers

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What does a Wood Burner cost?

I know this is a vague question, I just want some rough ideas so I know whether it’s worth considering installing a wood burner. Also, is a wood boiler basically a wood burning stove with a boiler attached?

Megan to Megan, what are the odds on that? Anyway…

Asking how much a wood burner costs is like asking what a sofa cost. It depends what you want it to do, who you buy it from and frankly how much you’re prepared to spend. But as a starting point, type “wood burners” into Google and click on the link that says “Shopping results for wood burners” (usually quite near the top of the search results). You can then sort this list various different ways and it’s a good way to get a feel for what’s available at what price.

You should find that prices start at just below £500 for a basic room heating appliance (essentially a souped up fireplace but a lot more efficient and without the hassle) and go up from there. At the top end you could expect to pay around £5,000 for a model that also provides all your domestic heating and hot water. That figure should by the way cover installation and commissioning costs.

As a word of advice, by all means browse the web for ideas and to locate suitable suppliers but in my opinion it would be false economy to actually buy online. Wood burners are quite high ticket items and installation is everything (not unlike a new kitchen, it’s not the units themselves, it’s the fitting that counts). You want to buy from someone with a reputation to maintain and who will install (or advise) and stand by their product. You need to think further down the line – there will be servicing, maintenance and possibly repairs required in the years ahead. You do not want to find yourself out on a limb.

To answer the second part of your question, yes a wood boiler is just that, also sometimes called a wood burning boiler stove and other variations (the terminology can be pathalogically obtuse). These tend to be either standalone wood burning boilers, in which case they are often styled to be as boring as a regular gas boiler because they’re housed in a utility room or similar; or are integrated with a traditional wood burning stove where they are usually fitted in place of the firebricks at the back and are hence termed backboilers. Either way, they perform the same function as an oil or gas boiler and in much the same way; water is heated by the burner and piped to radiators and/or hot water cylinder.

There are plenty of resources on the web for you to research what’s involved and whether this is a good (or even viable) option for you. It goes without saying that you need access to wood fuel, somewhere to store wood on your own property, and be able to comply with local building and smoke control regulations.

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