Best Wood Burning Stoves in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 23, 2020
Our wood-burning stoves "feel like home". They deftly combine tradition, beauty, and cosiness to let you enjoy your winter evenings to the fullest. A wood stove will bring warmth into your room while mesmerising you with the image of a roaring fire and glow of the dancing flames. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Power
Efficiency
Material
Flue Outlet Diameter
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The oven is delivered fully assembled, so you can connect it to the ventilation system immediately after unpacking. Advanced air vent control allows you to adjust the burning time. 

CONS

No ashpan hook included.

OUR VERDICT

This is a premium DEFRA-approved stove that can be legally used to burn wood in any area of the United Kingdom including those classified as Smoke Control. Also, it's very durable and modern-looking.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 8 kW

Efficiency

78 %

Material

Cast iron, Tempered glass

Flue Outlet Diameter

125 mm

Extras

Air vent control system, Top and back vent holes, Heat-resistant glove included

Dimensions

44.5 x 43 x 62 cm

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The ashpan is larger than average, so it can hold a large amount of ash, ridding you of the need to clean it too often. There is a separate door for ashpan so that you can easily remove it and empty.

CONS

The feet may leave traces on some surfaces. 

OUR VERDICT

If you need to heat a large room up to 150 square metres, the Lincsfire Metheringham stove will be the best solution. With the maximum output of 13 kW, it will raise the air temperature by several degrees almost immediately after ignition.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 13 kW

Efficiency

~76 %

Material

Cast iron, Tempered glass

Flue Outlet Diameter

150 mm

Extras

Air vent control system, Top and back vent holes, Ashpan hook and heat-resistant glove included

Dimensions

63 x 44 x 62 cm

Warranty

1 year (30 days for glass)

PROS

The Super Sir wash system keeps the window clean even after weeks of intense use. This feature makes this stove a great alternative to fireplaces. It'll let you clearly see the dancing flame.

CONS

Polished brass handles aren't that usable.

OUR VERDICT

The Lincsfire Harmston is a very reasonably-priced compact stove with a neat design. It can be a perfect addition for small rooms. For its tiny size, it kicks out plenty of heat. Its slow-burning technology ensures 80% burning efficiency.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 5.5 kW

Efficiency

80 %

Material

Cast iron, Tempered glass

Flue Outlet Diameter

130 mm

Extras

Air vent control system, Top and back vent holes, Ashpan hook and heat-resistant glove included

Dimensions

39.5 x 32 x 53 cm

Warranty

1 year (30 days for glass)

PROS

A free flue pipe is included in the box. It'll let you connect the stove to the ventilation system (flue outlet diameter is 130 mm). The kit also includes a high-quality heat-resistant glove.

CONS

You'll need extra help to assemble this stove.

OUR VERDICT

The Lincsfire Sudbrooke is a gorgeous double-door model that is perfect for larger spaces. It takes a lot of fuel and gives off a good amount of heat. It has a classy design that goes amazingly well practically with any style of decor.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 12 kW

Efficiency

76 %

Material

Cast iron, Tempered glass

Flue Outlet Diameter

130 mm

Extras

Air vent control system, Top and side vent holes, Flue pipe, Ashpan hook and heat-resistant glove included

Dimensions

63 x 43 x 61 cm

Warranty

1 year (30 days for glass)

PROS

This wood burner is made from new, heavy-duty cast iron (18 gauge), so it won't deform or get rusty over time. The unit has a powder-coated finish to prevent corrosion.

CONS

The ashpan is too small (requires frequent emptying).

OUR VERDICT

Despite relatively small dimensions, the Lincsfire Saxilby burner boasts a power of 6.5 kW and a high burning efficiency. Therefore, it can heat the residential and non-residential areas of up to 80 square meters.

detailed parameters
Power

Up to 6.5 kW

Efficiency

80 %

Material

Cast iron, Tempered glass

Flue Outlet Diameter

130 mm

Extras

Air vent control system, Top and back vent holes, Ashpan hook and heat-resistant glove included

Dimensions

44.5 x 34 x 57.5 cm

Warranty

1 year (30 days for glass)

Saltfire Oslo

Premium Quality Construction

The Saltfire Oslo Eco is one of those rare woodburning stoves that can seamlessly blend into any interior, be it classic or contemporary. Although it's made from cast-iron, it has a simplistic modern design with clean lines and minimum controls.

We particularly love the fact that this stove comes with a 3-year guarantee and is hand made from virgin cast iron. That is to say, the manufacturer hasn't cut corners and avoided using remelted scrap iron that could potentially result in weak and brittle cast iron. There are many examples of virgin cast-iron stoves still going strong after dozens of years. We believe this one won't be an exception.

The cast iron is finished in black high-temperature paint that was sourced in the USA. Additionally, the stove is completed with thermo-ceramic clear glass from Schott, the German industry-leading brand. So, you can expect a top-notch look from this stove for a long while.

As for the smoke, it's so clean that you'll see only clear vapour coming out of your chimney. With that, the stove produces little ash and the glass stays clean, so you'll be able to observe stunning incredible flame effects that will make you peaceful and mesmerised.

Review of Saltfire Oslo Eco Multifuel Woodburning Stove

DEFRA Approved

Take note that this is a multifuel stove that can burn not only wood but also any type of smokeless coal (an additional riddling grate is included). Just add your logs and open the Saltfire air vent control system. Although the stove can be flued from the top or the rear, it concentrates airflow within a small square at the centre of the base.

Importantly, this model has undergone thorough testing at different labs to be compliant with the European and British safety standards. To specify, it's DEFRA and CE/BS approved. This means that Saltfire eco stove can be safely and legally used to burn wood in any area of the United Kingdom including those classified as Smoke Control. In other words, it's suitable for burning of wood in such cities as London, Manchester, Birmingham and other big towns. Actually, only a few cast-iron stoves meet these criteria.

So, if you're looking for the most durable and eco-friendly woodburning stove, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better model than the Saltfire Oslo Eco. It's a premium stove that is well worth every penny.

Saltfire Oslo Eco Multifuel Woodburning Stove in the use

 

Lincsfire Metheringham JA031

One of the Largest and Most Powerful

Are you looking for a nice-looking and functional decoration to your large living room? If yes, no other wood-burning stove will be able to make a statement like the Lincsfire Metheringham. With the dimensions of 630 x 440 x 620 mm and classy design, it's surely one of the most massive and attractive models for big houses and big needs.

Compared to standard indoor wood burners, it has 2x more powerful heating element. So, no wonder this stove heats up large spaces quicker and more evenly. To specify, the Lincsfire Metheringham stove has the 13 kW maximum power output and can raise the air temperature by a couple of degrees Celcius almost immediately after ignition.

Speaking about the operating range, it's suitable for areas up to 150 square meters. Take note that this stove is designed to take air for combustion only from the room it is installed. However, if you'd like to heat other parts of your house, you can attach it to the central heating system (a wood-heating system is required).

Naturally, this large unit can accommodate large logs. It will comfortably fit two 50-cm logs at a time. And owing to the Advanced slow burning technology, you'll get 75.82% burning efficiency with the maximum CO emissions of 0.502%.

Review of Lincsfire Metheringham JA031 MultiFuel WoodBurning Stove

Clear Burn Technology

With that, you'll get cleaner burn and more even flame. That's largely achieved owing to the Clean burn technology. This is a special system that ensures highly-efficient output, less smoke and much cleaner environment.

The main principle of the technology lies in introducing pre-heated, secondary air into the firebox just above the normal height of the fire. This promotes the combustion of unburnt hydrocarbons found in the smoke stream. This cleanburn process increases the combustion efficiency of the Lincsfire stove and drastically reduce the amount of unburnt particles going up your chimney. As a nice extra, it also gives you a better flame visual.

All things considered, if you struggle to find a nice-looking and efficient wood burner for large rooms, this is a stellar offering for you. With its classic design and unique dancing-flame effect, it'll make your room more upscale and cosier.

Lincsfire Metheringham JA031 MultiFuel WoodBurning Stove in the use

 

Lincsfire Harmston JA013S

Super Cute

Compared to most other stoves in the sub-£200 price range, the Lincsfire Harmston is an absolute bargain. It's a cute, efficient, well-built and compact stove. Due to its neat design and modest dimensions (395x320x530mm), it would be perfect for small lounges or houses with a small fireplace.

Surely, not only embracing heat attracts users so much. One of the most attractive things about any stove heater is the view of the fire you can watch. And owing to the Super Air wash system implemented in this model, you'll always get the best view of the fire through a clear window. Due to the aforementioned system, the window will never get fogged, clouded, or stained with smoke.

The air-wash system includes a narrow slot on the top (inside the edge of the glass). And through this gap, most of the air is supplied to the fire. This design solution pushes the combustion air to sweep down between the glass and the fire. As a result, soot just can't stick to the glass. Simply put, the Super Air wash system involves drawing the air over the window, keeping the smoke and exhaust gasses away from the glass - it traps them in the stove burn chamber. Therefore, the glass of this stove will stay clear for weeks even with 24/7 usage.

A clean window will give you more than just a pleasure. It'll let you see at a glance when it’s time to refuel or whether you need to adjust the fuel load.

Review of Lincsfire Harmston JA013S Multifuel Wood Burner

Powerful for Its Size

Despite the mini size, this portable stove is able to pump out quite a lot of heat. Although it requires just 5.5 kW, its slow-burning technology ensures 80% burning efficiency.

As mentioned, it's a multi-fuel model, allowing you to burn coal if you wish. And owing to the airflow control feature, you can leave it to slowly burn overnight. Thus, your hose will be toasty warm as you wake up in the morning.

Overall, the build quality of this stove is nice. Manufactured from traditional cast iron, it seems to survive through long years of heavy use. It's very well made and has a durable finish.

To recap, this compact lag burner kicks much heat out for its size. We believe it can make the ideal first stove for individuals looking for an efficient alternative to a traditional fireplace. Having it in your household, you will get reduced heating bills and an enhanced atmosphere.
Lincsfire Harmston JA013S Multifuel Wood Burner in the use

 

Lincsfire Sudbrooke JA006

Double-door Model

Who said wood log burners should necessarily be with a single-window? The Lincsfire 12KW Sudbrooke JA006 is a beautiful double-door model that is perfect for larger spaces. It has a classy look that works amazingly well with practically any style of decor. So, if you hanker after a traditional old-style stove, this black cast-iron model can neatly nestle into a brick fireplace. It looks expensive, feels very substantial, and performs well. Ideal for large, airy living rooms.

This posh stove kicks out a whopping 12kW of heat and can burn not only wood but solid fuel like charcoal (though it's not capable of burning coal). Made with the 510 x 280 x 130-290mm firebox, it takes quite a lot of fuel and gives off a good amount of smoke-free heat. And if you stack the wood logs beautifully, you’ll get an excellent focal point with nice flame patterns in your room. That said, it's also great for outdoor use since it can add warmth and style to any patio or summer house with its double-door design and large-capacity stove.

For the ease of use, the kit includes a heat-resistant glove, ashpan hook, and ashpan itself. A built-in ash pan is a great fire accessory that will collect old ash, making the cleanup chore way easier.

Review of Lincsfire Sudbrooke JA006 MultiFuel Wood Burning Stove

Nice Addition

Obviously, everyone wants a stove that would be easy to install. Luckily, this one comes with clear instructions and all hardware required for installation. Once assembled, it makes 610 x 630 x430 mm. At this size, it's a very solid and well-built piece of kit. However, there's a word of warning - it's a bit too heavy. It weighs 118 kg, so it's quite heavy for two men to lift. You'll definitely need extra help to assemble this.

As a nice touch, the kit includes a free 12.7-cm flue pipe that can be installed either on top or rear (the flue is in the centre). A flue pipe is an integral part of any heating installations. It takes away exhausts gases and other hazardous byproducts of combustion into the outside air through the flue. Therefore, the indoor air stays pure.

As you see, the design of the Lincsfire 12KW Sudbrooke is thought-out to every fine detail. And by purchasing it, you won't need to spend money on additional components. Just stock on some wood logs and you're ready to go.

Lincsfire Sudbrooke JA006 MultiFuel Wood Burning Stove in the use

 

Lincsfire Saxilby JA013

Well-Balanced Model

What we have here is another good stove by Lincsfire. The Saxilby multifuel model is a well-balanced model that is neither too tiny nor too bulky. It has just the right size to fit into a medium-sized living room. And taking into account the fact that it has an optional front or top outlets, the stove can be easily adjusted in any position.

It's small enough to fit on a hearth in front of the smallest of chimney openings so as to vent outside Carbon Monoxide poisoning gases. However, take note that you'll need a flue liner and a heatproof hearth for connection. The unit comes with 5-cm fitting for attaching the flue (the flue pipe isn't included).

Overall, the unit is well-constructed and easy to clean. It has the Super airwash system, prevents smoke from escaping and nails in the wood from falling through to the ash pan. So, daily cleaning and operational tasks will be quite straightforward and quick.

Unlike previous models from the Lincsfire lineup, this one is produced from new high-quality cast iron (Grey iron #18) that has a longer lifespan and very good damping capacity. The unit boasts full cast construction with inner cast lining that seems to be ultra-reliable.

Review of Lincsfire Saxilby JA013 Multifuel Wood Burning Stove

Packs a Big Punch

Though it's a relatively small stove, it packs a mighty punch. The heat output is impressive, so it can easily heat a room within a short period from cold to toasty warm. And to make things even better, you can buy an optional fan and put it on the stove to blow the heated air into the room.

As this is a quite small wood burner, it hardly fits standard logs. Therefore, we recommend checking the internal dimensions before ordering a pack of logs. Alternatively, you can always use charcoal.

After a short while, you'll get the hang of controlling this stove and will be able to vary the intensity of the flame and heat output (slow down or speed up the burn rate). On average, the time for burning makes about 3 hours, even with coal. But the stove remains hot to the touch for several hours after the flame is gone.

All things considered, this is a good and efficient stove for average rooms. It's made from ultra-tough material and is likely to faithfully serve you for long years to come.

Lincsfire Saxilby JA013 Multifuel Wood Burning Stove in the use

 

What Is a Wood Burning Stove?

Imagine for a moment that you're sitting in your comfy chair, reading a newspaper or magazine, while your kids or grandchildren are having fun... It's deepest mid-winter, you lay down your reading material, and head off to add more logs into a wood-burning stove to make the atmosphere in your living room even cosier and the air warmer. Sounds great? If so, it's high time to realise your dream with our selection of the wood-burning stoves. We've lined up the cream of the crop, giving you an assortment of the best products found anywhere online.

A wood-burning stove is basically a very efficient heating device capable of burning wood logs and other types of wood-derived fuel. It usually consists of a solid metal firebox with a glass door and is typically lined by fire brick. Also, it has one or more air controls that allow you to adjust the burning intensity and time.

How does a wood stove work? In simple words, it heats up and radiates heat through the walls and top. But unlike fireplaces, wood stoves produce far less pollution yet offer the same warmth and beauty of dancing flames. So, if you'd like to make your home super-snuggly and warm, our review should come in handy for you. Below, we break down the top things to consider when choosing a wood-burning stove for your needs.

We also recommend you to check out the selection of the best humidifiers - with one of these you will prevent the air from overdrying and make your living environment healthier.

What Features to Compare

Design

When choosing a wood log burner, you should definitely consider its design. Although most models are made in Black iron, manufacturers add some nifty features that complement different interiors, from sleek and modern to classy and fancy.

When it comes to the style, all stoves from our review are freestanding, meaning you have an option to position them as you like to get the best view of the flames. However, before buying a stove, you should know its dimensions and minimum clearance requirements, especially if you're planning to locate a stove against a wall. Most stoves can be installed either in the existing chimney or in the centre of a room (ventilation through a ceiling).

Fuel

Another crucial aspect to consider is the type of stove. Today, you can find a wide variety of wood-burning stoves or multi-fuel stoves. The latter models offer greater flexibility. They can burn not only wood logs but also a variety of authorized fuels (coal and other kinds of smokeless fuel). A multi-fuel stove has a handy riddling grate inside, where the fuel should lay on.

Wood-burning stoves, in their turn, are capable of burning all types of wood including both hardwood and softwood logs. These stoves designed solely for wood-based products and give more heat output; however, they are less versatile than multi-fuel models and require more effort for cleaning.

Performance

The heat output level is also one of the main concerns when selecting a wood burner. The heat output needs to be proportional to the space you are going to heat. So, prior to purchasing, you need to work out the average heating requirement for your room (measured in kW). For this, you should measure your room and then multiply the width by the length and by the height. The result should be divided into 14. That's it. Now, you know how many kW you need to keep your room warm.

Extras

Finally, you should take into account the extra features of a chosen model. It's nice when a kit includes ashpans, hooks, and heat-resistant gloves. Also, some models come with additional fuel pipes, ridding you of the need to purchase installation components additionally.

If you're going to use a stove in Smoke Control areas, you should opt for Defra-approved models that are heralds of the new age of ultra-green technology.

Why to Choose Wood Burning Stove Rather than a Fireplace?

Place It Where You Want

A wood-burning stove can be installed just anywhere in your house, granted you can run a vent pipe to the outside. It allows you to create zone-heat in any room, or even more, replace a central heating system.

High Heating Efficiency

One of the main benefits of wood burners is the fact that they give off a very efficient heat. Wood stoves radiate heat from all the sides, thus, sending warmth in all directions. So, they warm your room faster and more efficiently than a home’s vent system or a traditional fireplace where a lot of heat is lost through the chimney.

Better for the Environment

Of course, wood-burning stoves used to be quite unhealthy for the environment until 1988 when the first round of EPA regulations took effect. They could release unhealthy airborne particles and toxic gases into the outside and inside air.

However, today we have a completely new generation of stoves with smoke emission limits (7.5 grams per hour for non-catalytic stoves and 4.1 grams for catalytic stoves). Some models emit as low as 1 gram of smoke per hour. And since the smoke from a wood stove shoots directly up the stovepipe, the chances of harmful emissions channelling into your home are minimal. In a word, EPA-certified stoves offer a more complete combustion process than open fireplaces; they are able to burn away all the byproducts completely.

As for other fossil fuels for heating (natural gas, propane, or coal), the wood is much more eco-friendly. It’s “carbon-neutral”, meaning it doesn’t add carbon dioxide to the environment when burning.

Wood is also one of the cheapest fuel sources. So, homeowners who would like to try strategic zone heating can save hundreds of pounds in utility bills per year.

Safer Alternative

Naturally, sparks are another hazard of open burning fireplaces. They can easily fly out, causing injury to your family members or damage to your property. Wood burning stoves, on the contrary, are equipped with glass doors and provide a closed combustion process.

Easier Maintenance

No wonder, wood-burning stoves are also easier to maintain and keep in tip-top condition for longer. They come equipped with handy ashpans that effectively catch hot ashes. And cleaning that ashpan with a good ash vacuum is quick and effective. As for the glass, most modern stoves boast Airwash systems that keep the glass clean for longer.

You can find more useful tips and advice here to give your stove a long and happy life.

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Publish Date: 2020-01-23 13:44:24