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Electric Stoves vs Wood burners

Posted on: 25th September 2017

Wood burners and electric stoves are two fireplace solutions that are on opposite ends of the heating spectrum. Both have their own unique considerations, from the way they’re installed and how they function, to the kind of atmosphere they instill in your home and – most importantly – how effective they are at keeping you warm.

Choosing between the two can be tough, which us why we’ve put together this article to see how electric stoves and wood burners weigh up against each other.

Fuel to the fire

Starting with the obvious difference between the two: the presence of fire itself. If you’re after the genuine look and feel of a live flame, you’ll probably lean quite far in favour of a wood burner. But keeping that flame going requires fuel, something you don’t have to worry about with an electric stove.

True, firewood isn’t the most cash-intensive fuel source – especially if you can source and supply your own – but it’s a constant requirement, one that’ll leave you in the cold should you run out.

An electric stove is the simpler option here, all it requires is a plug socket and an active mains connection and you’re good to go. Of course, on the flip side, should there be a power cut or a surge, you’re left without a heat source. Wood burners are a lifesaver under these circumstances, eliciting a cosy, comfortable atmosphere while you wait for the power to return.

Woodburner vs Electric stove

Home without a chimney

One of the main reasons homeowners opt for electric stoves is due to a lack of chimney or flue. Unless you want to commit to installing a bespoke flue system for a wood burner, an electric stove will definitely be the most attractive option. Some properties do have old open fireplaces which have been bricked over, and reopening these can leave you with the perfect place for a modern wood burner. If you have an operational chimney, make sure that it is in good condition before installing a wood burner. Poor ventilation, broken flue lining or loose brickwork can be a major health hazard when combusting solid fuel, so have yours checked before making a decision (especially if your chimney hasn’t been used in a while).

Chimney and flues


Once installed, how easy is each fireplace to use? In terms of getting the fire going, you can’t get any simpler than electric stoves. Plug in, turn on and you’re good to go. On the other hand, wood burners require more attention – when lighting the fire, keeping it lit and adjusting the temperature.

If ease of use is most important to you, there isn’t much of a contest, but the process of lighting and kindling a wood burner is a large part of their appeal. Their unique, changing aesthetic and effective heat output can really make the atmosphere of a room; the satisfying live flame-flutter and ember glow of crackling wood can’t be truly replicated any other way. So if you’re on board with tending to the fire, you’ll find that it can be quite rewarding.

Heat output

Primarily, a fireplace should be responsible for keeping you warm. There is a difference in heat output between electric fires and wood burners, so your choice will depend on exactly how you plan to use a fireplace in your home.

An electric fire is perfect for zonal heating, but larger rooms may not feel the full effect if it’s the only heat source. An advantage of free standing electric fires is portability. If there’s a certain part of the home that you want to target, all you need to do is plug the fire in nearby and turn it on. A convenient heating solution for any room in the home, electric fires might not be the most powerful, but they’re no slouch either.

Once you’ve got a fire going, a wood burner is capable of producing significant heat for larger areas than an electric stove. You can keep the entire room warmer for longer once you’ve mastered the art of wood burning, and you’ll definitely notice the difference during those harsh winter months.

Of course, if you’re in doubt about the heating requirements for your home, just ask the professionals at the Rotherham Fireplace Centre. We can walk you through the pros and cons of specific models of wood burners and electric stoves, and you can even experience them for yourself at our showroom.

The team at Rotherham Fireplace Centre are here to help. We supply and install bespoke fireplace packages throughout Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and the surrounding South Yorkshire area. We work closely with you to deliver an efficient service every time, and ensuring you find your dream fireplace without any fuss. To find out more about all of our products, simply contact our friendly team today.



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