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The UK’s Best Wood Burning Stoves For Generating Warmth

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Written by April Foot

Wood burning stoves are a hugely popular, practical and stylish addition to your interior space.

This method of heating your home allows you to burn wood to produce heat in a natural way. Wood burning stoves are relatively easy to install, and can be a great alternative to central heating, or a way of reducing household bills.

As well as being a practical source of warmth, wood-burning stoves are also highly on-trend. They represent a blend of rustic and modern design, which works with a wide variety of interior schemes, and are great for giving your home a cosy feel.

Our #1 Top Pick
5.5kW Cast Iron Multifuel Woodburning Stove
Value Pick
Lincsfire Harmston JA013S 5.5KW Multifuel Stove Clean Burn Wood Burner Log Burning Fire Woodburning...
Also Consider...
Outbacker 'Firebox' Portable Wood Burning Stove (Black)
Heat Output
5.5kW
5.5kW
3kW
Dimensions
53 x 38 x 33 cm
39.5 x 32 x 53 cm
25 x 25 x 40 cm
Weight
55Kg
55Kg
12Kg
Price
£289.95
£239.95
£189.99
Our #1 Top Pick
5.5kW Cast Iron Multifuel Woodburning Stove
Heat Output
5.5kW
Dimensions
53 x 38 x 33 cm
Weight
55Kg
Price
£289.95
Value Pick
Lincsfire Harmston JA013S 5.5KW Multifuel Stove Clean Burn Wood Burner Log Burning Fire Woodburning...
Heat Output
5.5kW
Dimensions
39.5 x 32 x 53 cm
Weight
55Kg
Price
£239.95
Also Consider...
Outbacker 'Firebox' Portable Wood Burning Stove (Black)
Heat Output
3kW
Dimensions
25 x 25 x 40 cm
Weight
12Kg
Price
£189.99

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If you’re keen to add a wood-burning stove to your home, take a look at our selection of 5 of the best options on the market. We’ve chosen these for their superior style, heat-output, user-friendliness, and value for money.

Best Pick: RoyalFire 5.5kW Cast Iron Burning Stove

Our favourite wood burning stove is high-quality, versatile and affordable

Our best wood burning stove is this 5.5kW Cast Iron Stove from RoyalFire. This cast iron stove has a maximum heat output of 5.5kW, and can be fuelled by coal, wood or a smokeless fuel. There’s an air vent system to help you control the fire, and keep it burning for longer.

The flue can be set up in multiple positions, either at the top or rear, which gives you greater flexibility with installation, and makes it suitable for most homes. A removable ash pan and an included fire-resistant glove are more user-friendly features, and make the stove easy to handle and clean.

This is a good looking wood burning stove, with a cast iron body, intricate detailing and metallic brass handles, and it should please those users concerned with interior design.

At H 53 x W 38 x D 33 cm, and with a 5” flue, it is compact, and ideal for most homes. Make sure to check the dimensions prior to purchase, as a few online users have been surprised by its small size on arrival. Bear in mind that it will only accommodate logs of 15 – 20cm, so you may need to chop your wood up further.

Overall, this a good-looking, functional and affordable wood-burning stove, that will quickly and efficiently heat up a space, and make a cosy centrepiece in any room. 

Pros

  • Made from high-quality cast iron.
  • Maximum 5.5kW heat output.
  • Can be fuelled by coal, wood, or a smokeless fuel.
  • Choice of flue position offers you flexibility in set up.
  • Air vent control helps your fire to burn for longer.
  • Removable ash pan, for easy cleaning.
  • Includes a fire-resistant glove, for handling.
  • HETAS approved.
  • Comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Cons

  • Compact size might be too small for some, and means it can only accommodate small logs.
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Value Pick: Lincsfire Multifuel Stove

Our best value wood burning stove is very similar to our top pick, but slightly more affordable – although you can’t burn coal

If you’re looking for a more affordable wood-burning stove, this Lincsfire Harmston Multifuel Wood Burner is pretty much identical to our top pick, but has a slightly lower price tag.

This one has the same maximum heat output as the RoyalFire of 5.5kW, and can be fuelled by wood or charcoal – although not actual coal. It is made from cast iron, and has similar detailing and brass handles to our top pick, to give it a stylish aesthetic.

The log burner also features factory-fitted ‘Robax’ high-temperature glass, an air vent control, and a repositionable flue, that can be installed at the top or rear of the stove. A removable ash pan ensures you can easily empty and clean the log burner after use.

A super air wash system helps to make sure that you always have the best view of your roaring fire, and advanced slow burning technology gives the stove 80% burning efficiency.

It measures H 53 x W 39.5 x D 32 cm, so it’s another compact option, with the associated benefits and drawbacks. It will be perfect for small rooms, but will require small logs, and may not produce enough heat to warm a large space. Ultimately though, this is another awesome small wood burning stove, for a very reasonable price.

Pros

  • 5.5kW heat output.
  • Can be fuelled by wood or charcoal.
  • Made from cast iron.
  • Removable ash pan enables easy cleaning.
  • Includes heat-resistant glove, for safe handling.
  • CE certified.
  • 1-year warranty (for everything except glass).
  • Low price – one of our most affordable wood burning stoves.

Cons

  • Can’t be fuelled by coal.
  • Small size means you will need to chop your logs to fit.
  • Some units reported to arrive without the holes for the legs tapped out, hindering assembly.
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Outbacker ‘Firebox’ Portable Stove

This portable, low-output log burning stove can be installed in your shed or tent, and can be used for cooking, as well as heating

Our next wood burning stove is this Firebox Portable Stove by Outbacker, which is both the cheapest and smallest model on our list, at 40 x 25 x 25 cm.

It features a slightly different style to our previous 2 stoves, with the main difference being that this is a portable wood stove, and can be used outside. It weighs a light 12kg, and comes with a carry bag, for easy storage and transportation.

This log burning stove is perfect for use when camping, and makes a great addition to your (fire-retardant) tent, yurt or shed. As well as heating a space, it can also be used for cooking and boiling water, which is great news for campers wanting their morning cuppa! A built-in spark arrestor helps to prevent sparks landing on your tent, making it safer.

Other helpful features include packable flue sections and removable legs, so you can pack it down small. However, the portability comes at a cost of heat output, as this one only throws out up to 3kW, which is considerably lower than our previous 2 stoves.

If you’re looking for a wood burning stove that you can take camping, or install in your shed or summer house, this is the one that offers you the most versatility – and the price is pretty unbeatable.

Pros

  • Portable log burner with flue, suitable for inside or outside use.
  • Lightweight (12kg) and easy to move around.
  • Comes with a carry bag, packable flue sections, and removable legs, to help with storage and transportation.
  • Built-in spark arrestor to make it safer.
  • Comes with a hot plate cover, and also be used for cooking.
  • Side racks offer a convenient place for pots or a kettle.
  • Glass window allows you to see what’s going on inside.
  • Ideal for use in sheds, tents or yurts.
  • Low price – this is our cheapest wood stove.

Cons

  • Comparatively low 3kW heat output.
  • Small glass window means less of a view of your fire than on some other models.
  • Only recommended for burning wood, not coal.
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Lincsfire Saxilby Cast Iron Woodburner

This wood burning stove is a slightly larger model, with a higher heat output of 6.5kW

This Saxilby Cast Iron Woodburner is the second option from Lincsfire on our list. This CE certified wood burner is capable of emitting up to 6.5kW of heat, which is our hottest yet. It’s made from high-quality cast iron, with brass handles, to give it a high-end finish.

The Saxilby features a similar style to their Harmston mode, with many of the same specs. These include a built-in air vent, a heat-resistant glove for safely opening the door, and a removable ash pan, for easy cleaning. It is possible to position the flue at either at the top or the rear of the stove, and the flue collar is included.

Advanced slow burning technology gives the stove 80% burning efficiency. At H 57.5 x W 44.5 x D 34 cm, the Saxilby is the slightly larger of the two wood burners, and might be more suited to heating bigger spaces. It can be fuelled by wood or charcoal, but not coal.

Some minor assembly is required on arrival, and it will need to be installed according to regulations, but this is true of all our stoves. Overall, this wood burning stove is an excellent choice for those who want the style of a small stove, with the warming power of a larger one.

Pros

  • Made from high-quality cast iron.
  • Can be fuelled by wood or charcoal.
  • Larger size means more heat output (6.5kW).
  • Super air wash system to give you the best view of your fire.
  • Built-in air vent control.
  • Flue can be positioned at the top or rear.
  • Removable ash pan for easy cleaning.
  • CE certified.
  • Comes with a 1 year-warranty.

Cons

  • Not recommended for use with coal.
  • Glass only guaranteed for 30 days. 
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Lincsfire Branston 12kW Cast Iron Log Burner

This large wood burner has an impressive output of 12kW, and is ideal for warming larger spaces

Rounding up our list of the best wood burning stoves is Lincfire’s Branston 12kW Log Burner, which, at H 61 x W 63 x D 44.5 cm is by far our largest wood burner, and the only one with double doors.

It’s made from cast iron, and has a whopping maximum heat output of 12kW, making it the hottest wood stove on our list. If you’re the kind of person who’s always cold, or you need to heat a large space, this could be the one for you. 

Features include a built-in air vent, and an ‘air wash’ system, which uses pre-heated air to wash the system and keep the glass clear, affording you a better view of the fire. Clean burning technology ensures the stove has 80% burning efficiency.

The flue can be positioned at either the top or the rear of the stove, and the flue collar is included. Other items included with purchase are a heat-resistant glove for opening the door when the handle is hot, and a removable ash pan, to allow you to easily clean the stove after use.

This log burner is stylish and effective, and will quickly heat up your space – for larger rooms, it’s the one we recommend.

Pros

  • High heat output of 12kW.
  • Can be fuelled by wood or charcoal.
  • Built-in air vent control.
  • Super air wash system gives you a clear view of the fire.
  • Flue can be positioned at the top or rear.
  • Removable ash pan enables easy cleaning.
  • Ideal for larger rooms.
  • CE certified.

Cons

  • Not recommended for use with coal.
  • Glass only guaranteed for 30 days. 
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How To Install A Wood Burning Stove

When installing a wood burning stove, you will need to comply with building regulations, and inform your local council, so they can inspect the finished work. If you don’t feel your DIY skills are up to it, we recommend employing the services of a certified HETAS installer.

Wood burners are easiest to install if you already have a chimney and chimney liner in place. In this case, you generally need to assemble the log burner, and attach the correct-sized flue to the top or rear outlet. This will be either a 5” or 6” flue, depending on the stove. You will then connect this part of the flue to the chimney liner, using an adaptor.

Bear in mind that, if you have an older house, you may need to install a chimney liner first. Fitting a carbon monoxide alarm in the same room is essential, and depending on the air permeability of your house, you might also need to install a vent.

What To Put Behind A Wood Burning Stove

Wood burning stoves should be installed on a hearth, made from a non-combustible material, such as stone, slate, granite or ceramic tiles. This will stop sparks from landing on the floor, reducing the risk of a house fire.

You will also need to install a heat shield on the wall behind your wood burning stove, to protect it from damage. This should be made from a similar non-combustible material, such as sheet metal.

About the author

April Foot

April is a freelance writer who specialises in travel, home and garden design, and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.

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