What size wood burner do I need? How to buy the right model

wood burning stove in white fireplace in modern living room
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What size wood burner do I need? This is one of the most commonly asked questions asked by anyone considering buying a log burning stove for their home — and for good reason. Unless you choose the right size wood burner you could well end up paying for a heat source that is inadequate or overpowering for the space it is being fitted in. 

The number of people opting to install log burning stoves has really increased in recent years and it isn't hard to see why. Today's log burning stoves are not only highly efficient, they also make the ideal focal point and are a great way to heat a room — plus they can work well alongside other low carbon heating solutions, such as heat pumps. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.