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12 Log Burner Ideas to Create a Cosy Home

Log burner ideas
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Searching for log burner ideas can be a transformative task. A quintessentially comforting and characterful feature, wood burning, electric and multi-fuel stoves  come in all shapes and sizes (and prices) and will create a cosy atmosphere in any home. 

Whether you're looking to replace a dated fire, or add an eye-catching element in a new home or renovation, there's a log burner or stove for every style. 

From modern designs and small models to outdoor additions and log-effect warmers, we've selected a range of log burner ideas to inspire you below.

When looking for ideas, it can be easy to get swept up in appearances and aesthetics, so if you're after a more in-depth look at the spec which would work best for you, take a look at our guide to choosing a log burning stove

1. Create a Warm Welcome with a Modern Log Burner

Modern woodburning stove

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Whatever style of log burner you choose, the warmth they bring to a home is unparalleled. Although a natural fit in renovations, picking the perfect spot in a new home or extension project is another story. 

Adding a stove to a living room is a natural choice, but consider also installing in the room used most often, like an open plan kitchen diner. Mendip Stoves' Woodland Double Sided stove is designed to offer the best of both worlds: an open-plan warmth as well as a cosy spot to snuggle down in. 

2. Heat a House with a Large Log Burner

Charnwood outdoor log burning stove

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With new home design becoming more and more efficient and airtight, many homeowners opt to heat a home only using a woodburing stove. 

This Charnwood Country 4 stove has an optional backboiler available which can also power domestic hot water and a few radiators. 

2. Go for a Bright, Colourful Modern Log Burner Idea

Modern log burner ideas

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Arada's Farringdon is an Ecodesign ready model that can be purchased in wood burning and multi-fuel choices, as well as in a range of contemporary colour options. 

From a daring Spice (pictured) to a relaxing grey Mist, there is a Farringdon for all tastes and styles.

3. Think about Where to Store Logs for a Woodburning Stove

Small log burning stoves

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Often utilised as a design feature, log stores can be as big or as little as you choose. Many stove models offer the choice of a built-in storage unit which can be incorporated under or to the side of a burner. 

4. Consider an Electric Log Burner for a Cheaper Price

Electric stove ideas

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Although not entirely the same experience as a woodburning stove, electric log burners have come a long way in the last few years and there are some really great options out there, especially for those on a budget. 

5. For a Contemporary Space, Inset Your Stove 

Modern log burner ideas

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Create a stunning contemporary focal point with an inset stove like this Riva 66 model from Stovax. The built-in design creates the illusion of a gas fireplace, but the deep flame can accommodate burning wood. 

6. Add a Unique Outdoor Log Burner 

Outdoor wood burner ideas

The Quaruba is a closed fire with wheels for extra-easy mobility. (Image credit: Calido)

A beautiful alternative to a chimenea or fire pit, but without the fear of having to keep moving to avoid smoke. 

An outdoor stove heater means the wind won't dampen the warmth produces while opting for one made from Cor-ten, such as this, or another weatherproof materials means the stove can look just as good year after year. 

7. Multi-fuel Stoves Offer Extra Flexibility

Multi-fuel stoves

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If you want the choice of burning coal as well as wood, multi-fuel stoves are the perfect choice. 

This Birchdale stove in Arctic White from ACR Stoves is certified smoke exempt, meaning it can be used in smoke controlled areas — perfect for both the countryside and in towns. 

8. Freestanding Modern Log Burners can Become a Feature with Wow-factor

Modern log burner ideas

The Morso 6148 is available for £1,799 (Image credit: Morso)

Minimalist yet comforting, stoves balanced on a plinth or pedestal are ideal for warming up new spaces. Don't forget to choose a model with a large glass doors for uninterrupted views of the flames. 

9. Small Log Burning Stoves are a Great Choice where Space is Limited

Small log burning stove ideas

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Space saving but no less interesting to look at, compact and slimline stoves can often be the most beautiful.

With a stylish wide-format door, the Arada i series (here the i600) would be an impressive addition to any room, despite it's small stature. 

10. Traditional Log Burners look Great in Renovated Homes

Traditional woodburning stove

The Heritage soapstone-clad stove in Blue Enamel has an output of 16kW and costs £3,933 from Eurostove.  (Image credit: Eurostoves)

After recapturing characterful features and original fixtures in a period home, installing an ill-fitting stove would be a real crime. 

There are many restored and reclaimed woodburners out there, as well as new models with the timeless appearance of the past replicated. 

11. Opt for a Classic Charnwood Log Burner to Keep it Traditional 

Traditional charnwood log burner ideas

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Brick inglenook? Check. Comfy reading chair? Check. Beautiful woodburning stove? Definitely check!

The Charnwood Island traditional multi-fuel stove is a compact and elegant choice with a heat output of 2-7kW. 

12. Electric Log-effect Stoves Don't Have to Look Out of Place

Electric log-effect stove

The E-Trinity 3 Electric Stove from ACR can be bought with a glue pipe and stylish glass hearth  (Image credit: ACR)

Freestanding electric stoves can be transformed with a few simple additions, creating the illusion of a real log burner. 

Add a flue, a hearth or even a stack of logs beside an electric fire to transform into a characterful feature. 

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.