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Woodburning stoves the basics

A woodburner can be a practical and eco-friendly option for the home, as well as a covetable centrepiece. Emily Brooks explains how to choose the right model

Efficient, sustainable and often employed as a designer focal point, woodburning stoves are almost impossible to resist. Assuming you don’t mind the modest effort involved in obtaining the fuel, preparing a fire and emptying the ash pan (and for many, these rituals are part of the enjoyment), they are ultra-stylish features that look as good as they perform.

Today’s stoves are around 70%-80% efficient – far more effective at heating a room than an open fire – and come in a massive selection of designs. There is a woodburner to suit the majority of budgets, room sizes and situations, from products that fit neatly into a corner to dual-aspect and rotating versions. Here’s an outline of what you should know before you buy.

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The October edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A 1960s property transformed into a characterful home (page 22) • 10 tips to make the most of your self-build plot (page 62) • The best glazed doors for your project (page 75) • Complete guide to building an eco home (page 81) • How to get the planners on side (page 105) … and more!