If you put in time and effort to take care of your garden, you’ll also know how important it is to look after the environment too. Everything from air quality to harsh pollutants can not only affect the lifespan of your shrubbery, but they can also have wider effects on the planet. While nothing sounds better than spending a relaxing evening outside by a toasty fire, there are some important environmental factors to consider when selecting the right heater for you — especially when it comes to wood burners. From chimineas and firepits to wood burning stoves, this article will help you to select a wood burner that compliments both your garden and the planet.
Are outdoor wood burners bad for the environment?
It’s true that, without the right technology in place, most methods of outdoor heating can have a negative impact on the environment. In January 2018, changes to Lot 20 of EU EcoDesign legislation required all electric and gas patio heaters to comply with minimum efficiency standards. This, in turn, caused many UK households to swap to outdoor wood burners as a more efficient option. So while the UK government places certain domestic regulations upon indoor wood burning stoves, luckily there is little restriction placed upon outdoor ovens, barbecues and burners. That doesn’t mean to say, however, that all outdoor wood burners are made equal— in fact, some are more environmentally friendly than others.
Chimineas and fire pits: a thing of the past?
If you enjoy unwinding with friends beside a crackling outdoor fire, there are typically three options to choose from: chimineas, firepits and wood burning stoves. Where more rustic options such as chimineas and firepits have traditionally been a go-to choice, they aren’t always the safest when it comes to the environment. When compared to modern wood burning options, chimineas and fire pits could be considered a thing of the past. This is because, without any filter system, both are free to release a vast amount of smoke and particulates directly into the air as they burn — which can be damaging to your garden, your guests and the environment.
HEAT: Style and sustainability combined
For aesthetes who value the style of their outdoor spaces just as much as sustainability, a wood burning stove provides the perfect balance. Unlike firepits or chimineas, newer wood burning stoves are often equipped with technology that makes them much safer for the environment. Just take the newest additions to Chesneys HEAT range — the Clean Burn Outdoor Stove. This eco-friendly is built with award-winning clean burn and air wash technology, which help to reduce the harmful particulates and Co2 emissions released into the air. We use the same environmentally friendly technology within our indoor wood burning stoves, so with HEAT you’re guaranteed the same quality assurance of any Chesneys product.
When it comes to style, there’s nothing quite like a Chesneys stove — and that’s something we’re proud of. With its sleek and streamlined silhouette, the Clean Burn Outdoor Stove is designed to be a welcoming focal point for your garden, inviting guests to gather around for its warmth and its aesthetics. If you’re worried about missing out on the fireside aesthetic created by traditional firepits and chimineas, we have that covered too. Each HEAT appliance, including the Clean Burn, features a generous glass window so that you and your guests can still enjoy the ambient flicker of crackling flames on a breezy evening.
Multi-use, fewer pollutants
Nothing keeps party guests happier than a fresh, homecooked meal. If you enjoy cooking outside while entertaining guests, then a multi-use heater barbecue like the Chesneys Heat & Grill Gourmet Range is a great choice for both the planet and your pocket. Investing in a single appliance that consolidates outdoor heating and cooking could save you a substantial amount in fueling, which is ultimately more sustainable. The dual functionality of these stoves means that they can be easily switched from eating to heating mode once the breezy nights draw with little fuss. As with all Chesneys stoves, Each of these models houses the same wood burning and clean burn technology as the Clean Burn, just with the added cooking features.
For an outdoor heater with the perfect balance of sustainability, reliability and innovative technology, choose a Chesneys wood burning stove. You can browse the full Chesneys HEAT range on our website, or visit your local stockist to view them in action.